Hannibal sends out an invitation to Jack for dinner. Will and Hannibal discuss their evolving relationship while in a parallel conversation, Will informs Jack of Hannibal’s plan. Jack intends to go in prepared and with backup available and nearby. It is unclear who’s side Will is on – he warns Hannibal that Jack will be prepared and armed and the level of detail with which he reveals Hannibal’s plan worries Jack. Both men think Will is theirs but ask him who he will choose when the time comes. He tells both that he will do what needs to be done.
Bella forgives Hannibal for stopping her suicide attempt while Will meets Freddie Lounds and requests that she leave Abigail out of her stories. Later, Hannibal and Will burn his notes on past patients and Will notices Hannibal’s notes on him, including the skewed clock. They discuss their escape mechanisms – Hannibal escapes into his memory palace and Will wades into a mental stream. During their conversation, Hannibal catches a scent that reminds him of Freddie Lounds and his suspicions are roused though he says nothing at the time.
Alana visits Will and tells him not to go through with his plan because none of them are sure who is trapping who. Hannibal and Will have their last supper where Hannibal asks whether Will will take an offer of forgiveness from Jack if he were to offer it. Hannibal suggests leaving that same night (before Will can spring his trap, before Jack meets Hannibal for dinner) but Will cannot let that happen and so turns him down, claiming that he wants Jack to know the truth about both of them. The FBI’s internal affairs department is shutting Jack down on the grounds that Jack’s attempt to get Hannibal to murder him is entrapment and illegal. Jack is forced into compassionate leave and has to surrender his gun and badge. Alana is upset about this and meets with FBI internal affairs claiming that the only way to catch Hannibal is in the act. The FBI internal affairs head is sceptical about Will’s own stability and uses Will’s mutilation of Randall Tier as evidence that maybe Will isn’t as stable as he pretends. She issues arrest warrants for Jack and Will with the intention of bringing them into custody. Alana later warns Will that the FBI are coming for him and he grabs a gun and makes a run for it. Before he leaves, he makes a final call – to Hannibal, saying ‘They know’.
Jack arrives early for dinner at Hannibal’s and the fight from the season opener takes place. Alana arrives at the scene and has Hannibal at gun point. He gives her a chance to walk away but shoots instead or rather, she tries – Hannibal has taken her bullets. She flees and locks herself in and has a spare clip but in the room she finds Abigail Hobbs, alive. Abigail shoves her out of the window where she falls just in time to see Will rush into the house. Will is armed but is surprised to see Abigail still alive but his surprise allows Hannibal to get the drop on him and stick a knife in his gut. Hannibal then cuts Abigail’s throat in front of Will as they both slowly bleed out. He then flees the apartment as Will lies dying on the kitchen floor – his last conscious vision of a black stag dying.