Hannibal’s ‘Savoureux’ was directed David Slade. Writers were Steve Lightfoot, Bryan Fuller and Scott Nimerfro.
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has a dream about the copycat killer. It’s night and he’s out hunting. After a bit of walking, he sees a stag up ahead in a clearing bathed in moonlight. He raises his rifle, checks the sightline then fires. It’s a hit but the animal doesn’t go down right away.
He gives chase. When he catches up to the wounded creature what he beholds is unexpected. The ravenstag is transforming into a person. He it takes off again. Plenty of blood left behind. The air is heavy with a sense of foreboding. He’s near. Hair stands up on the back of Will’s neck.
A branch snaps, Will turns in reaction and there he is. The copycat’s skin is the color of midnight. The only thing Will can see clearly are his whiter than white glowing eyes. The ravenstagman is backed up against a tree cornered and posed to attack. The creature moves. Will is jarred into the land of the living.
Will is disoriented, heart beating fast and unsure where he is. Home. I’m safe. Will sits up on the side of his bed. Why are his feet covered in dried mud? Did I take a sleepwalk stroll through the woods? Will staggers into his kitchen. Drinking from the faucet soothes his throat.
Now to take my meds. Will drinks from the faucet to toss back a couple pills. Only to throw up seconds later. A severed ear lies next to the drain in his sink.
The first person Will calls is Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The last thing Will remembers is taking Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) to Minnesota. She didn’t come back with him. Hannibal listens to his explanation of events. He insists they call Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne).
It’s an FBI convention. Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson), Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) and Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams) knew one day there would be a crime scene at the Graham residence. A despondent Hannibal has several sessions with Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). He knows he failed to save Abigail and Will. He doesn’t know how he’ll cope with the losses.
Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is furious. She warned Jack repeatedly. He ignored her. All of the glaring and obvious warning signs something was wrong. Will’s protests that this was bad for him. Alana eases Will’s mind on one subject. She’ll take care of his furry kids until whenever. Evidence piles up against Graham. Will pleads innocent but he knows that won’t save him.
The good: Have a box of Kleenex nearby. Winston wondering what’s going on, who are all these people and where is daddy going? Anyone catch the nod to The Matrix? Everything came together for a shocking conclusion. How will they top this season?
The bad: How air tight the case is against Will Graham.
The ugly: Will being unable to distinguish between reality and delusions caused by the encephalitis.