Hot on the heels of the news that NBC has indeed renewed “Hannibal” for a Season 3, I poured myself 2 fingers of the good stuff and watched episode 11 with an air of celebration and mourning (RIP “Community”). It’s surprising that the top brass at NBC has given Bryan Fuller’s series another chance because this really is the darkest and most risk take-iest (?) show on network TV, hands down.
What’s interesting about the past few episodes is how this iteration of “Hannibal” is straying from the original story canon. I’ve mentioned this in previous entries on this season but after Chilton’s demise and with Freddie Lounds in the flaming wheelchair in last night’s episode, Bryan Fuller truly is giving a nod to the original and taking enough liberties to move the story into exciting and unfamiliar ground.
Most of the scenes with Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham weren’t as mind blowing in “Ko No Mono” as they were in previous episodes but that is ok. There was that poignant scene where they expressed regret and sorrow over Abigail’s death. The scene went a little strange (as this show tends to be) and the two men literally saw themselves in each other. Still, Will’s playing Hannibal, as we find out later in the episode. I had a feeling Freddie Lounds was not really dead and this harkens back to that ice fishing scene between Jack and Will. Will is baiting the big fish, Jack is aiming to catch him. The two working together in staging Lounds’ death and funeral is a brilliant move and the reveal at the end of the episode was done with just a little bit of a smirk.
What was great, though, even though I had the sneaking suspicion that Freddie was not dead, there was also that concern looming that Will Graham had indeed crossed over the the dark side and became Lecter’s ever so willing Padawon. Still, there was that moment last week where the two ate human flesh together. You can’t fool Hannibal’s taste buds there, right?
Let’s talk about Margot Verger for a second. Through her cunning and seductive ways with Will Graham, she has become pregnant. And we soon find out that the real purpose here is to create another heir to the Verger estate. Now if only there was someone to murder her dear brother Mason Verger. Unfortunately, Mr. Verger was made aware of this information by the constant in everyone’s lives in this world: Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Hey, how about that Michael Pitt! Last week, we were introduced to Margot’s strange brother Mason. It was already alluded to that he had been abusive to Margot but in last night’s episode, we saw Mr. Verger drink a martini flavored with an innocent boy’s tears. Another nod has to go to the whole production as this is a show based around many grotesqueries and yet, the character work is also top notch. Simply put, Mason Verger has gotten under my skin.
And poor Margot! Mason got under her skin as well. In the climax of “Ko No Mono”, Mr. Verger had his sister driven off the road and brought back to him. In this scene, we find Mason and some other “surgeons” doing their best Dead Ringers homage in a scene that plays out with dear brother taking dear sister’s reproductive organs. No, they didn’t show it. And no, they didn’t have to. The mere thought places this man in an evil category all his own.
This sets Will Graham on a path of destruction, or so Hannibal Lecter (and the audience) is led to believe. It’s when he gets to the Verger slaughterhouse that he musters up all the energy to not murder Mason, but instead explain to him that Hannibal Lecter is the one pulling all the strings.
And yes, Freddie Lounds is alive. Alana Bloom has started annoying me in the past few episodes and I still cringe at her romantic goings on with Dr. Lecter but in last night’s episode, we find Dr. Bloom finally doubting herself. We see it in the scene where Hannibal is sniffing the gun powder residue on her hand, from the gun Will gave her for protection. And we hear it later when she confronts Jack Crawford, pleading for the lies to stop.
“Ko No Mono” was episode 11 of “Hannibal” which leaves us with only 2 remaining this season. With tonight’s reveal, there is no doubt that the next two weeks are going to pack quite a punch.
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