Hannibal: Episode 6 Recap
In the last episode Chiyoh described Hannibal as a “beast”. In this episode, with his hunters closing in, the beast did what most cornered animals do and attacked. Except that Hannibal is the sought of prey that can talk its hunter into flambéing their own gall bladder, so when he attacks, you know you’re in for a treat. We join him immediately after his escape from Jack and he’s stumbling through Florence in the early hours like an old lush looking for one last martini rosso. He’s half dead and conspicuous but Hannibal isn’t going to take the back alleys home. He wants to drink in the beauty of the streets he’ll never see again, to consume them. He’s making memories.
Will Graham can’t escape his memories and has made it, bloody and battered, to Florence to pursue them. He runs into Jack but neither of them seem remotely surprised or pleased to see the other. There’s no “how are you buddy, nice haircut” from Will or “why are pieces of you face falling off” from Jack, it’s straight to the business of scowly faces and bewildering statements.
Will asks why Jack didn’t kill Hannibal to which Jack replies “Maybe I needed you to”. Oh fine, say no more Jack. That’s a completely reasonable explanation as to why you let a genius cannibal psychopath stroll home for a nice bubble bath. Keep up the good work. Later, after Hannibal’s scarpered, they pay a visit to his home where the ever more perplexing and ever more beguiling Bedelia is waiting for them. Gillian Anderson is fast becoming the best thing about this series and they find her injecting herself with some unknown psychoactive substance. She pretends not to know them, or anything that’s happened, or indeed, who she is. They’re not buying it though because it’s such a blatant lie she might as well be crossing her blood covered fingers behind her back. She even toys with them as they leave saying, with a wry smile, “I wonder who will catch him first?”
That person may well be Mason Verger. He and his lackey Cordell salivate over the prospect of cooking Hannibal like a “Peking duck”. They’re a bit like Greg Wallace and John Torode, only less objectionable. Then the news arrives about Pazzi’s murder so Mason, together with Alana and Margot, plan to bribe the entire Florentine police department to ensure that the beast is handed over to them rather than caged in a cell.
But before the department can find Hannibal, Will does. He finds him taking in a Botticelli at the Uffizi one last time. Their bruised faces and complimentary silhouettes mirror each other and you start to feel, like Will, that the two are “beginning to blur”. Will is starting to feel like Hannibal’s stalker now. He followed him all the way to Florence and talks about not surviving “separation”. Will’s one step away from sniffing a pair of Hannibal’s old pants before he goes to sleep.
The rest of the episode went by in a blur too. Will and Hannibal leave the gallery and as they walk down the street Will pulls a knife but before he can use it, Chiyoh shoots him in the shoulder from her rooftop perch. Will must be getting a little tired of Chiyoh’s interruptions. He wakes up at dinner a table – never a good sign – to find Hannibal feeding him soup which he says is “more for my benefit than yours” – a very bad sign. Luckily, Jack finds them but unluckily he has his Achilles tendon cut by Hannibal. He then wakes up at the dinner table, drugged but awake – a sign so bad you might as well start basting yourself. And sure enough Hannibal whips out a handily sized circular saw, which he proceeds to use on Will’s skull. The last shot jumps forward in time and we see Hannibal and Will – with brain still where it should be – hanging with the pigs in Mason’s farm.
This episode provided some much needed plot development to a series that sometimes spends too much time philosophising and looking pretty than actually entertaining. People want to see Hannibal being Hannibal, which means more power tools to more craniums and less interminable conversations with Will. We want some memories.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what you guys are saying about Hannibal on Twitter:
Hannibal S3 > True Detective S2. They really took things to another level in Hannibal episode 6. Approaching Breaking Bad level.
— Immortan Fadnavis (@mihirfadnavis) July 15, 2015
— Hannibalism (@weHannibalism) July 10, 2015
— Emily Rowell (@emily_erowell) July 10, 2015