HOLY. SHIT. WHAT. THE. HELL. JUST. HAPPENED.
The season two finale of “Hannibal” was, hands down, one of the very best episodes of any TV show I have ever watched. I was stunned almost the entire time — by the beauty, by the writing, by the subtlety, by the violence, by the turn of events and by the “conclusion.” Spoilers after the jump.
Holy Shit #1: Hannibal figures out Freddy Lounds is alive because he can smell her on Will.
Holy Shit #2: Hannibal offers Will a way out, for both of them, suggesting they skip town without a trace.
Holy Shit #3: Will, not realizing Hannibal knows wassup, continues Jack and his plan to catch Hannibal in the act by using Jack as bait.
Holy Shit #4: Miranda Hobbes finds out Jack has basically set up a plan to entrap Hannibal, which would fuck them in court, so she puts him on leave and puts out a warrant for his arrest and Will’s (for the murder of that guy he killed in self-defense and then maimed to keep his cover).
Holy Shit #5: Jack goes rogue! Will tries to save Jack and/or help Hannibal get away, by telling Hannibal “they know” and telling him to leave town. Obviously, Hannibal doesn’t leave town, Jack and he have the fight we saw in the first episode’s flash forward, and Jack is left bleeding out.
Holy Shit #6: Alana shows up and, sadly, remains as useless as ever, moving slower than molasses to confront Hannibal, only to discover she’s carrying a gun with no bullets.
Holy Shit #7: Abigail is alive! I was hoping this would be the case, and I was right, but unfortunately for Alana, Abigail acts fearfully, under Hannibal’s spell, and shoves her out a window. Meh. Bye Alana. You started to suck long ago.
Holy Shit #8: Will shows up and sees that Abigail is alive, a “surprise” for him from Hannibal, as he wanted the three of them to run off together like a family! “My Two Dads” meets “Thelma & Louise”! Alas, Will has betrayed Hannibal, breaking what heart he has, and for that he must pay. Hannibal guts Will — NOT WILL!!!!! — with a linoleum knife. But he shed a tear first!
Holy Shit #9: And then, in a final horrifying twist … Hannibal slashes Abigail’s throat, essentially killing her for a second time, in front of Will, who has come to view the girl like a surrogate daughter.
Holy Shit #10:Hannibal escapes and is last seen flying in first class next to, of all motherfucking people, BEDELIA!!!! Has she been his accomplice this entire time? Or has he got her fooled the way he fooled everyone else for so long? I guess we’ll find out, because SEASON THREE IS A GO!
Now, some things to consider: none of the four characters who we last saw bleeding to death, actually have died that we know of. It’s unlikely they’ll all live to season three, but according to this article on The Daily Beast, Hugh Dancy IS back next season and it sounds like producers are hopeful Lawrence Fishburne will return as well, schedule and interest permitting. So I imagine season three will feature Will, at least, on the hunt for Hannibal Lecter. Series creator Bryan Fuller says he has a full six seasons thought out, so goddamnit, I cannot wait to see where things go next.
BEST. FINALE. EVER? Maybe. Maybe!