Last year’s brutal cliffhanger in “Mizumono” left us salivating for more of Hannibal and wondering what the hell happened to everyone. It was crazy how that episode ended and even crazier how we had to wait for another year to find out what happens next. Sometimes, it’s the downside of a good show; they take soooooo long to gestate. But then again, quality shows take time and patience. Damn you, Bryan Fuller!
In “Primavera”, we finally find out what happened to Will and Abigail, though no news or mention of Alana Bloom or Jack Crawford just yet. It’s heartbreaking how this show plays with our emotions by fooling us that Abigail is alive only to pull the rug from under us mid-episode by revealing she was merely a figment of Will’s imagination. And really, we were truly convinced that she was alive because only Hannibal could’ve done it and still left her alive. After all, his diabolical skills aren’t limited in deep-seated psychological manipulation.
Of course, revealing that Abigail was dead all along meant that Will is burdened with remorse at having failed to save her (given he thought she was already dead and that he ate her) and at the same time feels a sense of loss over his “break-up” with Hannibal. Seriously, these two geniuses have the most twisted dynamic ever.
Cut to 8 months after Will was hospitalized, we see him in Italy analyzing the “broken heart” that Hannibal left for him. Including the very much missed “This is my design”. What follows next is perhaps THE most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on any TV screen: the anatomically correct heart-shaped corpse disentangles itself, sprouts hooves where the hands and feet used to be and grows a pair of stag antlers on its headless neck, right before it starts gyrating towards Will. I wanted to claw my eyes out. WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK!
We meet a new character this week, Rinaldo Pazzi from the Thomas Harris novel. We find out he’d been chasing Hannibal years ago, calling the latter “il mostro” or the monster of Florence. Back then, Hannibal’s MO was to “arrange his victims like a beautiful painting”. Well at least Lecter is consistent in his murders, always artful and beautiful. Viciously macabre and creative.
Towards the end of the episode, Will nearly finds Hannibal in an eerily lighted maze of catacombs. Though he doesn’t actually see the doctor, his whispered “I forgive you” proves he can sense Hannibal. Have I told you guys these two have a weird and twisted dynamic? Okay.
Overall, “Primavera” is an episode that is, for lack of a better word, very trippy. It almost seems dream-like, a hallucination like Abigail. I’ll talk more about this in another post, but I’m already seeing each season as a reflection of Hannibal’s own demons: season 3 will be slightly unhinged, more brutal, daring, and absolutely voracious.
I can’t wait for the next episode!