Putting aside my shiny shipper tinhat for a sec, that was literally the first time Hannibal’s initiated physical contact with Will and it’s no coincidence that it happened just then. He just convinced Will (a cop for years, and now FBI) to lie about a murder. He’s made him an accomplice in a homocide, an accessory after the fact. Hannibal’s got Will so closely roped in that he’s willing to jeopardize his entire life and career with the bureau for him and Abigail, their surrogate daugther, reborn in their bloody hands (don’t tell me that scene in the pilot doesn’t make you think of a birth). He elegantly plays on Will’s extreme guilt and trauma over killing Abigail’s father (“Who knows Abigail better than you and I? Or the burden she bears? If you go to Jack you murder Abigail’s future.”) and uses that to pull him (paddle him out?) further and further away from the shore of sanity and the real world.
Hannibal’s choice of words when he says “Do I need to call my lawyer, Will?” is another method of guilt-tripping Will into doing what he wants. He pointedly asks do I need to, Will?, using his name and framing it as a question, as in, “you’d be making me do this, and any horrible consequences would be ultimately your fault”. And Will shakes his head no, not even using his own voice to speak anymore and Hannibal’s got him right where he wants him and can’t resist getting closer. He purposefully keeps using the words “we” and “us”, “what we are doing here is the right thing”, simultaneously verbally deepening their bond and implicating Will so far into his story it’s gonna be impossible to untangle the threads.
Will, Mr-no-eye-contact-please, accepted two breaches into his personal space in this episode. The hug with Alana was caring and honest, and he clearly needed this small human comfort so much (continuity from the kiss) that he nearly loses it. Hannibal touching his shoulder however, is wildly opposite, it’s an affirmation of power and control. He’s asserting his dominance, celebrating his victory. Thing is, from Hannibal’s point of view? That was also probably his version of a genuine act of care and love. TL;DR, basically, if Hannibal’s going down, he’s dragging Will Graham down with him.
omg jant *strokes ur perfect face*
Looks really good :D nice work!
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