Hannibal Season 2 Review (Spoilers)

I will not review the first season of Hannibal, but I will say that it was delightful. I enjoyed every episode and had very minor complaints with the season. I had very high expectations for Hannibal’s sophomore run, and I was not let down at all. This season of Hannibal was more visually stunning than the first, it had even more complex characters, more twists, and more game changing moments. From start to finish, I enjoyed every episode, and the finale left me breathless. SPOILERS AHEAD! You Have been Warned!
The Plot
The season revolved around the game of chess between Hannibal and Will. Will found himself in prison due to Dr. Lecter’s therapy, and the season followed Will’s attempts to catch Hannibal. While the focus was always on these two compelling characters, the show also gave room for a few subplots. I never thought they were just shoehorned into the show without rhyme or reason. I think they had a purpose, which ultimately fed the main storyline. The storyline took a risk by showing us the confrontation between Jack and Hannibal in the season premiere, but I think it just added to the tension. The whole season was building up to that scene, and it did no disappoint. The finale was without a doubt the best episode of the season. It was beautifully executed and brought the overarching plot to a satisfying close, while leaving us with a HUGE cliffhanger. I personally believe Jack is dead, but I think both Alana and Will have survived. I really hope Will survived. It would be terribly risky if the show decided to kill off three main characters.
Hannibal & Will
The true stars of the season are Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham. Their interactions throughout the season were flawless. Starting off with Hannibal, he was given a much more human side this season. While he is thought of to be a cold and heartless being, he is given much more humanity this season. He genuinely loves Will. He opens up to him, and extends his hand for friendship. The problem is Will is not like Hannibal. He loathes him, and wants to see him caught. He needs to outsmart Hannibal, which ultimately causes those around him (as well as the audience) to question where his true allegiance lies. In the end, I believe Will always intended on catching Hannibal but he also had a part of him that clinged on his friendship with the dear doctor. I do not know where their relationship will go from here, but I envision that they can never become friends after Hannibal murdered Abigail. While there may have been a glimmer of hope in the past, the finale showed Hannibal forgiving Will, but I do not think Will will be as forgiving.
Closing Remarks
This really was a stellar season of Hannibal. It took the show to dark places, and set up a very intriguing season 3. I did not even touch upon Mason Verger, who was such a great presence on the show. Michael Pitt truly did a great job with the role, and I hope we have not seen the last of him. I cannot stress enough how much I loved this season of Hannibal. If you have not watched the show, I sincerely believe you should give it a try. That is, if you can stomach all the gore of the show.
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