Bryan Fuller warned us about feels. The official NBC ‘Hannibal’ twitter warned us as well. I warned us. So, in case you haven’t already done so, prepare for feels. Starting with Daddy!Will teaching Abigail to fish. You know, in his head. Yup, just start weeping now because it’s a typical downward spiral from here on out! “Takiawase” starts out with a warning for “flashing lights” and, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, PLEASE take the warning to heart if you’re at any risk for seizures.
Katz is visiting Will to continue discussing the ultimate fate of mural dude. “Don’t say Hannibal Lecter.” “I’m saying Hannibal Lecter.” Finally, Katz remembers that Will has the reputation he does for a very good reason and that ignoring him completely, murderer or not, would be stupid. So she caves into continuing to look for evidence though not specifically evidence against Hannibal. It’s a process. Off she goes, but not before we’re treated to a scenic look at someone dead in a field and infested with bees. WE MADE IT 5 MINUTES THIS TIME, GUYS. I AM SUITABLY IMPRESSED. Side note: Will’s southern accent pops up for the barest hint of a second and just, wow. Because Hugh Dancy is a Brit affecting an American (Northern) accent while dropping a Southern one (read: Louisiana) with such naturalness that, yes, it’s incredibly easy to forget he’s British in the first place. That Apple Store event caused the record of my brain to screech rather loudly.
Chilton attempts to conjugal visit Will and I THINK it kinda works. I don’t know, but I felt funny in my pants. Anyhoo, Will decides to give Chilton access to what he’s been gagging (moohaha) for: Will’s mind as an exclusive case study. It’s obvious that he’ll be using him to flush Hannibal’s darker tendencies out/generally piss him off and it’s also obvious that Chilton is aware of this but doesn’t give a flying fuck because he’ll be both one-upping Hannibal, as well as frolicking through Will’s mind palace. WHATEVER. Will is totally in control of this situation and me gusta. It’s also hilarious to see how afraid Chilton actually is of Will. Better make sure to guard that other kidney, laddie!
Clearly we’re all still rather put together at this point so, cue the first Bella scene of ultimate heartbreak. Gina Torres is absolutely fabulous in this role, unsurprisingly. A peaceful goddess accepting her ultimate demise. Ugh, iWeep. Bella visits Hannibal in both a friend and patient capacity where she outs her plans for suicide. THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY! They commiserate over how grand the power of death is, all bffs, and Hannibal gently steers her into thinking, “yes, killing yourself is an excellent plan, Bella. DO IT.” “To Socrates, death was not a defeat, but a cure.” At first, the thought of Hannibal encouraging Bella’s agency makes you cheer because why shouldn’t she take control of her final days?! Then you remember what show you’re watching and start preemptively cursing the head cannibal in charge. It is the right response, trust me. *shakes fist* Over at the bee site? We’re graced with talk of bee ejaculate and how the victim’s body was purposely made into an actual hive. EW.
Katz has Hannibal spend time with her in the morgue to re-investigate said mural dude. Her words say that she still thinks he had nothing to do with it while her tone and body language say that she’s starting to give the idea some serious thought. “So often do you open your mouth and I hear Will Graham’s words come out.” At this point, you’re screaming at the TV that Hannibal is NOT to be toyed with. BEVERLY. WHY? On the one hand, I love that Bev isn’t willing to back down, on the other? I stick to my “Run, Katz, Run” mantra from “Sakizuke”.
Back at the “happiest place on earth”, Will is strapped to a chair, about to be pumped full of “truth serum” i.e. sodium amytal. ‘Cuz, you know, that’s one way to get in the mood, eh, Chilton? Maintaining his recently achieved power (prison really does free you), Will starts questioning Chilton about how exactly one goes about inducing memory loss. Chilton alludes to the fact that both him and Hannibal are rat bastards who are totally down with “unorthodox” methods such as forced memory loss. Never forget the psychic driving of Abel Gideon! *pours one out* Beware that here is where the true horror of the ep begins and where, if one hasn’t already noped out due to the light warning, they should do so now. Will is given the sodium amytal and immediately gets hit with memories of all the time he “lost” during his encephalitis. We thought we were in the know about everything Hannibal was doing to him but that’s laughable now! We get creepy funhouse music, flashing lights, Hannibal morphing into a cross between a Picasso and a Dali, and memories of him doping Will up in order to induce his seizures. Yeah, Will and his beautiful mind is paying no damned attention to Chilton at all, bless, but everyone gets a little of what they want: Chilton an upper hand against Hannibal and Will his “secrets”. Except for Hannibal. Because he sucks, lol.
Speaking of which, omg, the next scene. I can’t help that I love this ridiculously fancy cannibal, okay? And Mads Mikkelsen’s micro-expressions as Hannibal gets Judas kissed and Brutus dissed by Chilton nearly killed me. He’s so confused, then annoyed, and then all glittering cannibal eyes in the darkness because Chilton is stealing his favorite toy and Hannibal is having none of that. I just want to slide down a wall and wail (which I actually DID do, obviously). Chilton lets Hannibal know that he’s now aware of his (Hannibal’s) own psychic driving (of Will) and that doctors like them need to stick together. It’s pretty disgusting. On the plus side, all scenes with Raul Esparza and Mads are magic so, I’ll allow it.
