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I posted the 3x04 "Aperitivo" recap this morning. It was about 90% drafted before the finale aired, so it is largely written without any hindsight, but if you would like to skip some apparently foreshadowy conjecture at the beginning, jump here.

However, if you have seen "The Wrath of the Lamb," I think you'll want to read it from the beginning. To a similar end, I put together a Storify re: a number of book/movie/show parallels in the final after-credits scene. You can interpret that scene any way you want, I ain't gonna stop you (I actually kind of dig one interpretation for the penultimate scene and a contradictory one for the stinger), but I'm hearing that the broadcast was so dark for a lot of people that they missed a key moment.

As for how contradictory interpretations could work--think of the "multiverse" conversation in "Primavera." Everything that can happen, happens. It has to end well and it has to end badly. It has to end every way it can. Pick the one(s) you like, or all of them simultaneously, and enjoy.

MEANWHILE:

Here is the new Siouxsie song, "Love Crime" (not yet buyable/downloadable) that ran over the final scenes. It sounds like she and Brian Reitzell are going to do more songs, although Hannibal-related or not, I don't know.

Janice's final food styling post.

Hugh Dancy, going for the longterm troll.

The livetweet harvest was bountiful, but not entirely organized yet. By the way, I was fine, if somewhat stunned, with the finale and the group-hug tweeting until this:




(omg sob)

(And I still don't even know who he is!)

I'm currently outlining and screencapping "Contorno," but it definitely won't be done until I get back from Dragon Con (this weekend! Jesus take the wheel); here's my schedule (which doubles as "all the Hannibal stuff") for the convention. If you find me at the con, make sure you ask for a "666" eyeshadow sample (named for episode 3x12), because it looks fantastic.

Moderation note: I know people will want to discuss what I linked up there about "The Wrath of the Lamb," so the comments on this entry will be a spoiler zone, but please keep the "Aperitivo" post 3x13 spoiler-free.

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but I'm hearing that the broadcast was so dark for a lot of people that they missed a key moment.

What was the moment? I think I saw it all the first time, but I've seen so much giffed in slow motion on Tumblr that I can't be sure, lol.

Edited at 2015-09-01 06:32 am (UTC)

I'm guessing the fork grab?

The *really* interesting rumor that's circulating around the Chinese fandom, however, is that it's *not* Gillian Anderson's hand in that close-up grabbing that fork (which, by the way, was the type of fork that was the stand-in for the letter I in the super spoilery "Pure Imagination" trailer several weeks ago). I've rechecked myself and still can't figure out. :-\

Edited at 2015-09-01 08:40 am (UTC)

So I will post here (again, post-twitter) about the stinger?

I TOTALLY thought Bedelia had cut off her own leg. I think it was the way the shots were edited together, plus Gillian Anderson's insane poker face. I really thought that she was offering it up as a peace offering to try to keep her life, but to once more still be close to Hannibal. She certainly wasn't totally over him in talking to Will. And yes, she professed wanting to live (how EXCELLENT was, "you twitchy little man"?!), but she also ran off to Europe with Hannibal - so I do not think she is someone with a normal sense of self-preservation. She's clearly demonstrated a willingness to potentially sacrifice her life to be near him.

I can also see how grabbing the fork could be for protection, and not insanity. That makes sense. I did see the fork initially, but I saw it as a sign of her anticipation, not as hiding it as a weapon. (ALTHOUGH! I have yet to see the Hannibal movie - and that obvious parallel you pointed out on twitter calls that out in a much clearer way.)

However, I really ENJOYED thinking she had cut off her leg. It was so twisted and creepy a thought, that along with the two place settings; for me, it made a perfect ending.

I like how the ravenstag called them "Schroedinger's murder husbands." [Whoops! edit: "Schroedinger's fleshmeats."] That's how I'm choosing to think of the stinger. It works both ways to me (3 if you think it could be Hannibal's uncle and Lady M. as the two other settings instead of Will and Hannibal). It could both be someone else cut off her leg or it could be she has lost it. The idea that she finally lost her grip was so fantastically creepy to me - and such an interesting progression from the Eddie Izzard sessions, that I still lean a little that way. But to each their own.


