There was a lot of flash to Contorno. There was an epic ass-whooping,
two defenestrations (one bowels-in, one bowels-out), a de-train-estration and
the return of the Ravenstag! Besides the fisticuffs and the bloody visions
there was one moment that could be lost in all the noise: the brief exchange
Hannibal and Alana had over the phone right before he chucks Pazzi out of the window.
It was such a great human moment for Alana.
The way Will describes it, Hannibal’s phone voice is some
kind of litmus test of homicidal intentions. For Alana will hearing Hannibal’s
voice again stir up some forgotten affection or will it reinforce her desire to
have him tortured and killed? Another question for another episode, but it was
a nice moment for her character. Her transformation from softy to bad bitch was
so dramatic it was good to see a genuine reaction. The exterior that
could weather the worst of Mason’s foul mouth without batting an eyelash,
blanches when she hears that familiar voice. She has been thinking a lot about Hannibal, talking about him, getting into his head, but not totally prepared to be presented so bluntly with the
reality of his continuing existence. Her reaction shows that she is still multi-dimensional.
Her dimensions have, like Mason’s ears, just been rearranged.
Mason and Alana are still an unusual pair. It’s hard to tell
what Alana thinks about her partner. Personalities aside, they are an effective bounty-hunting team. As fannibal-crack pointed out, Alana brings a different eye to the investigation,
following a trail of stereotypically feminine clues to find Hannibal.
In the scene where Alana is making her presentation to Mason in Contorno, why
were Alana and Mason dressed like a bride and groom? Alana was wearing one of
her softer blazers in gold-flecked white, and Mason with his sober dark suit
and striped tie would not have looked out of place at the altar. They are even talking
about china and place settings. Perhaps (hopefully) this is only representative
of them climbing into bed together figuratively. (shudder)
And, speaking of climbing into bed together…
Bedelia and Hannibal are very cosy in Contorno. Word of God says the snail-eating scene
is post-coital, so, if you take the author’s comment as part of canon, there’s
the answer to the question of will they/won’t they/have they. I would still
like to know “when did they?” Personally, I favor @bedannibal-lectaurier’s opinion that this is a new aspect to their
relationship in Contorno.
There was casual nudity and semi-nudity between them before.
The new chapter of their story, starting right after the Red Dinner Party,
kicked off with nudity (Hannibal’s) as a symbol of their new honesty with each
other. Person suit gone. The nudity, to the point of Contorno, has been non-sexual or, at least,
not explicitly sexual. Bedelia strips down alluringly from her ball-gown after
the dance in Antipasto, but Hannibal turns away, uninterested. (As a totally
subjective aside, after-event sex can be the hottest sex. You and your main
squeeze all dressed up, getting your drink on, getting appreciative looks
from other people maybe even get hit on a little. But you know she’s going home with you at the end of the
night. And especially since Hannibal schooled all those snobby Italian profs on
their main turf, if there was a time to smash one out, if would be then. Nothing
arouses Hannibal Lecter like Hannibal Lecter.)
Hannibal washing Bedelia’s hair is certainly intimate, but
not necessarily sexual. The most common hair-washing situation is parent-child
not lover to lover. Her bathing in front of him, being naked and letting him
touch her certainly shows Bedelia is vulnerable, but she isn’t offering this to
Hannibal. She’s already figuratively naked. Hannibal knows her dark secrets and
holds her life in his hands. If she is controlling anything about the
situation, she is doing it in a very narrow framework that Hannibal set in
Contorno’s dishabille is of a definite sensual nature. There
is nuzzling involved. What changed between Antipasto and Contorno? This show
continues the frustrating pattern of leaving so much compelling pieces of the
story off-screen. Is this the afterglow of the first time? Who initiated? If
they had been edging to this point over the last few months what pushed it over
the line for both of them? It’s possible that Bedelia is feeling the pressure
of their house guest’s imminent arrival. Not that sex is necessarily security
I don’t know what Bedelia is doing, or even if she knows.
She said she has a plan for how to spring herself out of whatever situation she
gets herself into, while implying Hannibal has no such backup plan. (When
Hannibal has his first run-in with Pazzi, Bedelia sounds genuinely disappointed
that Hannibal is still free to tell her the tale.)
Is Bedelia’s plan just to hold her head together while
Hannibal falls apart? Bedelia says she has a plan, and it is one of
the suspenseful elements to this season.