Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is dead. Long live Will Graham.
After diving into the whys and wherefores of Hannibal’s (Mads Mikkelsen) European departure, Hannibal 3.2 “Primavera” focuses on some of the ones left behind the wake of his brutality. The show spends a time recapping the surgical provisional in which Will and Abigail were dispatched in the Season 2 finale – a sequence that was already particularly nasty – and then throws Carrie-levels of blood at it. Never has the term blood bath been more applicable than it is here. Memory plays a key role in “Primavera,” as it’s presence lingers over this episode like the high ceilings of the Florentine chapel where Hannibal places his ‘heart.’
The other thing trapped in those high ceilings is Will Graham himself. The way that director Vincenzo Natali directs the framing of many shots in this episode extenuates a feeling of being buried. Will is seen in interiors throughout the episode, before descending into an actual tomb. Will Graham might be alive, but he’s very much a specter of his former self. Also a specter of her former self is Kacey Rohl’s Abigail Hobbs, who (in a nice twice-pulled bait & switch by writers Bryan Fuller & Jeff Vlaming) is alive, but not alive – rather she’s a figment of Will Graham’s imagination: the part of him that’s still drawn and connected to Hannibal Lecter. The rad bromance between our two protagonists continues.
Memory also haunts Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Fortunato Cerlino), a man only second to Will Graham his obsession over Hannibal Lecter. Pazzi knows Hannibal from a time earlier – a place where Hannibal’s aesthetics began to truly define the man he is, as he stages a killing after the episode’s namesake. Sandro Botticelli’s painting is rife with themes of renewal (both sexual and earthly) and is a fitting early work from a young Doctor Lecter as he began to hone and practice his craft. The artistry is very apparent – a worthy successor to Botticelli’s work. As “Primavera” details the allegory of spring, Will’s hunt for Hannibal has begun anew as well – as fresh as the flowers woven within the painting.
Early in this 3rd season, it’s clear that Hannibal is fine with taking its time to reveal who truly made it out of the bloodbath alive – which is fine for now, but could grow thin if that’s stretched out much longer. However, with Will in Florence, having forgiven Hannibal, there’s certainly a Sherlockian game afoot, as a dead man hunts the death that placed him there.
– Lots of strong visuals again this week – my favorite had to be the teacup coming together to form Will’s face.
– Fortunato Cerlino makes a very strong impression here and I hope he’ll stick around for a while, even with a haunting threat from Will.
– Bringing back Abigail as a part of Will’s mind is a great way for the show to have its cake and eat it too. Kacey Rohl is such a great actress and I’m glad we’ll still have her involved in the show, especially if she gets more supernatural and strange material to work with.
– This week in “Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream”: The horrifying reappearance of Will’s Stag – which would have been a lot more impactful if I hadn’t already seen gifs of it all over Twitter. The downfalls of not watching live. But still, pretty horrific.
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Hannibal 3×02 Promo “Primavera” (HD)
Hannibal 3×02 “Primavera” – With his wounds now healed, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) heads to Europe eight months after the horrific event that almost took his life, in search of closure with Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Following a hunch, Will arrives in Palermo, Italy to find a disturbing gift. Will’s arrival draws suspicion from Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (guest star Fortunato Cerlino), who twenty years earlier pursued a Florentine killer known as ‘Il Mostro’ and, after reading Will’s file, believes that Hannibal Lecter and ‘Il Mostro’ are one and the same. Pazzi tries to enlist Will’s help in catching Hannibal, but Will warns that he is unsure of where his own allegiance lies.