First and foremost…Hannibal is back! Fannibals rejoice! And secondly, this hit series' third season is off to a killer start and, if this episode is any indication, the rest of the season is going to be a blast to watch. Hannibal is the type of show where each season is mind-blowingly fantastic, making it (in my opinion) the best television series on TV.
So how does the show’s highly anticipated third season start off? Before the true beginning, we’re shown a brief recap of sorts, but it seemed more like a highlight of season 2’s gut-wrenching moments; damn you Hannibal for offing Beverly and harming Will!
“Antipasto” kicks off with a beautifully shot scene of Hannibal speeding through the streets on his bad-ass motorcycle. This introduction solely focuses on Hannibal, whose stalking his next prey. He kills said prey and the oh-so-lovely cooking shots return with a vengeance making the food look more delectable than ever. Hannibal is well and truly back and I can hardly contain my excitement and pure glee.
Throughout this episode, we’re shown multiple flashbacks of Gideon and Hannibal; the conversations they had while Hannibal cooked his legs and arm. These scenes were a pure joy to watch not only because we get to see Gideon again, but because Hannibal’s comedic timing is on point. He slyly insults Gideon, claiming what he’s doing, can’t be considered cannibalism because Gideon isn’t his equal. Oh Hanni, I may be upset at you and want Will to kill you, but I sure as hell missed your sassy one-liners. Hannibal could very well have been a successful comedian. I truly felt bad for Gideon because who wants to see their own arm get marinated in wine all the while you’re being fed your own leg. Death must have been a true blessing for Gideon.
The lovely Bedelia Du Maurier is in over her head and spends this entire episode realizing she’s gotten herself into heaps of danger all due to her curiosity. The perfect example of her predicament and one of my favorite scenes happens quite early on. While relaxing in the tub, Bedelia lowers herself underwater and suddenly she’s seen sinking deeper and deeper. The symbolism of the scene was quite stunning and represented Bedelia’s current state perfectly. Bedelia also has flashbacks this episode: one focusing on how she ended up on that plane with Hannibal and the other showing what happened with her patient she killed who’s not shown for long, but he’ll be back later this season. In the first Bedelia flashback that takes place after the bloodbath at Hannibal’s house, Will is referenced and Hannibal comments, “Will Graham was not a suitable substitute for therapy.” With Bedelia softly questioning, “Then what was he?” That’s a question Hannibal leaves unanswered.
Bedelia is clearly afraid and is regretting giving into her curiosity. She travels to a train-station and sits in full view of a security camera probably in hopes of the FBI spotting her. Bedelia even attempts to leave, but is stopped by Hannibal who kills Anthony, yet another curious doomed soul, in front of Bedelia. Other than Bedelia’s clear fear, her relationship with Hannibal remains relatively the same as before. She provides psychological commentary to his actions and he indulges her, most likely curious to her motives. Bedelia is clearly still shrouded in mystery and we’ll finally be seeing much more of her. Hooray for Gillian Anderson being added to the main cast!!!! Bedelia will be, thankfully, sticking around for the time being.
The last couple minutes of “Antipasto” provide us with one more Gideon flashback and Will Graham is finally brought up. Gideon comments that Hannibal is only keeping him alive for his company even though he would much rather prefer the company of Will Graham. Gideon lastly remarks, “I’m just fascinated to know how you’ll feel when all of this happens to you.” Oh Gideon, you’re not the only one eagerly anticipating Hannibal’s downfall. Yes, I’ll be forever bitter about the harm he caused Will and the cruel way in which he slit Abigail’s throat right before Will’s eyes. The episode ends with Hannibal making a human heart out of paper, mirroring a horrific display he’s placed within a church, all in the hopes of leading the FBI to him.
This episode gets a full 10 out of 10; it was simply phenomenal and I can’t wait for next week’s episode. Mainly, I can’t wait to see Will! Judging by the season trailer and tonight’s brief trailer, Will and Hannibal will eventually be reuniting. Bryan Fuller has commented breaking up is hard to do referencing Hannigraham, but I’m hoping we get more scenes between the two similar to the ones in the previous two seasons. Their dynamic is simply one of my favorite parts to the show and I’m not ready to say goodbye to that twisted bond just yet. Though Will needs to get the upper hand on Hannibal and finally fulfill his promise of a reckoning.
So fellow Fannibals, what were your thoughts on “Antipasto?” Let us know in the comments below!