[TV] Hannibal – Mizumono (S2E13)

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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.

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[TV] Hannibal – Tome-Wan (S2E12)

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Will reveals to Hannibal that he has told Mason Verger that Hannibal wants to kill him, telling Hannibal that he was curious what would happen – a reversal of what Hannibal told him earlier in the season. Hannibal warns Will that their mutual understanding of each other’s psyches gives them the ability to deceive and be deceived by each other. Will continues to prod Hannibal to kill Mason but Hannibal notes that Will wants to feed Hannibal to the pigs himself. Mason confronts Hannibal about his ‘counsel’ to Margot and makes veiled threats to Hannibal. He wants to know what plan Hannibal and Will are concocting with regards to Margot. Will and Hannibal meet Margot who is defeated. Without the ability to produce a male heir, Margot is totally reliant on Mason.

Will reports to Jack later but confesses that Hannibal has given Will nothing actionable. Jack is under a great deal of stress since Will has killed someone and made a public spectacle over Freddie Lounds’ ‘death’ but the façade cannot continue indefinitely. Will reveals that Hannibal wants Will to murder Mason Verger and Will is trying to get Hannibal do commit the act himself. Jack warns Will to not let his empathy confuse him with what Will wants and what Hannibal wants. Will plans to arrest Hannibal when he tries to kill Mason Verger and as a result there will be 2 witnesses. Jack reveals that with Du Maurier, there will be 3. Will interviews her and she reveals that she killed a patient who attacked her while under Hannibal’s influence. Her story resonates with Will who committed a similar murder with Randall Tier. Du Maurier warns Will that Hannibal does not coerce but persuades instead and tell him that Hannibal will soon convince Will to murder someone he loves all the while making Will think it is the only option. She tells him the best way to catch him will be due to his complacency.

Will meets Hannibal later and concedes that they are both alone and only have each other. Dr. Du Maurier is less than optimistic that Jack’s trap will work and instead thinks that Hannibal has been orchestrating the entire affair. Mason Verger stops by Will’s house and they drive away while his goons go to Hannibal. Hannibal kills one but the other tazes him and he finds himself in front of Will and Mason being strung up for the pigs. He almost taunts his captor into killing him but Mason stops it before it can happen. Mason doesn’t kill Hannibal himself though – he hands the knife to Will and tells him to cut Hannibal so the pigs will finish him off. Will chooses instead to free Hannibal but passes out as Verger’s goon knocks him out. When Will wakes up, he finds the goon fed to the pigs and Hannibal and Mason gone.

Hannibal has drugged Mason with a series of psychedelics and gets him to cut himself by demonstrating how ‘show the fat on a pig’. Will returns home to find blood on his dogs’ mouths and a heavily butchered Mason Verger in his living room. Mason is cutting his face off and is feeding them to Will’s dogs. Hannibal tells Will that Will was to be fed to the pigs after Hannibal and Mason agrees amiably. Despite this, Will doesn’t intend to kill Mason saying that Mason is Hannibal’s patient. Hannibal breaks Mason’s neck but doesn’t kill him.

Jack meets Mason in his sick-room and asks him about what happened to him. Mason says that he fell into the pig-pen but Jack is obvious sceptical that pigs ate his face off but can’t read Mason’s face since there is nothing to read on the mask. Jack leaves and Margot enters as Mason’s caretaker. Jack and Hannibal reach a new understanding after their homicidal experience. Will encourages Hannibal to give Jack the Chesapeake Ripper, to give him closure. Hannibal is hesitant since he considers Jack a friend but decides that as a friend Jack deserves the truth.

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[TV] Hannibal – Ko No Mono (S2E11)

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The episode opens with a new antlered monster resembling Will, born out of the carcass of a dying stag. Hannibal has Will over for dinner again where he offers him a roasted baby songbird as a ‘rite of passage’. Will has and enjoys the bird while Hannibal discusses his first murder, using the songbird as a metaphor. Freddie Lounds’ body is found, set aflame in a wheelchair. The dental records match Freddie Lounds’. Hannibal and Will make an attempt at theorizing the thought process of Lounds’ killer.