Pot, pot on tv! At the Crawford homestead, Bella is preparing her medical marijuana which segues into the, you guessed it, second Bella scene of ultimate heartbreak. No amount of “purple kush” can soothe this pain, which Jack finds out as he puffs along for recreational reasons. Stand strong, Crawfords, stand strong. There is talk about advanced directives and how Jack will always remember how beautiful she is. CUT THE CAMERAS, I NEED TO CRY IN PEACE!
At the lab, it’s discovered that the bee victim was lobotomized before being made into a hive. No, that’s not as horrifying as it gets, children. We flash over to an acupuncturists office where an arthritis patient is being treated by a woman…wait, wait, A WOMAN SERIAL KILLER?! Awww, yissss, let the games begin! Except, nope. NOPE NOPE NOPE. Not with a victim’s eye view of a lobotomy, Jesus fuck! *whimper* And they draw the scene out, too! Half-way into “Takiawase” and I call for the shock blankets as I’m still screaming. ONLY FOR IT TO GET WORSE. OF COURSE. *Full disclosure of my terror: I rewatch all eps multiple times and I literally can’t watch this scene. At all.*
So. Worse, right? It’s a pleasantly sunny day at the park. A little girl runs up to a man to tell him not to stare at the sun. JUST TO HAVE HIM TURN TO HER COVERED IN BEE STINGS AND WITH EMPTY SOCKETS WHERE HIS EYES SHOULD BE. YET HE’S STILL ALIVE. LOBOTOMIZED AND ALIVE TO FEEL NOTHING. “Welcome to the world of the living dead.” Guys. Guys. Stop the ride, I want to get off?! Zeller and Price mention that some of the bee stings are hiding acupuncture marks and a light goes off in Katz’ eyes; she knew she was missing something! Heading back to the body at the morgue, she takes a good look at mural dude’s stitches to notice that someone took his kidney, dun dun dunnnnnn! Looks like someone took a trip to Candy Mountain!
Will is dreaming in his cell, flashing back to the seizure he had in Hannibal’s home when Gideon was there. Even during the seizure, it appears his mind filed away the entire episode, including the part when Hannibal basically admits to being the Chesapeake
StripperRipper. Horrifying as it all is, hallelujah at Will finally remembering so he can officially stop doubting himself! Katz drops by the “happiest place on earth” and Will lambastes her for being too cocky with Hannibal. “If Hannibal’s the Ripper, what’s he doing with his trophies?” “…he’s eating them.” MMMM, WHATCHA SAYYYYYYYY?
Zeller, Price, and Jack visit the bee lady who is only too happy to inform them what she does to her “clients” and why. She just wants to take away their pain! And make them into honey! What?! The men are left staring at her with matching looks of “is this bitch for real?” And here they thought they’d seen everything. But now it’s time for yet another scene of ultimate heartbreak! Bella is back at Hannibal’s office, status post taking all of her morphine because, you know, he told her suicide was totes the thing to do. “I denied him (Jack) a painful goodbye, and allowed myself a peaceful one.” It’s okay, let yourself cry for a moment before the black rage hits you. Because Hannibal flips the coin she gave him to decide that he won’t allow her to die on her own terms. In short, he pulls a ‘Pulp Fiction’ on her, injecting adrenaline to bring her back to life! And you know he didn’t do it because he CARES! feiwoaghiwaogiwaogawigoaw
Katz attempts to warn Jack about her Hannibal suspicions but, of course, he’s at the hospital with the now revived and suffering Bella. So is Hannibal. Which is why Bella dishes out a well-aimed slap to that smarmy face of his! She paid the ferryman and he refunded her money like a dick. The slap has been looped into a 10 minute long video. That’s how happy we are about that shit. Figuring Hannibal will be detained with the Crawfords for a good enough amount of time, Katz breaks into Hannibal’s house to try and gather evidence. She succeeds, seeing things the audience is STILL not privy to. Sadly. Because Hannibal catches her and, to the grief-stricken sobs heard throughout the internet, eliminates that threat. Fuck.everything. The only thing we can be grateful for is that it’s in no way graphic as no one wants to see the end for her. Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park), we will miss you, bb.
*sigh* You could say “Takiawase” was the ultimate emotional roller coaster though I don’t think that even comes close to describing how it felt to watch it. “Emotional whiplash” is probably better. Lord knows how we’ll handle the aftermath of *Katz’ demise. There is, however, Hannibal in tiny swim shorts in the next episode. While our hearts may still be aflame, at least our loins shall be placated?
*A large part of the fandom was incensed at Beverly’s death, seeing it as her being “fridged” i.e. a pointless death due to her race and gender, making her disposable. I disagree with this sentiment, but here are the very thought out words of the lovely Hettienne Park herself, an essay well worth the read: “Racism, Sexism, and Hannibal: Eat the Rude”.