I cannot tell you how many times I have watched “Mizumono.” I have listened to its climactic conclusion even more—a rip of its audio in my music library.
Hard to imagine then that I could glean anything else from repeat viewings at this point, but this is Hannibal we are talking about. It was during one recent relisten that a fairly simple shift in thinking compelled me to interpret the emotional final exchange between Hannibal and Will in an entirely different way. I had always read the scene as happening between two individuals. Two human beings. Silly me. Hannibal does not consider himself a human being. He is God.
Maybe this realization has something to do with me watching all 15 seasons of Supernatural—in which God is an actual character that Sam and Dean Winchester struggle to figure out a way to outmaneuver—over the course of four months during the pandemic lockdown. IDK. But Hannibal’s phrasing hit differently this go around.
Hannibal repeatedly aligns himself with God throughout the series. “Killing must feel good to God, too. He does it all the time, and are we not created in his image?” he asks Will in “Amuse-Bouche.” The episode’s Final Shooting Script even ends with the direction, “OFF HANNIBAL, seizing the chance to play God himself” (46).Continue reading