"Dolce" was such a juicy episode, filled with action-packed scenes that progressed the plot forward by miles and differed from earlier, much slower episodes that established each of our characters and their motives for the first half of the season. This season of Hannibal definitely delivers viewers with a slow burn and this episode kicks everything up a notch as this arc comes to an end, with the Red Dragon arc starting in episode 8. What exactly happened in “Dolce”? Let’s go through this episode’s major events, divided by character.
Bedelia – Bedelia has quickly become this series most daring character as she skirts past Hannibal with her life still intact. She patches Hannibal up after the major beating he went through via Jack’s powerful kicks and punches. Seriously, Jack messed Hannibal up and I’m cheering from within. Sorry Hannibal, I was Team Jack in that fight! After treating Hannibal’s wounds, Bedelia more or less states she’s leaving this cage she’s entrapped herself in and Hannibal does nothing to stop her because his attentions lie elsewhere.
Bedelia has escaped Hannibal but she has a destination she wants to avoid at all costs: jail. She injects herself with one of Hannibal’s sedatives and begins her act as a “brainwashed, crazy individual” leading to a set of Anderson’s best Hannibal scenes to date. The police may buy Bedelia’s act, but Will and Jack sure as hell aren’t, which the most amusing aspects of this week’s episode. Upon observing Bedelia, Will out rightly states “I don’t believe you,” whereas Jack comments, “I’m not mad at you, I’m just impressed.” Bedelia’s reactions to their statements are simply to die for and I found myself watching the scene more than once; definitely one of my favorite scenes of the episode.
Jack, Will and Hannibal: Jack and Will have teamed up once again in their hunt for Hannibal Lecter, but both have terms of their own. Jack wants to catch Hannibal himself because he fears the official policing system has one too many holes; holes that will be big enough to allow Hannibal to escape once more. Will’s motivations are fuzzy, but a reunion with Hannibal is required for Will to gain some sense of a closure; a reunion that finally ends up happening. One would expect their meeting to be confrontational and led by anger however; their meeting resembled more of a reunion between two long-lost lovers than two “enemies”. Hannibal delivers my favorite line of the episode by telling Will, “If I saw you every day forever, Will, I would remember this time.” The two continue their emotional talk, admitting they’re starting to blur into one another and wonder if they could survive without one another. The answer is obviously no. A humorous tidbit did take place when Hannibal asked Will how Chiyoh was doing. Will responds with a blunt, "She pushed me off a train."
Speaking of Chiyoh, she snipes Will down, revealing her true intentions. Her intentions weren’t the only ones revealed; Will had a knife at hand, ready to dispose of Hannibal. Hannibal isn’t surprised and instead drags Will back to Professor Sogliato’s home where he proceeds to strap Will down to a chair and then…feed him soup. Yes, Hannibal does indeed feed Will and even blows on the soup so Will doesn’t burn his mouth. It all seemed so domestic. The domesticity doesn’t last as Uncle Jack, who shared a tense elevator ride with traitor Chiyoh (yes, I’m bitter and holding a grudge), crashes the dinner party, finding Will but not spotting Hannibal who’s hiding underneath the dinner table. “He’s underneath the table, Jack,” are Will’s chilling words of warning to Jack. Hannibal then slices Jack’s tendon forcing him to sit down, thus officially beginning the dinner party. Hannibal then decides to try to cut open Will’s head with a saw in order to finally see what’s inside his head. You made Will bleed Hannibal, I’m once again not pleased with your actions.
The scene then abruptly cuts to Hannibal and Will hanging upside down in Muskrat Farms, courtesy of Mason Verger, who’s eager to exact his revenge on the man who ruined his face. Next week’s episode is bound to be a bloodbath.
Mason, Margot and Alana: What were these three up to prior to Hannibal and Will’s capture? Mason spent the episode plotting his revenge and planning recipes that will include Hannibal. Oh, and he also wants a child…Mason believes he’ll make a good parent. Who in the world told him such a heinous lie? It seems like Mason has something in common with his sister Margot, who also wants a child of her own. Margot and Alana form an alliance and have sex; this scene involves flashes of body parts insinuating what’s taking place.
What’s Mason’s plan for Hannibal and Will? And who will make it out alive in next week’s episode? Also, how do Mason and Margot plan on making their baby dreams come true? These questions will be answer, hopefully, in next week’s episode titled “Digestivo,” which will air on Saturday, due to NBC changing Hannibal’s airing schedule.
What are your thoughts on “Dolce” and your predictions on what’s to come in “Digestivo”? Let us know in the comments below!