Anonymous said: Do you think Hannibal can apologize to Will, or even to anybody, and mean it? I suppose the corresponding question is: Can Lucifer apologize? Can Alpha Males apologize? I would like to think that he is evolving in this regard, esp. after episode 2.13. Will has changed, has Hannibal also changed? It would be less obvious, but I hope so. What do you think?
Did you think that Will could change Hannibal, the way Hannibal changed Will?
He already did. (:
Hannibal has apologized at various times in the series, but without a doubt his most sincere moment of apology was in “Ko No Mono,” when he and Will were talking about Abigail.
And just look at this sad cannibal face after he watched Will’s eyes fill with tears.
We know Hannibal is sincere in this apology for two reasons.
One is that he invoked the teacup metaphor when he obliquely promised to bring Abigail back. The teacup thing is and always has been about Mischa, whom Hannibal had talked about in this scene as well. He understood Will’s feelings of loss and related to them because of the loss of his sister, which informed so much of his own interactions with Abigail. He didn’t say he was sorry just to placate or mollify Will—in fact, his response later, when he said that God answered Will’s prayer to see Abigail again by allowing him to see “a part of her,” indicated that he doesn’t take pity on Will at all. He said he was sorry because it was true.
The other reason is that he promised to bring Abigail back at all.
Hannibal has determined that he is going to make this up to Will in the most meaningful and powerful way possible, by reuniting them all in that beautiful and romantic surprise he had planned for when the moment was right.
That is the essence of a sincere apology: to mean it to the marrow of your bones and then do your best to right the wrong.
As for what’s upcoming in the next season, it’s hard to say with any certainty, but if I were writing it, I would be exploring how Hannibal will change as a result of learning to regret.
Hannibal says to Will in “Shiizakana” that he very rarely feels regret, though it’s not entirely outside of his experience. It’s both a new and natural place for his character to go. However, to get him there, he’s going to have to get past the idea that Will wronged him in a way that was greater than he wronged Will, and I don’t know how long it will take him to do that. I doubt it could happen overnight, or without some gesture on Will’s part to meet him halfway. But Bryan Fuller says he has surprises in store for us about Will’s motivations in the upcoming season, so I’m sure whatever they are will have us all feeling gutted. The show will no doubt give them the opportunity to talk about it all later, since most of what they do is talk, and Hannibal will eventually be behind bars with little else on his daily agenda.
Hannibal is not just Lucifer: he is also a man, with a man’s needs and desires and fears. Of course he can learn and grow, just as any man can. Yet the devil is the essence of who he is, and I don’t think that can change—he can’t be truly saved or redeemed, not any more than Will could be completely corrupted. But being a man is just as much a part of him as being the devil is.
Murasaki says to Hannibal, near the end of Hannibal Rising, “What’s left in you to love?”
The answer to that question might well be the point of the entire series.
Matthew Brown the real life osprey.
That second one.