Just an absurdly good week of TV this week.
Episode of the Week
Hannibal – “Mizumono”
Holy crap, you guys, what a finale. I spent the entire last half sitting on the edge of my couch, mouth hanging open, shocked at what I was watching. It was an utterly captivating and amazingly written hour of television.
Thanks to the flash-forward in the premiere, we knew where the episode was headed from the start – the big fight scene between Jack and Hannibal. The episode did a great job building to that moment. I was thrilled to see the return of Gina Torres as Bella Crawford. It lent a nice emotional weight to the episode, both in reminding us what Jack has to lose (his last weeks with his wife, who has not attempted suicide again to give him that time) and in paying off Bella’s last appearance.
The context of the fight also ended up being quite different from what I expected, as Jack has basically gone rogue. Kade Prurnell puts Jack on “compassionate” leave due to Bella’s impending death, and then puts out a warrant for his and Will’s arrest due to the games they have played in trying to catch Hannibal in the act. As she points out – the only person the FBI knows is a killer is Will Graham. So Jack says a quiet goodbye to Bella, and just goes through with his plan to get Hannibal, with no backup, and knowing the cost could very well be his life.
Meanwhile, Alana has FINALLY figured out Hannibal for what he truly is, and pleads Jack and Will’s case to Prurnell. After getting nowhere, she goes after Jack, hoping to save him. Instead, she find herself face-to-face with a bloody Hannibal, armed with an empty gun (the bastard thinks of EVERYTHING!) and is forced to run away, leaving Jack bleeding out in the pantry. While hiding from Hannibal upstairs, we get one of many shocks of this last sequence – an alive, apologetic, and frightened Abigail Hobbs, emerging from the shadows just in time to push Alana out the window.
Will arrives shortly after and finds Alana bleeding on the ground outside Hannibal’s home. He calls for help and runs inside – only to encounter Abigail. Hannibal quietly enters as Will (and all of the audience) is trying to figure out what on earth is going on and basically guts Will. He then proceeds to ask Will for forgiveness for his actions, and when Will says no, slits Abigail’s throat right then and there. At this point, I think I may have stopped breathing.
The episode ends with Hannibal leaving the carnage behind just before help arrives. Every main character on the show is near death – Jack bleeding out from the piece of glass in his neck, Alana suffering from her fall through the window, and Will gutted from Hannibal’s knife. Abigail is almost certainly dead. It’s looking very bleak for our heroes going forward.
And in case that wasn’t enough to wonder about going into (THANK THE TV GODS!) next season, after the credits we get a glimpse of Hannibal on the run with a very interesting travel companion – one Bedelia Du Maurier.
Insane and amazing stuff. This is going to be a very, very different show next year – both due to some likely deaths, and because the structure will have to change with Hannibal on the run. I can’t wait.