A brilliant season of one of the best new series on television drew to a close last night, as Will Graham's life continued to unravel on "Hannibal." TV Guide spoke with creator Bryan Fuller about the tense finale and what's in store for season two. Of course, SPOILERS follow so I highly encourage those who have yet to see this week's episode to hit that 'back' button now.
The opening imagery of the finale was as shocking as viewers have come to expect from the series, as Will awakened from another nightmare and vomited up an ear. Fuller claims this particularly grisly moment was one of inspiration for him, something he had thought up when he initially put the series together. "It was something that I knew was going to happen, even before I started writing the pilot. The last run of episodes was going to [have] Will Graham throwing up an ear, fearing that he had eaten somebody," Fuller explained. "...Will Graham has to feel like he's become Garret Jacob Hobbs in a complete way. And how horrific to think that somehow someone else got inside you in a way that could only mean that you ate them?"
Throughout the season, Will's mind has been Hannibal Lecter's playground, as the doctor has manipulated his patient into almost believing that he might have become the copycat killer. While some viewers may view it as torture, Fuller explains that from Hannibal's skewed perspective he is actually helping Will. "I think that everything that Hannibal has done to Will has been a radical, unorthodox form of therapy. I would argue that all of the deeds still come from a place of genuine care," he said. "He is trying to help Will see himself better and get to a truer version of who Hannibal thinks Will is. Even setting him up to take the fall for these murders has been an act of therapy, in Hannibal's mind."
The season drew to a close with Will occupying a cell that Hannibal will eventually become all too familiar to Lecter himself. Fuller teased that fans should not expect a quick resolution of this situation, explaining, "Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders that he may or may not have committed. Jack has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will, and Hannibal, as Will's psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see."
Additionally, expect Will's relationships to be compromised thanks to Lecter's manipulations. Everyone from Jack Crawford to Dr. Alana Bloom will begin to question his character, isolating Will even further than he has always been. "Will has always felt alone and we've seen him victimized by his isolation in the first season," Fuller said. "The tragedy for Will is that he allowed himself to open up and get close to Hannibal, and now he fears that that is the exact wrong person that he should have been so intimate with. Hannibal has so clearly convinced all of those around Will that Will could be capable of all of this. And Will has convinced everyone around him that he could capable of this by his own behavior."
He continued, "In Season 2, Jack will be investigating [Will's] accusations. I think after Will woke up from getting shot by Jack and before he was put into the institution, he shared his theories about Hannibal. Now it's up to those characters and Hannibal Lecter to either support or deny those accusations in a properly investigated way."
What did you think of the season finale?