Margot and Will talk to Hannibal together. She is pregnant and not proud of her actions. She says she doesn’t need Will in the baby’s life but isn’t opposed to his influence either – any male influence is welcome as long as it isn’t her brother. Meanwhile, her brother is harvesting tears again, this time with from schoolchildren visiting his farm. Will is having difficulty sleeping again and is suffering from night sweats. Alana comes to visit, wanting to know if Will killed Freddie Lounds. He dodges the question and instead gives her a gun and tells her to practice and not to hesitate to use it.

Mason is back in therapy with Hannibal, who is less than pleased at his presence. Hannibal lets slip the possibility of Margot being pregnant as a means to cut Mason out of his inheritance. Alana appears at Freddie Lounds’ funeral and is upset to find Will there. Will consults Hannibal on his feelings about being a father. Hannibal mentions having a sister and being her guardian and also reveals that she passed away. He admits to murdering Abigail out of necessity. He apologizes for taking Abigail away from Will. Mason confronts Margot about her child. Alana is not certain anymore that Hannibal is trying to help Will and she talks about it to Hannibal who assure her he is very much on Will’s side.

Mason has Margot undergo a forced abortion. Alana has finally had enough and confronts Jack on whether he thinks Will killed Freddie Lounds to which Jack replies in the negative. She then asks if Jack believes that Chilton is the Chesapeake Ripper which Jack also denies. She insists that Jack is making a big mistake trusting Will and Hannibal but that’s when Jack reveals that Freddie Lounds has been alive the whole while – implying that Will didn’t kill her and that her murder was a ploy to lure Hannibal into the open.

Will visits Margot in the hospital with Hannibal. He goes to confront Mason, who is expecting him. The two come to blows but Will tells Mason that the only thing all three of them have in common is their psychiatrist which gives Mason some food for thought.

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[TV] Hannibal – Nako Choko (S2E10)

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The episode opens with a more detailed retelling of the events of the last episode, this time from Will’s perspective. Will sees Randall as a monster, similar to Hannibal himself and kills him. Will calls his killing of Randall ‘intimate’ and a bond forms between Hannibal and Will. Jack finds a butchered Randall on display at the museum. Will and Hannibal inspect the body and Will tries his usual method to go into the mind of the killer, except that this time Will is reacting his own actions. Will and Hannibal describe the killer (Will) without going too far into details.

Freddie Lounds interviews Will on the Chesapeake Ripper cases while Hannibal tells Margot that she failed to kill her brother because she still loves him. Noting that her father’s will passes the estate to the next male heir, Hannibal persuades her to make her own legacy. Meanwhiel, her brother has a demonstration planned for her – he has selected specifics breeds of pigs and taught them to eat live human beings. Margot later seduces Will. Freddie meets with Alana briefly and suggests that Will was right about Hannibal being a murderer and that Freddie herself was right about Will being a killer as well, insinuating that the two are in cahoots.

Jason invites Hannibal to see the pigs and they converse about Margot’s therapy and Hannibal suggests that Jason come to him for therapy as well. Jason offers Hannibal one of the hogs and Hannibal serves it to Will and Alana for dinner. Alana is troubled by Lounds’ accusations and brings it up. Will and Hannibal tell her that they know where they stand with each other and this troubles Alana further. Hannibal realizes that Lounds might be trouble and moves to eliminate but Lounds is actually on her way to see Will. Snooping around his house, she finds Randall Tier’s remains and is soon discovered by Will. A short, violent struggle ensues and ends with Will hauling Lounds’ bloody unconscious form out of her car.

Jack hears her final screams and notes to Will and Hannibal that her last known address was very close to Will’s house. Hannibal and Will both offer points that make it seem like Will is not the killer and all of this makes Alana doubly suspicious about Will and Hannibal’s relationship. Later, Will turns up at Hannibal’s door with meat – describing it as ‘long pig’ which they both consume.

