I feel like I’ve said that “shit hits the fan” for the past couple of weeks, but this was honestly one of the most intense episodes, it hurt to watch. Hannibal’s plans are coming full circle and things are really amping up.
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The episode starts off with Miriam Lass being taken from the well she was held captive in and processed at the BAU. She still seems in shock, not even blinking as the agents take samples from her hair, beneath her fingernails, et cetera. Jack listens to her “last” message in his office and gets a bit emotional, the visions behind his eyes must be intense. Showered and at a dorm, missing her arm, Miriam thanks him for not stopping the search for her. She immediately asks to see him, him being the Chesapeake Ripper. Jack reluctantly tells her they haven’t caught him yet, and that they need her help, because she found him. Miriam doesn’t remember finding him, only a dream about drowning, and some sort of cognitive dissonance, being herself and not herself, as the Ripper spent two years brainwashing her. Jack admits to being reckless with her life, and she tells him not to apologize for her own mistakes. She says the Ripper treated her very well, up until she was put into the well and her arm was taken. Jack asks one more time if she can identify him. All she could see was his outline, flashing light, but she could hear his voice. Jack asks why she was spared, to which Miriam retorts “I wasn’t spared. He was saving me for last.”
At the BAU, Hannibal is being questioned by Alana as Miriam looks on for conformation or denial. Alana isn’t happy about this situation, but Hannibal says he appreciates the company, and stands, coming face to face(on the other side of the one-way glass) with Miriam. It’s a terrifying stare-down as Miriam turns to Jack and says it’s not him, that she’s sure. The credits roll as the fannibals collectively scream “what the HELL?!” at the screen and are left with the question of what exactly did Hannibal do to her during those two years?
Chilton begrudgingly walks down the stairs to Will’s cell at the Hospital, telling him that all charges have been dropped so his sentencing at this institution is null and void. An annoyed “Mazeltov” before the door opens and Will is free. Chilton lets Will know that he’d really rather Hannibal could switch places with Will, for he’s convinced that Hannibal is the Ripper, but that he has no intentions of doing anything to incur the wrath of the Chesapeake Ripper. Will says that if he confesses about bonding with Hannibal over his shared experiences on unethical therapy, he could, perhaps, get Hannibal Lecter convicted. Of course, Chilton doesn’t want to let his career go just to catch the Ripper, and wonders why Hannibal hasn’t killed Will yet. Will deadpans as he exits, “Because he wants to be my friend.”
Jack is waiting in the therapy cage room to tell Will that they found Miriam Lass, which was part of what exonerated him. He shows remorse for giving up on her, and on Will. Will sighs and starts to leave when Jack tells him that Miriam definitively said Hannibal wasn’t the Ripper. He’s a bit surprised when Jack also says that’s not definitive enough for him. All Will asks is where she was found, prompting a trip to the Madrona bark location.
Will looks around, finding extra slabs of the material Beverly was preserved between, and Beverly Katz’s blood was left in jars. As Jack fills him in on the murder that led them here and where they found Miriam, Will remarks that they’d caught the Ripper once before, and, like a fish, he’ll be much more difficult to catch a second time. We’re then treated to a reconstruction of the scene in Will’s Murder Vision. The room is stripped of all its medical equipment and the dead flowers come back to life. Will closes his eyes, and when he opens them, we’re in Hannibal’s office, the tree man in front of him. Will sees the long chain of events, “All of this has been my design,” he says, calling it theatre.
Will talks about how the Ripper wants Jack to catch someone, and that somewhere amongst all this evidence, there will be evidence to lead them away from Hannibal Lecter. When Jack says that Miriam already did that, Will points out that two years is a long time to have Hannibal in your head.
Finished with the crime scene, Will is now back home, and his dogs rush out to greet him. We see another dog, but Will doesn’t seem to mind that, happily petting them all. Alana welcomes him home, though her face is stern. He notices the new dog, Applesauce, who belongs to Alana. He asks if she’s picking up his “bad” habits, she says she’s picking up his good ones. She says she was wrong about Will, and Will lists off ways she could have been wrong. Alana stops him with the fact that he tried to kill Hannibal, and that he’s wrong about Lecter. Will tells her that she sees the best in him, and he doesn’t. She asks if Hannibal is safe, and Will poses the question “from me or for you?” and tells her that Hannibal is dangerous, and that she should stay as far away as possible.
At the BAU, Chilton offers his services on the Ripper case. Jack knows the angle, he’s consulted with the FBI on previous Ripper murders, which is true, but Jack says he has an agenda. Almost offended, Chilton says that yes, of course, his agenda is living. He reminds Jack that everyone who believed Will about Hannibal’s identity as the Ripper is dead, to which Jack says “except you.” Jack wants something more than circumstantial than an opinion. He mentions that Will has a lot of memories, which Jack said were useless. Chilton says he dug the memories out of Will, that he can dig them out of Miriam if he’s allowed, which Jack shuts down by saying that she’s not his patient.
Miriam gets herself a prosthesis and Will seems to be the one to take her home. He tells her he was institutionalized courtesy of the Chesapeake Ripper, that he had been treated with light that caused seizures and made him lose time. A bit frightened, she talks about how she remembers the light, that the chamber music and his calm voice are the only things she still remembers from that time. Will says he and Miriam are part of his design, that the Ripper wanted her to be free. She says they’re not free, that the Ripper isn’t done.
