'Hannibal' Season Finale Recap: All Ears … Make That Ear
"Hannibal" fans sure have a lot to, ahem, digest after the extravagant thriller's Season 1 finale, "Savoureux" — which certainly hit a high note for the series, leaving fans hungry already for Season 2 of Bryan Fuller's moody offering.
Criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who's as gifted as he is troubled, also had a lot to digest — as in Abigail Hobbs's (Kacey Rohl) ear — but was unable to keep it down. After another freaky dream (he fires a shotgun at what looks like a stag in the woods but turns out to be a devilish man painted black and rocking some antlers), Graham — who's unknowingly suffering from encephalitis — pukes up the fully intact organ. To make matters worse, he has no recollection of returning home to Maryland from Minnesota, where he'd traveled with Abigail. This isn't looking promising for the ill genius, who appears to be slipping into permanent darkness.
Did he do it? Is Abigail still alive? How convincing is Hannibal? The finale dished up some major reveals and cliffhangers.
Yesterday I said "ugh, I'm gonna cough up a lung." After today, I will say "ugh, I'm gonna cough up an ear." #Hannibal— Bani (@Yullenator) June 21, 2013
No Memory, No Alibi
i think hannibal is just aghast that will ate an ear raw and not cooked all fancy #hannibalfinale— Clara B. (@ConsultingClara) June 21, 2013
FBI special agent-in-charge Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) wants to believe Graham's innocent (feeling guilty for pushing him, perhaps?), but the evidence isn't doing the profiler any favors. When Graham can't recall what happened in Minnesota, he is taken down to the station. As crime-scene investigator (and former friend) Beverly (Hettienne Park) cleans out the blood from under his nails — which is Abigail's, by the way — she berates him for not taking care of his mental health. Dang — no one's letting up at all, and he's really starting to believe that he did, in fact, murder the teen. "I killed Abigail Hobbs," he says through tears.Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), Graham's one-time love interest, is beyond pissed off at Crawford. She can't believe he pushed the clearly unraveling Graham into continuing to help the FBI solve murder cases. Graham does have a hyperempathetic approach of putting himself in the killer's shoes — perhaps it went too far. Crawford fires back that the psychiatrist she recommended, aka Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), said that Graham was fine to work. (Now there's an endorsement.)
Bloom visits Graham in an interrogation room, and if there was a romantic moment in the finale, this was it. "Guess you dodged a bullet with me," he says, to which she replies, "I don't feel like I dodged a bullet. I feel wounded." (Tears!) Nonetheless, this is no time for rekindling "feelings," and she administers the same mental-health test that Hannibal did previously: drawing a clock. Graham's clock is all screwed up, and now she's sure there's something physically wrong with his brain.Will Fights His Demons
The FBI finds Graham's fishing lures and realizes that they consist of bits and pieces of all the copycat-killer's victims. Eek, this is looking bad for our handsome profiler. A frustrated (but still supersmooth) Crawford enters the interrogation room and tells Graham about the lures, but Graham is having flashes of clarity; he's now more confident than ever that he's innocent of the murders. He suggests that someone's setting him up, and whoever it is, is close to all the cases … really close. So close that Graham implies it could be Crawford to Crawford's face. (That's not going to make you any friends, Will.)