jell fish

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#4. Glace Fish Mold

This is one of the two I was dreading (you’ll know the second one when you see it). Look at that thing. It’s a freaking Jell-O-ized fish. And it’s smiling. Despite my seething hatred for everybody who had taste buds from 1960 to 1969, I prepared my no-flavor gelatin to cool real quick, added everything in, and let it solidify in a tubular, fish-like shape.

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palindroned  asked:

What was the significance of Bella's conversation with Hannibal in the finale? Bella basically says she's still alive because she can't abandon Jack again and asks Hannibal to save Jack after she dies. If I recall correctly Hannibal never answers her. Does Bella's request influence any of Hannibal's interactions with Jack? Earlier in the season Jack says 'we could die there' like he couldn't envision living beyond Bella. Would killing him seem like salvation in Hannibal's eyes? Have a great day!

I think the importance of the scene was to set up Hannibal’s reluctance to kill Jack, which wasn’t perhaps as established as the other characters. The episode as a whole is really a crisis for Hannibal specifically: Will, Alana, Abigail and Jack all do what they do, but they’re all committed to their actions by the paths that have led them here, as signified by the ticking clock. They’ve already made their choices, for all practical purposes, and all of them stay the course (except perhaps Will—naturally).

Hannibal, on the other hand, makes his fatal choice—to raze all of his relationships to the ground—in the episode, and what gives his choice its monumental impact is how much he doesn’t want to do what he does. We know he doesn’t want to kill Will—obviously—and Abigail, whom he talked about caring for even more than Will did because of his sister. He had engaged in a long term friendship and more recent sexual affair with Alana, and there can be no doubt that he was fond of her.

But his feelings toward Jack were a little less clear: Jack’s presence in Hannibal’s life had always been somewhat threatening by the very nature of who Jack was, and Hannibal acknowledged this recently over fish jell-o with his line, “Whomever is pursuing whom in this very moment, I intend to eat them.” 

Since the audience knew all season that the fight scene between Jack and Hannibal was coming, there was always some risk we would not take Hannibal’s feelings for Jack seriously enough, especially given how much Jack had to fade into the background in the latter half of the season in order to sell Will’s descent and the deception regarding Freddie Lounds. 

Bringing Bella back allows the writers to remind the audience of the personal connection between Jack and Hannibal. Hannibal may have betrayed her earlier in the season, but that had a great deal to do with his connection to Jack, as Bella reminds Hannibal when she asks him to save Jack for her, just as he saved her for Jack. Hannibal doesn’t answer her because he’s already committed to killing Jack with his murder-fiancé in the execution of their wedding ceremony, on the night of their elopement before they escape to their honeymoon destination together (bless Hannibal Season 2 for giving me the chance—nay, the obligation—to write that sentence in a serious meta). Hannibal drops his gaze and looks troubled by the conflict that he’s in: he can’t both save Jack and consummate his murder-husband relationship with Will at the same time. His commitment to Will comes first, so we don’t see him answer Bella. 

After Hannibal discovers that Will has been somewhat less than 100% honest with him, not only does he give Will the chance to come clean, he also presents a win-win: knowing that Will hadn’t killed Freddie Lounds, he would also know that Will hadn’t committed to his killing side, and so he gives Will with the opportunity to get out of killing Jack and still stay with Hannibal. It would also allow Hannibal not to have to kill Jack, and let them just leave a note with Alana about the dogs, and slip away. He strongly implies that he doesn’t want Jack to die when he says, “Is it ideal that Jack die?” and then goes on to say that he doesn’t “need a sacrifice” (though this last part, of course, has multiple meanings). 

This then brings context and meaning to the conversation that we finally get to hear between Jack and Hannibal before they start fighting, about how this is the clearest moment of their friendship. Jack thanks Hannibal for his friendship, with sincerity—it’s an honest goodbye, and Hannibal is moved by this even as he reiterates, “The most beautiful quality of a true friendship is to understand and be understood with absolute clarity.”

And so, Hannibal (almost?) kills Jack while still thinking of them as friends, just as he (almost?) kills Alana while still thinking of them as lovers, and (almost?) kills Abigail and Will while still loving them both. Bella’s scene and her request that Hannibal save Jack for her helps make sure we understand that Jack’s loss is significant to Hannibal, just as his other losses are.