Relationships are complicated.
Hannibal: Season 3: Episode 11: …And the Beast From the Sea: GRADE: A
Be it romantic, personal, casual, or professional, relationships are always gonna be complicated. To connect with one other person or persons in someway deeply is gonna get things mixed up and that is what I felt most during the latest episode of Hannibal as we countdown to the end of the series itself.
Several relationships are examined in this latest episode from Will and Hannibal, to Alana and Jack & Hannibal, Hannibal and Francis, and Francis and Hannibal. Francis and Hannibal’s is the one that fuels the events of the episodes from yet another phone/Francis and Hannibal’s vivid imaginations of the office. Francis seeks Hannibal for guidance, Hannibal seeks Francis for relevance and an outside connection. Its fantastically played well from both sides because of how they need each other. The moment Hannibal coldly tells Francis to kill them all is the match that lights the evens of the episode up right away. Hannibal hasn’t been this straight forwardly evil in such a cold way before and it was amazing to see Mads Mikkelsen play that. He sold it right away. Hannibal wants to see Molly and Walter gone so he can have Will to himself for the purpose of still eating him.
Speaking of Molly and Walter they are attacked by Francis in a stellar sequence. I think the new cabin setting for the Grahams helped to make this scene even creepier. Francis’ look and movements would be creepy either way, but to set it within the rustic settings of the woods makes for something else entirely. The pacing, shots, its all wonderfully tense and exciting.
Just as exciting is the fallout when Jack and Alana use the next phone call between the killers to find Francis, but Hannibal lets him in on the tracing and Alana is a woman of her word. The delight played across her face as Hannibal is locked up and masked as his cell is deconstructed continues to show what a great presence the character has been this year. Oh and the toilet is gone too. She literally took everything.
Will’s talks with his stepson and Molly are also great in their genuine emotion of the situation. This episode gives us more of that and shows what they mean to Will, maybe more in how he talks to Walter at the hospital, that was a particular standout scene next to how he talks to Molly about everything when she wakes up. Will needs them, depends on them to anchor him here in the world. Hugh Dancy is again really digging into the meat of this character and gives yet another amazing performance, especially with his confrontation at the end with Hannibal, once again showing how complicated relationships can be as he’s had it up to here with him and all the other crazy sons of bitches. Hannibal takes great delight in Will’s anger, admitting he gave Francis the address and asks how Molly is doing. No fucks given by Hannibal, just none. Its biting back and forth and Hannibal even asks if Will craves change like Francis does. Hannibal truly cuts deep.
Speaking of change, Francis is craving that with the Red Dragon in his head urging him more and more to kill Reba. This week gets more visual with the Red Dragon himself as we see through amazing effects how it truly is inside Francis, causing him to harm himself and seeing the Dragon do it to him as he deeply cares for Reba, its horrifying. Again it plays to how well the writing is and Richard Armitage’s performance of Francis Dolarhyde. Francis is complicated by both the people in his life, the Dragon and Reba. What is he to do? How can he love both when he can only really be with one? While knowing the outcome, Bryan Fuller still makes this interesting and internally compelling to watch. Its fascinating to see this go down.
Even when touched briefly, the goings between Jack, Alana, and Will were great to see the old team again and touch on relationships since even though so much has happened, they seem to even still be the same around them after everything. Also love a nice appearance from Jimmy and Brian.
Hannibal keeps going strong with the end nearly insight and doesn’t show signs of letting up. the big confrontation is coming and with all the superb camera work, cinematography, acting, and writing, its gonna be one hell of a send off for the show.