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Bryan Fuller, Jodie Foster: “When Hannibal Worlds Collide”!

Words are good, words are awesome, words express ideas! And I have none of them. No words! Bryan Fuller (is our King) has taken a photo with Jodie Foster (Queen FOREVER, duh) and can the two of them look any cuter?! giawo;ngiawo;gnawio;gaw Captioning it “WHEN #HANNIBAL WORLDS COLLIDE”, Bry just posted the pic to Twitter and I can’t even deal aside from the obligatory shaking and crying.

Our King and Queen in the same room together, much less looking entirely, and rightfully, too pleased with themselves?! *wails* SAINTS CARRY ME AWAY.


via @bryanfuller
via @bryanfuller


Then this happened and I had to grab a paper bag to breathe into:


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I mean…HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO FUNCTION WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE?! Even if there’s no guarantee it’ll happen, look at them! They adore each other! I’m just…



‘Hannibal’ Recap: “Takiawase”




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.


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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!


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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”.


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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.


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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!


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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


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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.


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*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”.

‘Hannibal’ Recap: ‘Hassun’




We start off with Will dreaming that he’s being electrocuted (shimmy, shimmy) by an alternate version of himself because, you know, what other sorts of dreams are you supposed to have before you’re put on trail for a homicidal spree? One does wonder if this dream has to do with Will thinking he’s his own worst enemy though. Hmm. Well, as usual, the tone is set for this episode of “To Catch A Cannibal” within the first 30 seconds. Isn’t it nice to know that you can depend on things like this?!

But we interrupt your regularly scheduled titillation with…more titillation; Hannibal and Will are, independently, getting spiffy for court in their respective “abodes” and it’s pants-melting hot! Hellooooooooo, sartorial porn! I’m gonna bless ya’ll with gifs because we’re friends like that and because friends should suffer pangs of sexual frustration together. Also, I wanna look that suave when I do up my tie. *sigh*


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Even Hettienne Park and Bryan Fuller, themselves, caught a fit of the vapors:

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So the trial begins with the prosecution describing the kind of killer they believe Will to be when they’re actually describing who Hannibal is. Photographic memory, cued into human condition, smartest person in the room, etc. Hannibal smirks like the little shit-eater we all know and love. Kade Prurnell continues to be a nasty git. Jack gets on the stand as a witness for the prosecution, only to throw himself under the bus for Will’s benefit, coming to his defense. Kade is not amused. “I put those check and balances in place, then ignored them.” Hannibal continues to smirk. HOW DOES NO ONE SEE THIS?!

Will’s lawyer, Leonard Brower (Shawn Doyle), tries to soothe him by telling him how to beat the system. Will is such an innocent puppy that he looks ill at the thought of somehow performing/using his pretty face to get out of the slammer. Yes, his lawyer called him “pretty” and we all know he’s not wrong! In the midst of the discussion, said lawyer is delivered a small package that ends up containing a human ear. Another one! Just not courtesy of Will’s GI tract. “I think I got your mail.” Oh, Brower-bro, you are so self-possessed and can stay. Hurray for matched luggage though, yes?!

Jack hits up Hannibal’s office for tea time drinks and admits that his courtroom confession makes him feel like a decent human again. Hannibal, in essence, is like: “Can you slow your roll and stop resolving the things I so enjoy torturing you with? You will ruin everything!” It ain’t easy being a cannibal. And then Bella’s cancer is brought up and I’m pretty sure the entire fandom nope’d the fuck out at that point. Seriously. There was some genuine shirt rending on my part because, omg, BELLA. BELLA AND JACK. WHO WANTS TO TAKE HER BACK TO ITALY SO SHE CAN DIE THERE. I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT. The ear was easier to deal with than this. Bry says we’ll actually see her aka Gina Torres next week and I just…somebody hold me. *Since writing this, a promotional still of Bella and Jack has been released and ALL THE TEARS, guys. Brace yourselves, feels are coming. 


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Back at the lab, Team Sassy Science confer with Jack and Hannibal over the new arrival to their body part farm. Hannibal is confused because he KNOWS it wasn’t him… Is someone else courting his bae?! Rude! While conjugal visiting Will, he tells him it wouldn’t occur to him to send Will an ear though we’re all pretty sure he’s filing that away for later a la Miriam Lass’ arm. One slighted cannibal, coming up! Really, though, Hannibal is simultaneously miffed and approving at this ear business which is something that continues throughout the episode. But we’ll get to that.

Freddie Lounds has been called to the stand for the prosecution when the trial reconvenes and, in typical fashion, she overacts and tries to paint Will as a monster. Meaning she straight up lies! Thankfully, Will’s lawyer is on it and calls her out for her history of libel settlements. *tsk tsk* Didn’t we already say that Brower could stay? It’s not just his character being a good lawyer for Will that makes him a keeper, he’s also fairly dripping with well-placed snark. Clearly right up the Fannibal alley!


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Outside Will’s cage, Alana is being prepped for the stand by Brower. “Dr. Bloom, weren’t you and the accused romantically involved?” Awkward! Despite the lawyer’s loud reminder that Alana is “smitten with the accused” (aren’t we all), Will’s eyes are impressively dead in preparation for the answer we all know is necessary for his defense. NO ONE IS HAPPY. THIS SHOW IS SO GRIM RIGHT NOW (HA!). NOT EVEN THE FUCKING TITLE CHARACTER, IN HIS CANNIBALISTIC ELEMENT, IS HAPPY. WE ARE IN DARK DAYS, MY FRIENDS. HUDDLE CLOSE.

