In the eleventh episode of the third season ofÂ Hannibal, Dr. Lecter takes matters into his own hands. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Hannibal.
Trigger Warning: For discussion of home invasion scenarios, ableism, and mental illness.
So, NOW THERE ARE APPARENTLY TWO MORE EPISODES LEFT. In theÂ Red DragonÂ book and film, Dolarhyde is sent to Willâ€™s home at theÂ end, and Will is most definitely there, and THINGS HAPPEN that I wonâ€™t spoil for you because everythingÂ absolutelyÂ unfolds differently than this. In â€œâ€¦And the Best from the Sea,â€ however, Fuller and Lightfoot are setting up a much different kind of confrontation. Perhaps they knew by this point that there wouldnâ€™t be a fourth season, and I say that because it feels like some huge confrontation has now been put in motion. Bloom and Crawford areÂ angry,Â so much so that I donâ€™t see how the show can ignore their fury over what Hannibal Lecterâ€™s done.
Good lord, he really doesnâ€™t care about these people at all. Even in his own twisted logic, heâ€™s ready to destroy everyone, even Will Graham.
So, let me start off by talking about Francis Dolarhyde. I admit that Iâ€™m intrigued by how much development weâ€™ve seen in him that the original canon never gave us. Part of thatâ€™s simply because of the medium. Six episodes worth of screen time is more than one film, and what I remember of the book wasâ€¦ well, I donâ€™t know how to qualify it. Perhaps exploitative? Itâ€™s very much the trope of someone with a mental illness being evil with no exploration of what that mental illness is like. This show, however, presents Dolarhydeâ€™s struggle much more plainly, especially as he realizes that heâ€™s falling for Reba and doesnâ€™t want the Red Dragon to consume her. Thatâ€™s not to say that thereâ€™sÂ nothingÂ here that wasnâ€™t in the original canon, but the depth here is substantial. We see Francis struggle with his mental illness, and the show even dispels of many of the hallucinatory sequences to show us how Dolarhyde harms himselfÂ andÂ speaks to himself in the voice of the Red Dragon.
At the same time, the dude is a murderer and heâ€™s terrifying. I canâ€™t ignore that, and I donâ€™t want any sympathy or understanding to wash over it. Dolarhyde is shown to be fighting against his urges, but heâ€™s also the reason for the SCARIEST SCENE IN THIS ENTIRE EPISODE. So, I feel like Iâ€™ve mentioned it before in reviews, but I have aÂ thingÂ about home invasion scenarios. They terrify me to no end, so much so that I generally wonâ€™t even watch movies that are centered around that plot. I knew that eventually, Dolarhyde was going to be sent to Willâ€™s home, but the show brilliantly toyed with me but putting that sequence in the eleventh episode and not having Will around. I WAS CONVINCED THAT MOLLY AND WALTER WERE GOING TO DIE. I was! There are only two episodes left, and I donâ€™t thinkÂ anyoneÂ is safe at this point.
Instead, though, the show has made Molly into her own character. And for someone justÂ barelyÂ introduced, Iâ€™m so thankful that sheâ€™s been give this much screen time. I mentioned earlier how much I appreciated the scenes of tenderness between her and Will, so I think itâ€™s important that there was another story beat to follow up on that. I never doubted the chemistry between these two characters, and I felt heartbroken as Will interacted with them. Hannibal may have ruined Willâ€™s relationship with these people. Walter is so disgusted with mental illness that he urges his father to kill Dolarhyde instead of curing him. (And the horrifying implications ofÂ thatÂ felt like a punch in the face. If someoneâ€™s mental illness is worth death in Walterâ€™s eyes, then that means Will knows that deep down, Walter probably would want him dead, too.) Molly, on the other hand, is far more sympathetic, but sheâ€™s notÂ fineÂ with what happened. Thereâ€™s some guilt there, since she urged Will to go back to work. At the same time, will she always live in fear that someone else might come for Will?
And then thereâ€™s Reba. I still donâ€™t know if The Thing will happen, but Iâ€™m guessing weâ€™re heading towards that. WHICH CONTINUES TO FREAK ME OUT BECAUSE I LOVE HER SO MUCH AND RUTINA WESLEY IS 100% THE BEST VERSION OF THIS CHARACTER. Every scene sheâ€™s in is incredible, yâ€™all. IT IS TOO MUCH.
As stressful as this is to think about, it really is a lot of fun. I love that I canâ€™t figure out how this is gonna end, but â€œâ€¦And the Beast from the Seaâ€ might have given me a glimpse of the end. I think Bloom, Crawford, and Graham are going to doÂ somethingÂ to get back at Hannibal. But what??? And how???
The video for â€œâ€¦And the Beast from the Seaâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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