I scrolled past a discussion several days ago about ppl wanting to see Hannibal suffering for his sins and that clashing with hannigram, bc the best way to hurt Hannibal is for Will to die/leave. Nothing Will does can actually hurt Hannibal bc Will’s attention, good or bad, is what he wants, basically.
And I can’t find that reblog chain now but I’ve been thinking for ages that falling in love IS Hannibal’s ~divine justice/punishment and now I want to coalesce that thought.
Look at it this way: what more fitting punishment is there for a being who sees himself as far above humanity as humans view themselves above pigs, than to transform into a human?
Entirely because of love, Hannibal changes from the dude who feeds people people and makes delighted puns, fears nothing, lives in luxury, has everything he wants and does anything he wants, into the dude who is so desperate for Will’s regard that he sacrifices everything else for the scant hope of regaining Will’s interest (& incidentally receives legal justice for his crimes for a while too, ty ~power of love~)
Even if he gets domestic with Will after the fall, he has been brought low and he’s not climbing back up to reposition himself above humanity again. He’s become vulnerable to a maelstrom of human emotion. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the ways season 4 is an inverse of season 1, as Bryan Fuller has stated, is that now fear is Hannibal’s driving emotion. It would make perfect sense for him to fear that after gaining the only thing he wants he may lose it, considering his formative trauma is losing a loved one and from Hannibal’s perspective Will hasn’t demonstrated genuine positive feelings towards him at all between Savoureux and “It’s beautiful.”
Though Hannibal is surely happier with Will than without him now that they’ve met, Hannibal’s never getting his happy-go-lucky cool murderer making art and puns vibe back. He failed to save himself by consuming Will in Dolce, and Digestivo pointedly and thoroughly places him among his own livestock, lol. He’s fallen (risen?) to join the rest of humanity, with all the emotional turmoil, torment, vulnerability, and powerlessness that goes with it.