no matter how ugly you think you are, always remember—Hannibal could probably make an absolutely beautiful dish out of you.
i fucking love this fandom ok
[snaps head in your direction] DID YOU JUST SAY GAME OF THRONES
[breathes heavily] who are your favorite characters
[narrows eyes] what do you mean you don’t like sansa stark
“I just want to do good work. If it’s shot in Hungary, if it’s shot in Russia, if it’s shot in America, if it’s shot in England, you just want to do something you can stand up and say I’m proud of it.” - Katie McGrath
the fact that there is a casting of auguste rodin’s “the gates of hell” on stanford campus that sam probably scoffed at when he was young and optimistic
but he was probably nostalgic as well cause whenever he looked at the gates it would remind him of hunting which would remind him of dean
but then he’d shake himself mentally from the thought because he wasn’t a hunter anymore, life was gonna get better, he’d get his law degree and hell and demons and all those monsters would just be a scary story to tell his kids on stormy nights (but he’d still line the foundations of his house with salt just in case), and the gates were just a reminder of how far he’d come, how good he has it now
(and once he was a lawyer he could show dean that he was saving lives in his own way and maybe then dean would be proud of him and they’d be on good terms again)
and maybe one day a pretty blonde girl named jessica would walk by and catch him sitting on the grass with his textbook open and ignored, lost in thought looking at the gates, and she’d recognize him as that tall skinny dude in her intro to art history class and strike up a conversation because maybe it’s her favorite spot on campus too, or maybe it’s because she’d shut herself in the library to study for the past six hours and is craving a little company and hey this guy’s pretty damn cute so why the hell not
or maybe it’s hell itself calling her to her doom in a dimpled smile, the flash of sunlight on dark bronze, the promise of dinner and a movie once finals are over, though neither of them knows it yet
So there’s this bit in the Talmud regarding a giant deer and a giant lion, both originating in a mythical forest called “Bei IIar.”
The deer is Will, the lion is Hannibal, the forest is the barbed and thorny wild where their inner beasts stir and slumber.
I see Hannibal parallels everywhere. Sorry.
So Mavis and I were talking on Skype, and we feel we’ve discovered something:
Bryan Fuller tweeted that Will’s hallucination of the feathered elk is a manifestation of his guilt regarding the Hobbs case.
But there’s that elk statue in Hannibal’s office, right? The one they very obviously make sure to get in the frame in various shots? Clearly, there’s another layer of symbolism here. (Because in the Fromage episode, Hannibal used it to kill Tobias.)
And it’s sort of like the hallucinations are following Will wherever he goes, materializing during moments of extreme vulnerability (i.e. his dreams, when he’s doing his empathy thing), which corresponds to his subconscious.
So we were thinking that the elk represents him knowing deep down the truth about Hannibal and not wanting to look (see the parallel: “it’s getting harder and harder to make myself look”) because, really, how could he not know? Having pure empathy pretty much forces him to peek into the heart of humanity, for all its fear and shame and jealousy and longing and avarice, all the dark desires we surpress. Except that Hannibal doesn’t. He gives in to the darkness, he does not fear it, therefore he does not hide it. Not really. It’s all there, if you look closely enough. And if anyone can, it’s Will.
But he doesn’t, doesn’t want to. And it torments him. Because deep down, he knows that he and Hannibal “are just alike,” and he refuses to face it. Because even deeper down, he knows Hannibal for who he truly is. And for someone who “deals with huge amounts of fear [as] the price of imagination,” that horrible truth is the thing that would more than likely send him over the edge.
We’re already moving in this direction, so it’s only a matter of time now. The preview made it very clear that Will is beginning to suspect Hannibal. But will the finale reveal Hannibal’s true nature or Will’s? As they say, waiting makes a meal taste even better!
Bryan Fuller wants David Bowie to play Hannibal’s dad in the second season and you’re telling me that NBC still doesn’t know if it wants to renew this show.
And don’t forget Lee Pace!