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Hannibal Series Finale Recap: "The Wrath of the Lamb"

"The Wrath of the Lamb" picks up just where "The Number of the Beast is 666" left off, with Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) admitting his true becoming to Reba (Rutina Wesley), not long after he eats Dr. Chilton’s face and sets the pompous psychiatrist on fire. READ MORE...

Hannibal: Season 3 Review

Hannibal's third and final season (for now?) gave us two great stories and a terrific wrap up to the deliciously complicated Hannibal/Will dynamic.  Read More... //

Hannibal Redefined How We Tell Stories on Television

  And so, in the end, Hannibal was a love story all along, and a doomed love story at that.   The third season ended like prior seasons, with a wrap-up that could double as a series ender if it came to that; and since, apparently, it has come to that with NBC deciding not to carry a hypothetical fourth season of this international co-production, and thus effectively ending it we should marvel at this climaxs majestic, well, finality. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) join forces to defeat the fearsome disciple/rival serial killer Red Dragon (Richard Armitage) in a super-slow-motion mano a mano: silent, gorgeously protracted, scored to an original Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin song titled Love Crime (what else!). As Hannibal s showrunner Bryan Fuller put it in a Vulture interview in metaphoric language, which, like so many Fuller observations, renders additional critical commentary superfluous Will and Hannibal were like two jackals bringing down a rhinoceros.   Read More... //

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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. 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. p { text-align: justify; }

'Hannibal' finale review: A perversely romantic, totally satisfying last supper

At the start of Hannibal s Red Dragon storyline several weeks ago, the shows titular attraction, a sinister sophisticate with transgressive tastes and an allegedly enlightened mind, was humbled by a newsflash: Hannibal Lecter, cultural icon, was hurting for an audience. According to his...   Read More... //

Review: 'Hannibal' comes to a dark and... romantic end?

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "The Wrath of the Lamb," the final episode of "Hannibal," the NBC drama starring Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.   Read More... //

Hannibal Series Finale Recap: Give Us a Hug

A satisfying ending to this season, but a deeply disappointing way to end this series.   Read More... //

An Elegy for Hannibal, TVs Most Twisted Love Story

One of the weirdest shows on TV came to its likely end Saturday night.   Read More... //

Hannibal Finale Recap: It's Beautiful

A heap of broken images. This is Hannibal 's design: Do you know where you are in the room? Francis asks Reba. She does. Then you know where you are in the house. She does. Then you know where the front door is, dont you? She does. He instructs her to feel his chest no, not what shes thinking, just touch it. Put her hands up to his throat (Careful) and take the key dangling around him. He needs to know if he can trust her. He sends her to the front door, advising her not to run. I can catch you.   Read More... //

'Hannibal' recap: Welcome to the end

Hannibal, Will, and Francis Dolarhyde march resolutely toward their fates.   Read More... //