'Hannibal' S3E10: And the Woman Clothed in Sun

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Dolarhyde is a very insecure villain. Besides loathing his appearance and being incredibly shy, his entire modus operandi (the method he uses to kill. Criminal Minds fans probably hear this term being thrown around a lot) revolves around gaining dominance over his victims in order to become an all-powerful beast more akin to how he wants to be. The Red Dragon is not just his alter ego, it is, what he considers, to be the final stage of his metamorphosis. His body is but a shell harboring a monster feared across America, and that is exactly what he wants. So shy that he can’t help but hide in the shadows around a blind woman, his desire for recognition and understanding makes reach out to the one person he believes will satisfy this — Hannibal the Cannibal.

And Hannibal does understand Dolarhyde perfectly. After all the work Dolarhyde did setting up to call him, Hannibal reassures him that the body he has now doesn’t matter. I mean, the look on Dolarhyde’s face when he hears that is one of relief. That, finally, he has found someone who understands what he wants to become. Duality plays a big role for Dolarhyde (like it does for Hannibal, Will, and Buffalo Bill) — he’s both a man of sensitivity and of immense rage. His relationship with Reba conflicts with the urges he feels. For the first time in his life, Dolarhyde has people who appreciate and like him. But unlike Hannibal, Reba is the rock tethering Dolarhyde to a normal life. Allowing him to feel more secure than ever about the way he is now instead of the beast he wants to become. Like, for example, he genuinely fears Reba discovering his darker half because he knows that he would have to let the Red Dragon consume her.

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Another big motif in Hannibal is the whole theological reasoning behind cannibalism, which is the idea that consuming your enemy passes his power to you. In that same fashion, Dolarhyde ate the original Red Dragon painting to demonstrate that he is the one controlling the Red Dragon, instead of it controlling him. Most likely, this is tied to his relationship with Reba in an effort to protect her from his other half by gaining control over it.

Even though Reba finds herself being the Beauty to his Beast, it’s Du Maurier who’s being called the Bride of Frankenstein. A lot like Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Du Maurier has turned a lie into her life story and the only person who isn’t believing it is Will. Gillian Anderson took Bedelia to even darker depths when she revealed to Will that when she sees an injured bird, all she wants to do is crush it beneath her heel. I’m curious to see why Hannibal would have wanted to snuff this potential by eating her. If anything I’m wanting to know what makes her different from Will in Hannibal’s eyes.

Since Dolarhyde got too cocky, Will got a glimpse at both halves of the Tooth Fairy. From this point onwards, Dolarhyde will, more than likely, find himself losing control of both the world around him and of himself.

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