“HANNIBAL” SERIES FINALE SPOILERS AHEAD
The final episode of NBC’s “Hannibal” was appropriately as indulgent, imaginative and insane as the rest of the series, ending with a Reichenbach Falls-style moment for Will & Hannibal embracing and going off a cliff together. Fuller says the clifftop fall was “very intentionally left obscure” and if the show continues they survived. If now? “it’s a big fat question mark”.
He confirms producer Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a film and if that’s not on the cards suggests it: “would be interesting to discuss a miniseries or some sort of continuation of the story with another network once all the hubbub of this series has gone fallow”.
While there was always a homoerotic undercurrent to the Will & Hannibal relationship, the last two episodes brought that to the fore but in a surprisingly mature way – dealing with a love between two men of intense psychological and emotional along with some physical intimacy but one without sexual intimacy. Fuller tells TV Line that was quite deliberate:
“There is a quality to connections that go above and beyond sexuality. You can have this intimate connection with somebody that then causes you to wonder where the lines of your own sexuality are. And we didn’t quite broach the sexuality. It was certainly suggested, but the love is absolutely on the table. There is love between these two men, and confusion between these two men.”
He elaborates upon that idea more speaking with Variety and says it is what causes Will’s clifftop leap at the end:
“I think that’s what motivates the leap, is his realization that Hannibal was right all along. As beautiful as that felt to him, he understands that it is a place that who he is will not survive in, and so his option is essentially to pull the plug on the whole story, and that’s the only way he’s going to win himself back.
It’s a sad gesture in so many ways, and it brings an interesting question to the strength of friendships. In my personal experience, I would say I’ve experienced more hurtful betrayals by friends than I have lovers, and friendships I’ve had in my life have been every bit as intense as relationships I’ve had that have been sexual, so there’s an aspect of that where nothing quite hurts as badly as a friend betraying you.
In an infidelity, that type of betrayal between lovers, you understand the human nature and that the heart wants what it wants, and the draw of sexuality and the temptation of that, so you get how human nature is the betrayer in that situation. When it comes to a friend and it’s not about genitals, it’s about the souls, it cuts much deeper.”
Finally there was the post credits stinger which saw Gillian Anderson’s Bedelia in fine dining gear being served her own cooked leg by someone else whom we did not see. Fuller decide they would explore that should further episodes or a film go ahead:
“[The post-credits scene with Bedelia] was very intentionally setting up another season of the story… I’m always up for more Gillian Anderson, as much as I can get, however I can get it, so we absolutely would’ve seen what happened before and after that stinger in season four…
By coming back in and seeing Bedelia at a dinner table being served her own leg, grabbing a fork and hiding it under the table and preparing to stab it in the neck of the next person who comes into the room, that’s a great way to tell the audience, ‘Yes, we have told you completion to this story, but who is serving Bedelia that leg? Is it Hannibal? Did he survive? Is it Uncle Robert is, and is David Bowie behind that curtain? Who’s serving her the leg?'”
All three seasons of “Hannibal” are now available for streaming on various services.