This weeks episode of Hannibal features his various surviving victims meeting each other and mostly failing to move on.
As I suspected Dr Frederick Chilton is still alive after being shot in the face last season. He is a character too important to the Hannibal lore for them to kill him off that early in the show’s run. It looks like they faked his death like with Freddy Lounds but now he has come out of hiding. Chilton meets with Mason Verger and they reveal their facial scars to each other. Mason’s face is significantly deformed but not as messy looking as it was in the movies. Mason Verger wants revenge on Hannibal and he is looking for allies but decides that Chilton is not the right one.
Chilton meets with the survivors of last seasons finale one by one. First we get a replay of Will waking up in the hospital and see that it was really Chilton that visited him not Abigail. Also it seems that it is now publicly known that Hannibal is a cannibal serial killer and that Will Graham and Jack Crawford have been more or less vindicated of any wrongdoing in the case. Chilton even trademarked “Hannibal the cannibal”.
In the wake of all this Jack left he FBI so he could spend more time with his wife Bella as she slowly succumbs to cancer. And in some very moving scenes between Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres we get to see that death does not always have to be a violent and horrifying. At the funeral Jack discovers a bouquet of flowers and letter from Hannibal. We don’t get to see much of the contents of the letter before Jack hands it over to Will.
And finally it turns out Alana Bloom also survived although with a broken pelvis. Chilton visits her in the hospital to not exactly gloat that he warned her but he is not exactly comforting either. Alana tries to reach out to Will but at this point he was still not ready to let go of Abigail’s ghost or of Hannibal. He says they ignored the worst in each other so they could enjoy the best which I think perfectly describes the inherent dysfunction of Will and Hannibal’s relationship. With Jack gone from the FBI and Will still dabbling in fantasies Alana turns to the only ally available to take down Hannibal, Mason Verger. I don’t see this ending well for anyone.