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How exactly did we go from Hannibal’s spiritual mindset in regards to the existence of God to Hannibal not having character development because of that is beyond myself. The two of them aren’t mutually exclusive. Also, Hannibal’s talk of God is something taken out of Harris’ world, so I don’t think it has much to do with with Mads’ interpratation. I mentioned Mads only in regards to how he’s playing the character.
“Mischa, we take comfort in knowing there is no God. That you are not enslaved in Heaven, made to kiss God’s ass forever. What you have is better than Paradise. You have blessed oblivion. I miss you every day.”
Thomas Harris, Hannibal Rising
“Since this partial answer to his prayer, Hannibal Lecter had not been bothered by any considerations of a deity, other then to recognize how his own modest predations paled beside those of God, who is in irony matchless, and in wanton malice beyond measure.”
Thomas Harris, Hannibal
James Grey: “There is no God.”
Hannibal: “Certainly not with that attitude. God gave us purpose. Not only to create art but to become it.”
Being someone with a totally different pov than Hannibal’s about God, I find it really interesting to hear him talk about it while I understand that’s not the case for others.
Hi anon. Personally, I like Hannibal’s “God talk” more than most things in season 2. Sure it was repetitive, but it’s one of the few things that we have to work with Hannibal’s character. It gives an insight to his mind, and adding to Mads saying he plays Hannibal as a fallen angel it’s very interesting to me how Hannibal sees the existence of God.
Now, we clearly talk about a bunch of highly intelligent and well educated individuals but I sometimes feel that the discussions are made more to stroke the writers’ egos rather than present real dialogue between their characters or for the audience’s sake. This was my reaction the first time we saw Mason Verger. It’s not Hannibal’s one liners, it’s Hannibal, Bedelia and Will and sometimes Jack is dragged into the same kind of dialogue as well. But I absolutely love their vocabulary.
winneeflpooh said: Maybe anon wanted WILL to fight back? Like that brave Will in the movie?
What we want and what we get are two totally different things. :)
There’s an icy charm to Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen that marks him out on screen. Playing the eponymous anti-hero of NBC drama Hannibal or cold-hearted killer Le Chiffre in the Bond film Casino Royale, he’s all hauteur and high cheekbones, with a dash of psychopath for good measure. So far, so thrilling, but there’s more to the classically trained actor than that. His portrayal of Hannibal Lecter is laced with dark humour; his role as a man falsely accused of child abuse in The Hunt is heartbreaking; he is touching in the drama After the Wedding. Off screen, he’s a family man (he’s married with two children), although he’s likely to talk shop with his brother Lars Mikkelsen, also an acclaimed actor – the brothers have both been knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Mikkelsen is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity Refugees United. His guilty pleasure? Riding his 1937 Danish Nimbus motorbike (‘I love the freedom and it doesn’t go quite as fast as a modern bike, which pleases my wife,’ he says. Cool, talented, charming… Mads Mikkelsen has all the qualities to join our Style Set.
I disagree with you.
Literally speaking, the grossest things in season 2 were a. Hannibal’s cooking (big difference with season 1 which made me hungry) and b. Mason peeling off his face and feeding Will’s dogs. Metaphorically speaking, the grossest thing in season 2 was Margot’s “improved” plot.
What you describe was plain and simple shippers’ indulging. I found it quite lyrical and I don’t ship them…. The gross thing (metaphorically speaking again) was Abigail’s treatment in comparison to Hannibal’s hug before he cut off her ear in season 1.
As for Will’s reaction, I’m sure there are many pages of deep analyses written by Will’s fans somewhere in tumblr. You should go check them out.
Thomas Harris Miami, January 2000
Red Dragon, Foreword to a Fatal Interview