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[TV] Hannibal – Shiizakana (S2E9)

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Will fantasizes about killing Hannibal, using a moose to slowly decapitate him. Jack has dinner with Hannibal and Jack is cordial and talks about Will, but Hannibal will not discuss Will with the FBI anymore, since he is Will’s therapist now. A truck driver in the middle of nowhere is killed seemingly by some kind of human-sized animal. Will relives the incident from the previous episode and his attempted murder of the social care worker but Hannibal tells him regret is natural but Will doesn’t regret almost shooting him, but rather not shooting him. Will meets Margot Verger outside Hannibal’s office. Margot realizes that Hannibal is an unconventional therapist as he subtly edges her towards murdering her brother.

The FBI investigates the ‘animal’ attack but soon come to think that the animal was directed by a human. He visits Peter from the last episode and he mentions that some wounds appear to be from wolves and some from bears.  It is revealed that the killer is creating a mechanized suit cobbled together from animal parts to kill his victims. The next victims are a couple sitting by a fireplace and their murder leads Will to conclude that the killer is a man who wants to be an animal. The FBI team discovers that the bite marks belong to a cave bear – a vegetarian species that has been extinct for 28000 years. Furthermore, the skull of the cave bear is not capable of generating enough bite force to cause the kind of damage that the killer has been causing – leading them to suspect that the skull has been enhanced by the killer.

It turns out Hannibal once ‘treated’ a patient who fit the profile and after revealing this information to Jack, he goes over and pays the killer, Randall, a visit. He compliments him on his work but informs him the authorities are after him and that he should do exactly what Hannibal says. Jack and Will drop by the museum the next day and ask Randall about the murders, but he gives away nothing. Later, Margot visits Will at his home, asking about Hannibal. She talks about her attempt on her brother’s life and Will reveals his own attempt on Hannibal’s. Will asks Hannibal about his track record with past patients. Will reveals that Dr. Du Maurier visited him in prison and Hannibal seems caught off-guard by this revelation.

At night, one of Will’s dogs run out into the open, barking loudly. Will grabs a shotgun and follows. He finds Buster injured in the snow but as he returns to his house, he realizes he is being followed –Randall is here to kill him. The scene changes to Hannibal returning home to find Will in his dining room and a dead Randall on the table. Will suggests that this makes them even and Hannibal nods.

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[TV] Hannibal – Su-zakana (S2E8)

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Jack and Will have a conversation about luring Hannibal into the open and using a fishing analogy they discuss their plan to capture Hannibal. Will, Jack and Hannibal have dinner and discuss the events of the season and agree, outwardly at least, to move on from the various accusations thrown and offenses taken. The killer of the week has been sewing his victims into horses to create life from a death. Hannibal has a new patient – Margot Verger who has suffered years of abuse by her insane brother. Hannibal and Alana discuss Hannibal’s new therapy with Will. Alana is strongly against him continuing, believing Hannibal to be in danger, but Hannibal convinces her that it’s a good idea for him to continue.

In the lab, the team discovers that the victim’s throat is packed with soil and that she has a heartbeat despite  having no pulse. They open the body up and a bird emerges from within. Will takes a look at the horses and begins assembling how the crimes were conducted. Will deduces that the victim, Sarah, was not murdered, but instead placed instead the animal as a sign of grief. Jack and Will go visit a suspect, Peter, who is a little off due to being kicked in the head by a horse. Will doesn’t think that Peter is the killer though, but that he is a good clue.

Will has a therapy session with Hannibal where he cuts the bullshit and tells Hannibal outright that he still fantasizes about killing him but says that he won’t go through with it. The FBI has found a field full of graves, 16 in all. Fifteen contain the bodies of young women. The 16th was empty; someone dug her up to sew her into that horse. Specifically, Will thinks Peter dug her up. He pays Peter a visit, taking him the bird found in the dead woman’s chest for him to care for. Peter points Will to his social worker, Clark Ingram. The FBI brings Clark in for an interview with Alana. Watching from behind a one-way mirror, Will becomes convinced Clark is a psychopath; but the FBI has nothing to hold him on, so Jack orders the man released.

