And that is why Mikkelsen’s portrayal works so well. This is the first and only time Hannibal has been allowed a heart. It’s a dark and twisted heart, but a heart nonetheless. Mikkelsen lets that heart beat violently, and ironically with so much truth that it is painful at times. Hannibal is undeniably evil, but in many instances, even when he’s at his most terrifying, he is still somehow likable. Mikkelsen is probably the only actor who could make him sympathetic after he’s gutted the show’s co-lead, slashed the throat of two others, and orchestrated the possible death of his former lover. …Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is lonely, searching for a partner to share his pursuits and someone who understands him. Many have called Silence of the Lambs a love story, and if that is true, then so is Hannibal. One could argue that Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is simply searching for someone who wants the same things he does, or at the very least will accept him. This is why he is so desperately and violently hurt by Will’s choice in the season two finale. Over the course of two seasons, Hannibal has changed the image of a character and story already well defined, thanks in large part to Mads Mikkelsen and his portrayal of the legendary villain. He has added an emotional core to Hannibal when that didn’t seem possible and given this already horrifying character new, enthralling depths.



“The image on the 3 of Swords clearly describes this sudden pain. You literally feel as if someone has taken a sharp object and jabbed it through your heart. Even something as minor as a snippy remark can feel this way. Notice how this contains just a heart and three swords. When your heart is breaking, you feel as if that is all you are - an open wound. In readings, the Three of Swords often represents the nasty little curve balls that life can throw sometimes. Betrayal, abandonment, rejection, separation, a reversal of fortune. These hurts are painful because they hit you when you least expect them. …It is also possible that you are contemplating hurting someone else. With this card I think it is important to remember that each of us is capable of cruelty. We’re all human, and we all make mistakes, sometimes serious ones. In the end, all we can do is trust in the goodness of life and try to live up to that ideal. When you slip, forgive yourself, and try to forgive others in turn, but, even better, head off trouble before it arrives.”