tnlock: season 1

anonymous asked:

What if Will doesn't use himself as bait to lure Hannibal, but he retreats, which Hannibal would expect. So Hannibal thinks he has to go after him and lure him. And then Will strikes. And I always think Hannibal the devil isn't fully explored. Hannibal hunts(stalks) people and manipulates them like a puppet master. Although he does it subtly without their awareness(Will is aware, of course), he is certainly a control freak. We rarely see him tempt them into his trap except for maybe Antony?

I suspect that if Will had retreated, the outcome would have been more or less the same because the way Will did things was necessitated by their psychologies, meaning that regardless who initiated the contact, the behaviors would probably have been essentially the same. Hannibal’s certainly not going to leave Will alone by any means, so I suppose the only real difference here is the amount of time it would take and that the version from the show is better suited to television while the version you’ve got here might be better suited for a novel. 

Hannibal functions as devil in two different fashions, and we see a fair bit of both of them. One is as the punisher of sins and overseer of hell, and this is the fairly obvious part where he carves people up in some gesture of symbolic retribution and then sentences them to the fiery depths of his tum-tum. 

The other is as the tempter, and we see that manifest in two ways as well. The first is again the fairly obvious part where he gets people into situations where they’ll (hopefully) kill. This applies most transparently to Will, Abigail, Bedelia, Miriam Lass, Randall Tier, Margot, and Chiyoh. So we’ve already got a lot of Hannibal-as-tempter (”What Hannibal does is not coercion. It is persuasion.”) just with this. 

But it also works on a less transparent level: Will offers the thesis in the very first episode–in practically the first line–that everyone has thought about killing someone, whether it be by your own hand or the hand of God. And by the time we get to the end of the show, every one of the surviving (and many of those who die) major characters has either killed directly or had a hand in killing: Jack kills his wife, Alana and Margot kill Mason, Chiyoh kills a multitude of goons for Hannibal in addition to the one guy Will got her to kill. Even Freddie Lounds and Frederick Chilton have both been culpable in murders (those of Nicholas Boyle and the night nurse, respectively). Although some of these characters have found their own way into sin, so to speak, Hannibal–and Hannibal’s agency–helped pave the way for the rest. 

Additionally, the most insidious way–and, I’d argue, with the most significant religious implications–Hannibal tempts people is to persuade them to hide their sins. Will speaks of this openly to Frederick Chilton in S2 when he tells him that the only way for him to be saved is to go to God (Jack) and repent and confess. But it comes up from pretty much from the start: Hannibal’s first means of getting Will under his influence is to collude with him by rubber stamping his psych eval, then getting Will to hide his hallucination from Jack. He shares the secret of Bella’s cancer with her and then hides it from Jack until Jack finds out on his own, he colludes with Frederick Chilton over the #unorthodox. Then there’s the whole Bedelia and Neal Frank thing. Hannibal gets Abigail to ask him to help her hide Nick Boyle’s body, then sneaks her out of her hospital and hides things from Alana. In fact, it’s when Abigail starts to refuse to hide things by agreeing to collaborate with Freddie Lounds and unearthing Nick Boyle that Hannibal starts to lose control over the S1 situation. That Freddie Lounds has no shame and therefore no reason to hide much of anything is one of the reasons he has so little power over her. 

For sin, there is grace, but not for those who don’t confess and repent. One of the major tenets of Christian belief is that when you aren’t right with God–when you haven’t confessed and repented–then you open yourself up to the machinations and influence of the fiend.