Hannibal walks through his home at night to get himself a glass of wine, he’s halted by smelling Will’s aftershave, which he comments on, calling it “unfortunate.” Will has a gun, mentions that their last conversation was cut short, and he wanted to pick up where they left off. Will has given a lot of thought to killing Hannibal, and Hannibal asks him, again, how would killing him make him feel. Angry, Will says “righteous,” and we see Hannibal flinch a bit. Will advances on him, Hannibal tells him if he’s not the Ripper, he kills an innocent person, and if he is the Ripper and he kills him, who will answer the questions everyone will have? Will cocks the gun and Hannibal seems to feign fear, or perhaps he actually flinches, but Will can’t do it, he drops the gun and leaves Hannibal with his fridge door open and a new view of his “friend.”
We see the flashback of Miriam entering to question Hannibal way back when. The colors rush back and Jack is behind her as she enters. She’s here for therapy. As she looks over Hannibal’s drawings, she sees the Wound Man for a flash, though it’s only Hannibal’s portraiture, which she compliments. Jack interrupts their talking about the drawings, telling her about the message he received from her. She seems scared hearing her own voice, but she doesn’t remember. Hannibal asks her if she’d like to try. He turns his light therapy on, hypnotizing her, asking her where she is, what she sees. Miriam recounts the cell phone message she left almost word for word. He asks her what the last thing she remembers was. She says “the Wound Man.”
Back with the Science Bros, they found a smudged print of Hannibal Lecter’s on a flower petal. It’s not leading them away like Will said, and Zeller mentions scopolomine and sodium amytal. Alana mentions that Gideon and Will both had those drugs used on them by Chilton, and Jack says that Gideon had told him he was looking in the wrong corner of the right box. Confused, Price and Zeller ask if they’re thinking Lecter or Chilton is the Ripper. Jack says to bring them both in.
Chilton opens the door to his home, puts his ipad down, and hears a beeping. It’s quickly evident that it’s a heart rate monitor, but why is it in his home and where is it coming from? He follows the noise downstairs as the heart rate flatlines. Cautiously, he opens the door to find Dr. Abel Gideon–or what’s left of him–dead. Both arms gone, both legs gone, and a few pieces of “steak” left. He runs up the stairs and trips over a trio of bags that weren’t there before. Chilton gets up, seeing Hannibal in his plastic Murder Suit. He drugs Chilton before he has a chance to run, and the FBI is at the door. Calmly, Hannibal says “one moment, please,” and opens the door as Chilton’s vision goes black.
When Chilton wakes up, he’s covered in blood, a gun in his hand, and a trail of blood leading him from his seat. Sad Clarinet Music follows us into his white kitchen, stained with red, and the bodies of the eviscerated FBI agents sit on his counter tops. One is even stabbed up like the Wound Man. He grabs his bags and drives straight…to Will Graham’s house? Still covered in blood, he asks to use his shower.
another FBI team is at Chilton’s house, talking about the deaths, how long it’s been since he left. Jack quickly makes the connection, that he has the same profile, that he would have everything he needed to know to be the Ripper, to victimize everyone he has. Chilton, showered, is shoving his things into his bag, talking to Will, angrily realizing he’s Lecter’s patsy. He wants to run, but Will says running would make him look guilty. Chilton counters, saying that Gideon was half-eaten in his guest room, he has corpses on his property, and Will just threw up an ear and didn’t run, but he looked plenty guilty. The dead people on his property tend to make the FBI shoot on sight. Will tries to fake that he’s going to prove Hannibal is guilty, Chilton says he’ll reintroduce himself once that’s done.
Chilton points a gun, saying no over and over again, but Will just laughs, telling him he’s not a killer. Jack shows up after Will called him. Will asks why he came alone, and Jack doesn’t have time for this, telling him the Ripper hasn’t played everyone as Will asserts, that he’s only played Will. Chilton runs, and Jack pursues until he can’t run anymore. Chilton gives himself up, willingly, saying “please.” And for the first time, the fannibals like him and don’t want bad to happen to him. That is good writing, turning one of the most hated characters from the books into someone we all like.
He’s being processed by Price and Zeller, and he says he needs to speak to Will Graham. Zeller, who believes the Ripper to be in front of him, the man who killed Beverly Katz, snaps “I don’t care what you need.” In the questioning room, Chilton looks pitiful in his orange jumpsuit, Alana questioning him. He tries to tell her this is all a ruse, but she believes what everyone else believes: that he’s the Ripper. She accuses him of using coercive therapy to influence Abel Gideon and Will Graham in false directions, away from him. He ignores it, telling her that she cannot see it and probably will not until it’s too late. He lawyers up, but Miriam starts to cry, the flashing memories we’ve seen now have a face: Chilton is the Ripper to her. She cries into Jack’s chest long enough to grab his gun and shoot through what should be bulletproof glass, shooting Chilton in the face.
Hannibal is at his office drinking wine, and he hears a knock on the door. Will has trimmed his hair, cleaned himself up, and says hello. Hannibal asks if he intends to point a gun at him, to which his response is “not tonight.” As he comes in, he asks if Hannibal was expecting anyone, and the response is “only you.” Will confesses he has to deal with him, and his feelings about him, and that it’s best if he does that correctly. Hannibal says they have to deal with what is lost, and what has changed. Will says he changed him. When Hannibal says the Ripper is over, Will talks about how it had to be Miriam, that she had to be compelled to take his life so that she could take her own back. Hannibal asks how he intends to take his own life back, and Will says he wants to resume his therapy, sitting down. This causes Hannibal to almost hesitate, sitting across from him. The episode closes with the question aimed at Will “Where shall we begin?”
Next week’s preview looks like it’s going to be even more intense, Will says he doesn’t want to kill Hannibal anymore, now that he finally finds him interesting. Will has gone dark, and it’s all part of his game to catch the Ripper. How will this new version of Will work out? How will Hannibal keep tugging at everyone’s hearts and bringing everyone closer to where it will hurt the most when he’s finally found out? We’ve got to wait and find out.