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Hannibal - 1.12 "Relevés" - Review


Hannibal proves how his own self-preservation matters more than "making friends".
In this week's episode, things got a bit too close for comfort for Hannibal Lecter. Once again he took control of the situation, deliberately moving all players in the game away from him.
It's unfortunate that Jack Crawford has been catching up with Will's help, but was persuaded by Hannibal to believe that a dissociative personality disorder turned Will into a killer.
Will knows from the start how to connect the dots, and he uses his skill successfully to trace the patterns of the copycat killer. Starting with Georgia's death, he even manages to give her the dignity she deserves, refusing to believe she would commit suicide. It was tragic to see her trying to recover in her own way, and instead she falls victim to Hannibal's machinations. In the end, only Will truly understood her.

Personal interests

His firm belief in his own judgment eventually leads Jack Crawford to Bedelia Du Maurier's doorstep, which puts her into a difficult situation regarding patient confidentiality. In fact, I'd say that every character has been trying to solve the puzzle with the help of another person, but personal interests have always mattered more than revealing the truth. Ironically, Bedelia reinforces the idea that Will would do well with more friends like Dr. Lecter as opposed to Jack Crawford. However, Will Graham, Jack and perhaps even Freddie are far more interested in what really happened than any other character looking out for himself. Jack isn't the best friend; far from it. But you don't want to have a friend or father like Hannibal Lecter.

It was quite amusing to watch Hannibal squirm while his "friend" profiled him correctly right in front of him. Even his claims to protect Abigail from Will's delusions don't deter Will from investigating further.

Start where the copycat started

Eventually, Will asks Abigail Hobbs for help, going back with her to investigate the Minnesota Shrike case. He hasn't been himself, and his spatial neglect and loss of time just prove that he should've stayed at the hospital. His ability to empathize with a killer also puts an interesting spin to the ending of the episode. Will doesn't know that Jack is already on his way, thinking that Will might harm Abigail, but he doesn't become Garrett Jacob Hobbs either. He becomes Hannibal.
We are left with a cliffhanger, the ominous scene between Hannibal and Abigail, which doesn't bode well for her safety. People who know about Hannibal die, fatherly concern or not.


Hannibal's loyalty goes hand in hand with his idea that Will could be like him. In the end, it's easier for him to frame Will, because he simply isn't his friend in the general sense. Will is something else to Hannibal. My impression is that he's an instrument for Dr. Lecter, a person that can become Hannibal. He tried to isolate Will from his friends. Framing him for murder would achieve exactly that, and it would give the serial killer a sense of power and more control over Will's fate.

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