‘Hannibal’ Season Finale Spoilers: Is the Cat Out of the Bag?
Late last week we were treated to some surprising, spoilery photos from the 'Hannibal' June 20 finale episode “Savoureux,” a prospect made less difficult to bear by the recent announcement of a second season order for Bryan Fuller's dark series. Now, even more spoiler-filled descriptions for the final episodes of the season have leaked, and it looks like things between Hannibal and Will get worse before they get better...
Once again warning you of SPOILERS, it seems 'Hannibal''s first season finale intends to bring the entire series' dynamic close to crashing down. Not only did last week's photos reveal that Will trains his gun on Hannibal and, however briefly, winds up behind bars, but it seems from NBC's press releases of “Relevés” and the June 20 finale that Jack has good reason for locking Will up at Hannibal's behest:
"Relevés" - After Georgia Madchen (Ellen Muth) dies in an explosion, Will (Hugh Dancy) asserts that the copy cat killer is still alive. The BAU team links Abigail (Kacey Rohl) to the Minnesota Shrike victims and plan to arrest her only to find Will has checked her out of the hospital. Will's hallucinations intensify, causing him to lose Abigail in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Hannibal's (Mads Milkkelson) subtle manipulation convinces Jack (Laurence Fishburne) that Will is capable of murder. Hannibal makes an astonishing admission to Abigail.
"Savoureux" - HANNIBAL PROVES TO BE NO FRIEND TO WILL AND JACK AND ALANA COME TO BELIEVE WILL IS CAPABLE OF MURDER - When Will (Hugh Dancy) returns from Minnesota without Abigail (Kacey Rohl), Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) turns Will in and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and the BAU team find strong evidence of Will having killed not only Abigail but additional evidence points to all the murders of the Copy Cat Killer. Jack and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) begin to accept that Will is indeed capable of murder. Will is arrested and in a desperate attempt to escape, breaks his own thumb to slip the handcuffs and frees himself. Will takes Hannibal back to Minnesota to clear his name and to prove Hannibal's guilt. But before he can, the situation takes another ugly and unexpected turn.
Granted series showrunner Bryan Fuller likely created the 'Hannibal' finale to go big in fear of cancellation, that's going to make for a pretty awkward and forward-moving reunion in season 2, no? Fuller previously said of the series that he envisioned it across seven seasons, the third or so of which would cover author Thomas Harris' 'Red Dragon' novel, by which time Hannibal had already found himself behind glass.
Well, what say you? Are you surprised to see 'Hannibal' moving so quickly toward the demise of its central relationship? What do you hope to see from the upcoming season finale?