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I really should get on with this essay…
I think a problem, the biggest problem, is that Fuller is trying to make it look like Will is going to win. But Will isn't designed to win, never. He catches Hannibal out of pure luck and almost gets killed. He's not even the one who gets Dolarhyde, because Molly kills him and he loses his family and gets disfigured, ending up a drunkard. He'll never win. Hannibal Lecter will. They can try to push a reckoning all they want, but we already know who'll come out on top in the end.
I couldn’t agree more. It’s a tonal problem, and a compelling one. The show has always put Will forward as the protagonist, to the point where Hannibal didn’t even appear in the pilot until the halfway point. We are perhaps meant to think of Will as being the hero of his own story — but he will never be fully allowed to occupy that role, not by Hannibal, and not by the story itself. He can never be a hero in the traditional sense. He will never catch the bad guy. He will never get the girl. He will be punished cruelly and remorselessly by the narrative for attempting to be that guy. Hannibal holds sway over the skewed moral universe depicted in the show; he controls that world, dominates it, because he understands the skewed and unforgiving universe in which he lives, and receives contentment from it. He gets to be the hero, even though he is the villain.
Yes to all of the above.
I can only add that Hannibal doesn’t appear that often throughout the entire first season just as he doesn’t appear often in the books. He doesn’t need a lot of screentime or pages to assert his dominance over this world. In a sense, of course, Will is the protagonist just as he is in the book. We follow him and his thinking. We put ourselves in his shoes. We are never destined to put ourselves in Hannibal’s shoes. He is unreachable, impenetrable. So in the sense of self-identification, Will is your classic protagonist. Only he won’t win. Hannibal will. Always. In every book. He toys with Will, escapes from prison, gets his ‘girl’. It’s a wonderfully amoral story about morality. And be they damned if they change that on the show.
The rest is in your commentary, I couldn’t say better myself.
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Daenerys gets eaten by her own dragon. The end of book 1000.