Television Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 13 “The Wrath of the Lamb” written by Robert Reineke September 6, 2015 “Meat’s back on the menu.” HANNIBAL wrapped up its series in fine style. One could jokingly say that it climaxes with a three way and finishes with an embrace. Ultimately the show was about Will and Hannibal, which “The Wrath of the Lamb” made clear, relegating the Red Dragon to something of a footnote in the dance between the two. The series ended on a final statement on Will and Hannibal’s relationship and as final statements go it’s pretty definitive. Hannibal corrupted Will’s sense of right, but not so much that Will couldn’t do what needed to be done in the end, perhaps for everyone’s benefit. Dolarhyde took a back seat at the series finale, which perhaps doesn’t make HANNIBAL’s take the definitive adaptation of Red Dragon that it could have been, but Richard Armitage was an important presence throughout the finale. From a goodbye to Reba, to an unexpected one on one conversation with Will, and to a final fight between Hannibal, Will, and Dolarhyde there was much to appreciate from Armitage’s performance and physical presence. The final image of him with blood spreading out like the wings of a dragon was striking. Mads was terrific as always. Alana, Chilton, and Bedelia had enough to do, especially Bedelia with the tag, although I would have thought that they might have had more agency. Jack Crawford perhaps was short-changed considering his sizable presence in the series, but his arc was wrapped up with the death of Bella and his final confrontations with Hannibal in Italy. But, the finale was really Will’s story of him wrestling with the darkness that was unlocked by Hannibal. Clearly he was tainted as his plan for Hannibal resulted in a predictable loss of life. Clearly he acknowledged the attraction that Hannibal represented to him. Clearly, he betrayed himself in his inability to capture Dolarhyde alive and perhaps get him treatment. But, when push came to shove, Will was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to remove not one but three potential evils from the world. In many ways, the final actions are a direct reference to the final confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. It’s an ending that preserves that original intent of Arthur Conan Doyle’s story while having Will acknowledge and atone for the evil in his own self. Hannibal Lecter is probably the most iconic villain of the last part of the 20th century just as Professor Moriarty was the iconic villain of the late 19th century so there’s a neat parallel. Of all the endings they could have gone for, that’s one that likely to resonate for a long time after the series ends. The conclusiveness of the ending really indicates that the showrunners had long made peace with the idea that the show would be cancelled at the end of the third season. Sure, they could have continued on with Clarice Starling, but without Will Graham that would have been a different series. Instead, they wrapped it up in grand style and I think it’s going to help the series have power for being more than stylish and gory for a long time to come. A story needs an ending and this one was right. So, thanks to everyone involved in this memorable, stylish series. I originally groaned at the idea of a prequel series for Hannibal Lecter but was completely won over in the end. Yes, sometimes it was pretentious and meandering. In the beginning, it was sometimes too procedural and in the third season it was sometimes too obtuse and dreamlike. But, it really did justice to Thomas Harris’s creations while playfulling adhering too and upturning expectations. It’s been a great ride and I’m glad it’s going out while it still had everyone invested in it. Not everything needs to be six seasons and movie. Three pretty great seasons with a beginning, middle, and end of the story is something worth treasuring. Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 13 “The Wrath of the Lamb” was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Hannibal 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Mahershala Ali To Take On Marvel’s LUKE CAGE next post TBD – The State Of Superman On Film You may also like More THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR Promos... November 12, 2013 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 9 “And... August 5, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 16 to 29,... April 30, 2017 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Everyone Says I... November 20, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 17 to 23,... September 24, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 24 to 30,... February 1, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 10 to 17,... January 17, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 11 to 17,... October 19, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 4 to October... October 11, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 11 to 17,... January 17, 2015 Darren James Seeley Man, I wish I could agree. Belive me, I WANT to. But i can’t. I been a fan of the show for the entire run, and I also liked Richard Armitage’s Dollarhyde take-but then I been a fan of the actor since his Robin Hood days. And it was great hearing the Siouxie song as well. But I’m sorry. This last ep disappointing. You are on point in saying The Red Dragon feels like a footnote. I’ll go a step further. The character – and Graham’s method of finding him- are wasted. I was curious to see how in this adaptation of the book how Will would find him. Never get it. Graham finds Dollrhyde easy as Lector simply plays them against each other. then Graham has to “capture” Dollarhyde again, without even mentioning that he had a faceto face with Dolarhyde who let him go. And why did Dollarhyde attempt to kill Lector and/or Graham at Lector’s house? He had them both dead to rights after that highway assault. .It’s sad to see the show go. However on the other hand…the cancellation did free up Mads’ schedule for two very high profile movies, so that is some good news. stock Been incommunicado for a bit, so won’t go chapter and verse on this. I think I’m going to have to watch it beginning to end again to see how it really flowed as a series. Last episode seemed like a tack on to me, if only because one plot hole led to another in order for them to get to the Reichenbach Falls like you said. Very appropo. My problem has always been the same. Will is not a cipher who only needed Hannibal to spark his true self. Will is more like a Salieri character in that he’s able to recognize pathology but that does not make him pathological. But I read an interview with the show creator Fuller, and I’m sorry to say that in the interview he came off not very introspective about the characters. He seemed more like a kid with a toy. And that was the frustrating thing for me anyway. There is a scene in Manhunter where Will tells his son how he caught Lector. The son asks if thinking like Lector felt that bad. Will says, son, they’re the worst thoughts in the world. If Will had been a bit more like that in the show, it would work better for the audience, I think. As it is, they should all be in prison, every one of them. I like Lector as the bad guy. Mads was awesome. But they let Will down IMO.