ok but how desperately does Hannibal Lecter love Will Graham?
cause he’s already in love with Will 30 seconds into meeting him, grows obsessed and dependant by Sorbet/Fromage, then by end of Savoreux Will’s already the only person in the whole world who truly sees him. Will languishing in jail and sending Matthew Brown provide just enough of that delectatio morosa to spice his love, and then lo and behold Will cleans up for him and seduces him and it seems like he’s going to become family and like-minded killer and this cannibal is head over heels in love OVER and BEYOND what he’s already felt at Jack’s office (”is that a burst vein?” moment a well lit, cozy nook in his mind palace) then BAM!!!! betrayal happens but on the plus side he gets to play wounded, jilted lover in Florence and absence makes the heart grow even fonder. and perfect Will crosses the atlantic for him and finds him in the perfect place at the perfect time and they get to have a reunion in front of the fucking Primavera. Hannibal’s thinking he couldn’t possibly love Will more than he does at that moment (”if I saw you everyday Will, i would remember this time”) but he’s proven deliciously wrong cause they get a nice escapade at Verger mansion and you bet he’s gonna carry Will and play knight in shining armour. Hannibal tucks Will in bed and his heart swells at how much he loves his darling boy. then curve ball!! Will rejects him but that just gives Hannibal another opportunity to prove his love. 3+ yrs in jail, he pines and pines, until all that occupies his mind and spirit is Will fucking Graham, perfect Will Graham who eventually takes him out of jail. Hannibal would have gladly died at the dragon’s hand then and there cause his dying eyes would’ve been fixed on Will but lawrd have mercy Will turns feral murder mongoose and they actually get to KILL TOGETHER, and Will covered in freaking blood in the moonlight tells him it’s beautiful.. what they’ve done, what they’ve become, and embraces and nuzzles him. no man living could love more than Hannibal does at this moment, and yessir that’s right cause Will jumps them off the cliff to their joint death so Hannibal has to love him in death as well as in life.
so in conclusion hannibal starts out already in love with will, and that love grows EXPONENTIALLy til hannibal literally loves to death. and the world’s best writers couldn’t have come up with a better love story with all the right trials and tribulations, escalations and culmination, so don’t tell me Hannibal doesn’t regularly replay their love story in his head like an opera (reconstructs La Scala opera house in his mind palace cause he needs full-blown orchestra, virtuoso singers and packed audience to do justice to the true magnum opus of his life) and pinches himself rly hard cause he’s the god honest protagonist in this perfect story and his perfect love is living and breathing in front of him and washing dogs idk and Hannibal JUST CAN’T EVEN at all his good luck. so you tell me, how desperately does Hannibal Lecter love Will Graham????!!!????