Now Team Sassy Science has deduced that the knife used to cut off the new found ear is the same, Will’s, that was used to slice off Abigail’s ear. It was checked out of evidence by a bailiff, Andrew Sykes, and never returned. But it can’t be him, right? Whomever is sending Will love letters behind his *boyfriend’s back can’t possibly be dumb enough to give away his identity that easily. So the gang heads over to Sykes’ home that happens to be rigged with explosives. Big bada boom ensues. They still manage to find Sykes’ mangled body given the “best of Will Graham’s kills” treatment i.e. missing ear, Glasgow smile, mounted on antlers, charred to a crisp, gun shot. Jack runs to the judge and Kade to let them know there’s no way for Will to commit those murders if they were still happening and no evidence other than Abigail’s ear has manifested itself. Nobody wants to hear it.


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Courtroom drama begins featuring the horrible human being that is Frederick Chilton and his very undeserved pimp cane. YOU CANNOT BUY FABULOUS, CHILTON. Once again, there is description of what Will is that is actually what HANNIBAL is. Womp womp. *cue drawl* “Will Graham is driven by vanity and his own whims.” I’m sorry, have you seen his wardrobe? Not a single touch of swag, Chilton! The scene gives way to a conjugal visit worthy of more than a few whimpers where Hannibal gives Will the case material on his “admirer” so that he can, rightfully, surmise that this killer isn’t Hannibal. For once. AND THE GOLDEN PENDULUM OF BOSSNESS IS BACK, AWWWW, YISSSSS. We see Will, channeling the killer, pick up and toss Sykes onto a stags head and…no, that’s not my new sexuality you sense, what are you talking about. *side eye* He mentions how the murder was personal and how Sykes died believing that him and his murderer were friends. A CLUE, A CLUE!

Anyhoo, Hannibal tries to soothe Will with this new info but Will reminds him that he (Hannibal) still killed the people Will is on trial for. So, no, you’re not off the hook, bb. Hannibal gets emotional and fragile at how Will notices even the tiniest things about him which just makes you guffaw because “Just Cannibal Things”. Then Hannibal starts waxing poetic about how this killer has complemented Will with his actions. Not that Hannibal is completely okay with someone stealing his thunder but, as we’ve mentioned, Will starring in a permanent rendition of ‘Locked Up’ is not what Hannibal intended and this mystery killer is helping take the heat off both of them. Hannibal is nothing if not resourceful.


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                    “I want you to believe in the best of me. Just as I believe in the best of you.”

                                 “I don’t want you to be here.”…“I don’t want me to be here.”

                      “This killer wrote you a poem. Are you going to let his love go to waste?”


Yeah, I can’t even with this scene, for real. *popcorn.gif*

And now it’s time for some Willana because we’re worth it! Will and Brower enlighten Alana that they’re going with Hannibal’s idea of using this new string of murders as Will’s defense. SO THEY’RE PUTTING HANNIBAL ON THE STAND INSTEAD OF ALANA. FEIWAOGNW;OAGIAO;GAWG As one could imagine, this goes swimmingly. Not. During testimony, Hannibal reveals the new murder and his belief that it confirms Will’s innocence. The prosecution shuts him down and the judge decides to strike the testimony from the record. In the words of Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’, “Big mistake! Huge!” Hannibal is suitably put out while the “Ballad of the Sad Cannibal” rides again, may it never go away!

Then we’re back in a the courtroom where a janitor has discovered the artfully displayed body of the now deceased judge. Welp! That was quick! Call me crazy, but I’m near certain most Fannibals have their favorite death tableau. Mine has been the cello dude, courtesy of Tobias Budge, in season one. This judge being made into the literal representation of justice has taken it’s place though. Absolutely, grotesquely gorgeous. “Not only is justice blind, it’s mindless and heartless.” Of course, this now throws the entire case into a tailspin with a mistrial as the result. “It’ll be like the case never happened.” Kade chokes down bile at the sight to remind Jack that, sometimes, you have to leave people behind. In this case, she means Will.


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Will dreams of the Dire Ravenstag again. It leads him to a sort of locker room and THIS IS ANOTHER CLUE to who this new killer is. Not only because Bry wants to give us hints, but also because this is how Will’s mind works! It constantly collects all this data and then puts it together with little to no effort; his mind is slowly teasing out the killer’s identity and that person uses a locker room at BSHCI. A friend of that bailiff would suggest that it’s another guard.

Alana visits to console Will to no avail. He tells her that he had the absurd feeling that, whoever the killer is, “he walked out of that courtroom with me.” Again, signs point to one of the guards. Alana looks terrified as Will informs her about the killer’s desire to know him. *Biblically? J/k* I’m starting to wonder whether Will emits some sort of pheromone that makes him irresistible to serial killers since they all seem to want a bite of the Graham Cracker! Our last vision is one of Alana mournfully confessing that she wants to save Will and them holding hands across the table. UGH! WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT THE LEVELS OF SADNESS WE’VE REACHED? *sniff*




*In case anyone missed it, I ship “Hannigram” and take the continuous piss out of it. <3 Swiggity Swag!