'Hannibal' S3E13: "The Wrath of the Lamb" Review

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I’m going to be missing Hannibal esoteric and artistic interpretation of the horror genre and its uncanny ability to push all of the right kinds of boundaries. Most of all though, Hannibal should be remembered as a show that not only entertained, but stimulated its audience. I mean, what a finale. Could any of us had asked for a better conclusion than what we were served? Each and every season finale could have served as the series finale. (Most likely due to the fact that Bryan Fuller is no difference to cancellation). Ending on a literal cliffhanger, the series closed at a point of Hannibal’s life where it wouldn’t matter if the series came back or not.

The spin on Dolarhyde’s story was truly delightful. The best part about this episode, though, was the "screw it" approach the story seemed to have — a cavalier way to close out the series finale. While Dolarhyde faking his death wasn’t much of a surprise for those who had read the books, Fuller made sure to put his own spin on it and it worked seamlessly. Will, of course, got to meet Dolarhyde soon after his "suicide" before going to Jack and Alana with his plan. They, too, just thought the best way to do things was to get rid of Hannibal once and for all, no matter the costs.

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It was spectacular to watch Will and Hannibal bond in their final moments together. Will being able to speak openly with Hannibal (including a shoutout to Miriam Lass and Abigail from Hannibal), including wanting him "changed" by the dragon, was a reminder of their tattered, but existing feelings between the two of them. You’ve got to love the indifference Will had towards Dolarhyde speaking to Hannibal about filming his death. It was almost like a spectator at the Colosseum. (Complete with wine!) Best of all, though, was their fight scene with Dolarhyde. A "threesome" only Hannibal could portray in such an elegant fashion, the action scene was a perfect conclusion for all three characters. Will and Hannibal demonstrated their mutual feelings for one another; and Dolarhyde was finally changed.

Alana, Jack, Chilton, Reba, Bryan, and Jimmy all had really great closing moments in the show. Each springing up one last time before Hannibal was finally put to rest. Jimmy and Bryan both had an awkwardly funny conversation about Dolarhyde’s survival and Alana’s chats with Hannibal and Chilton were all really great. ("Every moment since is borrowed.")

Also, how about that scene with Bedelia?! Most likely knowing her demise is soon upon her, she cut off her own leg and cooked it in preparation for Will and Hannibal. Note, there are three place settings. It’s a chilling end note for the series and a delicious reminder that no one truly survives Hannibal.

It’s really hard to have to let go of a show with cinematography that’s so well composed, so artistic, and so aware of its worth. The trippy, dreamlike feel induced by Hannibal flowed perfectly alongside the gore and its intellectual writing, and is a demonstration of the strides television can take. Hannibal was a significant step for television’s grand leap.

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