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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.13 – The Wrath of the Lamb

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After spending a few episodes in the margins thanks to his incarceration, Hannibal has slowly been creeping back into the center of the frame, incubating in his prison cell like a monster in a cocoon. “The Wrath of the Lamb” finally lets him break free and stretch his wings.

It also demonstrates how far Hannibal has come. In the beginning, Hannibal was a solitary figure operating alone. The final episode restores Hannibal’s charisma, but he now shares the spotlight with Will because he recognizes how much richer life can be when you have a partner able to appreciate your accomplishments.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.12 – The Number of the Beast is 666

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Since the beginning, Frederick Chilton’s sense has not been equal to his ego. He thinks he’s a genius (and he does have a knack for self-promotion), but his all-consuming self-regard blinds him to the game being played around him. He is a pawn, and the kings and queens have finally offered him up for sacrifice.

“The Number of the Beast is 666” revolves around the FBI’s attempt to catch the Dragon. With the help of Freddie Lounds, Will baits the hook with inflammatory statements, while Chilton – still stinging from Hannibal’s public refutation of his best-selling book – volunteers to give the article professional credibility.

The plan works, to an extent. Dolarhyde is furious at the implications in Freddie’s article, but he’s not foolish enough to walk into a trap. He instead captures Chilton and subjects him to a rigorous interrogation, forcing him to refute his earlier statements on video. Then the Dragon rips Chilton’s lips off with his teeth and sets him on fire in Will’s courtyard.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.11 – …and the Beast from the Sea

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“…And the Beast from the Sea” revolves around one major event. Francis Dolarhyde attempts to make the Grahams the latest offering to the Red Dragon, poisoning their dogs, breaking into their house, and attempting to kill them on the full moon. Molly is able to thwart him with quick thinking and a well-placed car-alarm, though she does take a (non-lethal) bullet for her efforts.

The rest of the episode is spent dealing with the fallout. The Red Dragon went after the Grahams at Hannibal’s suggestion, and Alana, Jack, and Will immediately recognize his design. They attempt to use him to set a trap, though Hannibal warns Dolarhyde as soon as he mention’s Reba’s name. As punishment, Alana follows through on an earlier threat and takes Hannibal’s desk and dignity. His once lavish cell is barren, stripped of everything up to and including the toilet.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.10 – And the Woman Clothed in Sun

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Hannibal has always positioned himself as the supreme arbiter of taste, and he does not hesitate to punish any violations of decorum. Boorishness becomes a form of Natural Selection, a weakness that needs to be culled from the population.

“And the Woman Clothed in Sun” explores the relativism implicit in that idea, suggesting that Hannibal’s drive to murder comes from the same evolutionary impulse that targets the weak or the elderly. His violence is kindness, a way of helping rude people avoid the indignity of being rude.

Of course, Hannibal’s victims would likely dispute the sentence, which is the crucial distinction between a killer like Hannibal and a more traditional moral figure like Will. Hannibal ends the misery of creatures in distress. Will adds them to his pack of strays.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.9 – …and the Woman Clothed with the Sun

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Hannibal has traditionally been a solitary figure. Though he enjoys the company of others, he is usually among them rather than of them, observing from the vantage of superior refinement. He does not trust anyone with his secrets. He does not rely on others to fulfill his base desires, and seems to regard doing so as a form of weakness.

That consistent drive towards self-actualization at the expense of others makes “…and the Woman Clothed with the Sun” an unexpectedly communal pleasure. The episode is devoted almost entirely to the concept of family. Despite his finer tastes, Hannibal genuinely craves the simple intimacy that has eluded him throughout the show, and it’s perhaps the first time that we’ve seen him be truly vulnerable.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.8 – The Great Red Dragon

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“The Great Red Dragon” marks the beginning of a new phase for Hannibal, shifting back to the show’s procedural roots as it prepares to unravel the mystery of the Dragon. It makes for a welcome change of pace. The high wire psychology that played out in Italy was extraordinary, but that balancing act becomes more difficult to maintain the longer it goes on. “The Great Red Dragon” gives the show the opportunity to regain its bearings, serving as a nostalgic reminder that Hannibal, Will, and Jack first came together to help solve crimes.

The episode is primarily exposition, although it covers the ground with far more panache than most other shows. After a three-year jump in time, we learn that Jack is back in charge at the FBI, while Alana is running the institution where Hannibal is a prisoner. Chilton is on the celebrity doctor circuit penning books about serial killers. He occasionally visits Hannibal to gloat, though it’s unclear if he’ll get his comeuppance before the show runs out of episodes.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.7 – Digestivo

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After three breathtaking seasons, Hannibal has effectively completed the arc that began in episode one. There are no more loose ends. The characters are familiar to each other, Hannibal is in prison, and the rest of the cast is going back to work. We’ve reached a new status quo, and it makes the spectacular “Digestivo” one of the most incredibly satisfying television hours of the year.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.6 – Dolce

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Throughout the series, Hannibal has always employed a rather curious double standard. Hannibal believes that he has the right to consume other people solely because he has the will and ability to do so, but that privilege does not extend to others, no matter how competent or daring. To attempt to influence Hannibal – to make him do something he does not wish to do – is a great offense, an affront to the standards of decency and good taste. He’d argue that his taste is superior, but in truth, it’s a self-serving justification that allows him to commit any act of cruelty he desires.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.5 – Contorno

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After a lengthy prelude, the key players in Hannibal are ready for the main event. “Contorno” brings us the season’s first major showdown, and the good doctor has finally come out on the losing end of an encounter.

But let’s back up. While “Contorno” does conclude with an explosive brawl, the episode itself is as much a clash of philosophies as it is a clash of fists. “Contorno” begins where “Apertivo” left off, with Will and Chiyoh en route to Florence while Mason and Alana tighten their net from America and Jack says his final goodbyes to Bella.

Hannibal, meanwhile, is still happy being Hannibal, taking care of his torture museum and cooking snails for Bedelia.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.4 – Apertivo

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Hannibal may be on the chopping block, but there are still nine more episodes left in season three and we’ll be here to recap all of them. It’s a good thing, too, because last night’s “Apertivo” was easily the strongest episode of the young season despite Hannibal’s conspicuous absence.

“Apertivo” spends most of its time filling in the gaps from season two. The episode begins with a conversation between Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza) and Mason Verger (Joe Anderson, replacing last season’s Michael Pitt), comparing their surgically reconstructed faces after surviving their respective run-ins with Hannibal. Chilton is hoping for revenge and profit. Mason’s motivations remain somewhat unclear, but he is offering $1 million for information about Hannibal in an effort to bring the doctor to heel.

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