Peter comes back to his home to find all his cages empty and his animals gone. Someone is sending him a message, and he bets he knows who. Returning to the stable where he used to work, he finds the body of a horse. Clark Ingram stands over it, holding a bloody hammer. It’s the same horse that kicked Peter in the head, and Clark tells him that between this and the 16 dead women, people will say that Peter’s break was a long time coming.

Clark is sewed inside the horse though Peter says that he is not dead. The sides of the dead horse bulge and horse guts come spilling out, followed by a gore-covered Clark Ingram. Will points a gun at Clark, who drops to his knees and says he’s the victim. Hannibal tries to talk Will out of shooting the social worker. Hannibal drops his thumb in between the hammer and the firing pin just as Will pulls the trigger and then he takes the gun away. Hannibal is impressed at Will’s transformation.

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[TV] Hannibal – Yakimono (S2E7)

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Miriam Lass has been found. She is upset to find out that the FBI haven’t caught the Ripper. She can’t remember who the Chesapeake Ripper is, either. She believes that the Ripper was saving her for last. Hannibal is brought in for Miriam to identify, and Hannibal learns that he is officially a suspect. Miriam does not recognize Hannibal and Jack lets him go. Will is released from Baltimore State Hospital and Chilton reveals that he does not want to end up as a target of Hannibal. Will asks him to confess, knowing very well that he won’t. Jack meets Will at the hospital and tells him about Miriam Lass.

Will visits the warehouse Miriam was held at. The warehouse is the Ripper’s laboratory – it is where he ‘processes’ his victims before cutting them for consumption. Will tries to get some insight into the Ripper based on the newest evidence and realizes that the newest murders are part of a long plan. Will thinks that Miriam was left for Jack to find and that the evidence will point to someone apart from Hannibal. Alana returns Will’s dogs to him and he warns her to stay away from Hannibal. Chilton comes to Jack offering his help in recovering Miriam’s memories and Jack can sense his desperation. Will talks to Miriam about her memories.

Will confronts Hannibal at his home, armed with a gun. He is about to kill Hannibal but Hannibal asks him how he will find the answers to the questions he seeks if he just kills Hannibal. Jack brings Miriam to Hannibal’s office, trying to provoke a memory. She listens to the old message she sent to Jack years ago but can’t remember. In looking at flower man, the team finds a partial print of Hannibal as well as the truth serum that Chilton used on Will and Gideon. Jack remembers Will’s theory that the Ripper will have one piece of evidence that points away from himself and begins to wonder if Chilton is the Ripper.

At his home, Chilton finds Abel Gideon hooked up to a life support system, his limbs amputated. Chilton runs to contact Jack but meet Hannibal in his hall, in his full-body murder suit. Jack drugs him and tells him that when he wakes, the only choice he has will be to run. The FBI are outside Chilton’s door, knocking insistently, and Hannibal goes to open the door as Chilton loses consciousness. He wakes with blood all over him and a gun and knife in his hands and two murdered FBI agents mutilated in his apartment. He turns up at Will’s house, requesting shelter.

Jack visits the crime scene and realizes the Chilton has been part of the Ripper investigation before Will and Hannibal and had access to the case files. With the surgical books found in the house, he would have the surgical knowledge to perform his amputations as well. Chilton is determined to flee, despite Will’s advice. Jack shows up and demands Chilton but Will reminds Jack that the Ripper is playing all of them. Jack thinks that Will has been psychic-driven to claim that Hannibal is the Ripper. Chilton tries to run but Jack catches him easily.

Alana interviews Chilton but doesn’t believe him when he says that he is innocent. Miriam is overhearing the interview and realizes that Chilton is in fact, the Ripper and in a fit of anger, shoots him. Will shows up at Hannibal’s office and resumes therapy with Hannibal.

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