If you bring up something of sensitivity to Erik, i.e. good memories with his parents, his lack of a formal education, the fact that he’s a father, he will immediately assume you’re going to use it against him, and he’ll bite before he knows why.
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Let me just word vomit about what is so great about this scene. Hannibal Lecter is, above all else, a narcissist. Everything he believes can be traced back to the belief in his own superiority, and he gets a raging metaphorical boner for his ego being stroked. ie when his plans go perfectly, when he makes cannibal jokes that no one understands but him, and when he watches will prove his theories right. He finds pleasure primarily in his own superiority.
But there’s something really different about this one scene. It is an awkward balance between wills superiority and his own. He believes (even though Will is arguably playing him like a fiddle) that this was all his doing, that he pulled the right strings and brought out in Will what he saw as his true nature. The devil making demons in his own image. Yet he tells Will, essentially, that Will is beyond him. That Will surprises him, that will surpasses his intellect. This is the second time that Hannibal has put Will in a position of power (the first being when he asked if he needed to call his lawyer, rather than saying he should or he will call his lawyer).
This isn’t to say that Hannibal isn’t being a fucking narcissist. He’s being entirely in character, in the only way I can describe it as a Narcissist in love. He has admitted fallibility, which is INCREDIBLE, but only in so much that Will surpasses him as he himself surpasses everyone else and is therefor his soulmate. He’s so proud, not just of Will but of himself, for having what he deems as a soulmate someone who fine a specimen of what he deems a worthwhile human being.
I just find the various levels of Hannibal’s crazy really interesting, okay?
hover quote: “I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.”
Hannibal’s face tho.. :(
When I saw this scene I was reminded of Fuller’s quote about this season being the "Nasty Breakup" of the two characters.
While this situation is a set of extremes that can’t easily equate to actual relational problems it is a strong parallel to the situation of trying to mend a broken connection while one partner still feels both betrayed and untrusting of another.
That element of attempted reconciliation that’s halted through one’s inability to forgive and using blame and guilt to compensate for the fact that the relationship can never be what it once was is driven home with Hannibal’s expression.
He shows melancholy, maybe fear? Not because he feels guilt or regret but because what he wants, his partner, is slipping away from him. And even while he realizes this his grip still tightens and desperately wants to pull back.
They both want that connection again - Will wants what it was - Hannibal wants it evolved with the acceptance of the sins he’s committed. Both are using this dangerous and unhealthy image of “not being alone” as a catalyst to continue on in their engagement which just masks the true problems of them being together and will leave them both more wounded then before,
All of it a STRONG parallel to a "Nasty Breakup"
1x04 - Oeuf/2x08 - Su-zakana