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Hannibal Review: “Dolce” (Season 3, Episode 6)

“If I saw you every day forever, Will, I would remember this time.”

Alright, it’s time to get real about this Hannibal and Will relationship thing. While I’m a HUGE fan of this show, I do NOT understand all that crazy Hannigram stuff. But I will confess this: The reunion of Will and Hannibal in “Dolce” literally brought me to tears.

Forget for a moment that Hannibal murders and eats people. Forget for a moment that Will’s obsession with Hannibal has gotten his friends killed and that Will genuinely considered helping Hannibal murder Jack Crawford. When Will sat down next to Hannibal in the Uffizi Gallery, I saw such joy in their expressions as two best friends who thought they’d never again share a quiet moment together were reunited. I couldn’t help wishing they would stay like that, fixed in time like the subjects in Botticelli’s “Primavera.” How precious that moment was and they both knew it. “If I saw you every day forever, Will, I would remember this time.” What is will never be again.


I’m well aware that in real life, neither of these guys is someone who would elicit much sympathy from me. Hannibal is a sadistic cannibal and Will is an antisocial dick. But within the context of the show, they each represent a lonely soul stranded on an island of his own design who discovers he’s not in fact alone. Unfortunately that island by its very nature is built for one, and no friendship between them — no reconciliation — can last for very long. That’s heartbreaking.

Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen convey such a mix of emotions here with naturalistic micro-expressions on their faces and subtle inflections in their voices. I’m convinced their versions of Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, respectively, are the very best versions that have appeared onscreen to date.

It will be fascinating to see how their relationship evolves once Hannibal is locked up. In the book and movie versions of Red Dragon, Will needs Hannibal to help him catch Francis Dolarhyde. I wonder how much help the Will Graham of the television show will actually need versus how much their reconnection will draw them back together.

There are 7 more episodes of Hannibal left, which could likely be the last 7 times we get to see Dancy, Mikkelsen, et al portray these fascinating and complex characters. When Will tells Hannibal, “I’m curious whether either of us can survive separation,” I find myself wondering how well we fans will fare.


  • “Jack was the first to suggest getting inside your head. Now we both have the opportunity to chew quite literally what we’ve only chewed figuratively.” What a great twist on the brain-eating scene from the book to have Will Graham take the place of Krendler!
  • When Will whispered, “I don’t believe you” to Bedelia, I cheered out loud! These writers are so amazing. It seems like they never miss the chance to call back to a previous moment between two characters.
  • Alana Bloom is now fully “immersed” with the Vergers. I noticed her blood red blouse and it made me wonder how the colors of her clothes maybe match her evolution. I’ll need to pay closer attention when I rewatch this season.
  • That is one wicked expensive dress shirt Hannibal’s dressed Will in for “dinner.”
  • “In my defense, you weaponized your uterus. You shouldn’t have been waving it around like a loaded pistol.”
  • Apparently, Jack and Chiyo were supposed to have a big choreographed fight scene in the elevator but it got cut because of time and/or money. While that would have been cool, I really like the tension in the scene as is.
  • “This isn’t meat, this is man.” Can’t argue with Cordell’s logic on that one.
  • Will, about to be killed and eaten by Hannibal (in which order he does not know), manages probably the best insult a person could make to Hannibal: “The soup isn’t very good.” Hahaha!
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