In other news, I'm so totally not over this. That final scene with the red dragon made me cry. It was SO good, and I'm SO upset not to be getting more (potentially). It's a show on the level of Breaking Bad or The Wire, that got to finish out with the seasons the showrunners wanted, and I always find premature cancellations of really quality shows very upsetting (any other Carnivale fans in the house?) I'm trying to be grateful for what we did get - it's still pretty astounding. But man... I'd give my left leg for another season.

Hmm - yup. I just re-watched it, and because of the distance of the shot, it still isn't super clear to me that she's hiding the fork. It could be that she's picking it up. Perhaps they shot it to be intentionally ambiguous? Although Bryan seemed startled that so many of us had read it the other way on first watch.

(Also, I happened to hit on the start of the credits, and how beautiful was that shot of the waves crashing with Siouxsie playing in the background?!)

@BryanFuller had tweeted that it was filmed in Newfoundland. <3 God I miss Canada so much.

As for Bedelia's Poker Face, might I suggest that it also has a lot to do with the tons of painkillers she has to be currently on? :)

She definitely looked drugged to the gills. that wasn't just poker face, it was heroin face.

Re: The Siouxsie Sioux song

I'd only ever heard one song of hers before this, and that was the song she and her band did for "Batman Returns" called "Face To Face". Folks, you really should listen to that and "Love Crime" back to back, they're so musically and thematically compatible, it's like they're long-lost sisters slash soulmates:

Face to Face

(Siouxsie and the Banshees)


Face to face
my lovely foe
Mouth to mouth
raining heaven's blows
Hand on heart
tic tac toe
Under the stars
naked as we flow
Cheek to cheek
the bitter sweet
Commit your crime in your deadly time
It's too divine
I want to bend
I want this bliss but something says I must resist

Another life
another time
We're Siamese twins writhing intertwined
Face to face
no telling lies
The masks they slide to reveal a new disguise
You never can win
it's the state I'm in
This danger thrills and my conflict kills
They say follow your heart
follow it through
But how can you
when you're split in two?

And you'll never know
You'll never know

One more kiss
before we die
Face to face
and dream of flying
Who are you?
who am I?
Wind in wings
two angels falling
To die like this
with a last kiss
It's falsehood's flame
it's a crying shame
Face to face
the passions breathe
I hate to stay but then I hate to leave

And you'll never know
You'll never know . . .


Edited at 2015-09-01 08:47 am (UTC)

I kind of like the interpretation that Bedelia has cut her own leg off and prepared it because she's still that deeply under Hannibal's thrall - her anger and fear at Will when he tells her the plan to release Hannibal has as much to do with the fact that she knows if Hannibal IS free she's still just as much beholden to him as she was before he was apprehended. When she does her perfect mic drop back in Dolce, I think she can do so because she knows Hannibal is about to be caught. All her bravado after he's in custody only goes so far.

I like this also because it puts her therapy sessions with Will into a more interesting perspective; they're obviously not super healthy, but I think you can read them as her legitimately trying to help him recover an identity without Hannibal's influence. She's urging him to be stronger, be colder, be crueler, because that's the defense she's managed to build against Hannibal - which ultimately means nothing once she knows he's free in the world again.

Augh, as I'm writing this I've almost talked myself into yet another interpretation, in which Bedelia is setting her own trap for Hannibal (to try and hold the Devil again, perhaps?) which I like, because not only does it tie back in to "One you stalk, the other you lure," and Which makes her leg both an offering and a lure/trap, and palming the fork offensive rather than defensive.

(I also thought she looked desperately, desperately afraid in that last scene, rather than poker faced. Which could support almost any of the theories going on.)

Awww Ravenstag! *sniffles* Would you WANT to know who the Ravenstrag is, tho? Or would you want it to be a mystery?

Hot damn that song, I can't stop listening to it. I'm having nostalgia for a thing that just happened. XD

Have fun at DragonCon!

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