NBC’s hit show Hannibal returns tonight with an all new Thursday June 4 season 3 premiere episode called “Antipasto,” we’ve got your recap down below! On tonight’s episode, season 3 opens with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) moving through the European landscape with Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) after eluding FBI capture. Hannibal assumes a new identity in Florence, Italy, working at a museum.
On the last episode Hannibal prepared for his imminent departure with, he believed, Will. Will prepared for a departure of another sort, tying up loose ends, not sure if he’ll survive the trap he was set for Hannibal. Both men feel that Jack (Laurence Fishburne) deserved the truth, but what was that truth? Loyalties were tested and forgiveness was asked… and the inevitable battle between Hannibal and Jack was upon them. Also starring Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, Lara Jane Chorostecki, Vladamir Jon Cubrt, and Kacey Rohl. Did you watch last week’s episode? If you missed it we have a full and detailed recap, right here for you.
On tonight’s episode per say the NBC synopsis “having successfully escaped FBI capture, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving through the European landscape, with Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in tow. But Dr. Lecter’s old habits and opulent tastes are still on display as he settles into a new identity and life in Florence, Italy, working at the Palazzo Capponi museum. Glimpses into the past help inform his relationship with Bedelia, a pairing not clearly defined as friend or foe.”
Tonight’s season 3 premiere looks like it is going to be amazing, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of NBC’s new series at 10:00 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about this new series so far.
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#Hannibal rides on a motorcycle weaving among traffic. He’s in Paris. He pulls up outside a building, pulls off his helmet and goes inside a fancy party. A guy approaches Hannibal and says he was Roman’s TA at Cambridge and says he was insufferable. He says Roman’s books are terrible too. He says Roman keeps churning out horrible books. They talk about dissecting works and he says sometimes only dissection will do. A sword uncaps champagne.
He waits outside later and greets Roman. He puts on his motorcycle helmet and follows Roman’s car as it leaves. Roman is disturbed to see Hannibal waiting at his house. Later, Hannibal pours some red wine and puts on some opera. He’s cooking what looks like liver. A woman comes into the flat and smiles. She sees Hannibal sitting at the table eating.
He greets her with a bonsoir. She looks shocked. We see a flash back to Dr Gideon telling Hannibal that he’s the devil. Hannibal says the devil has been a yoke on humanity for eons and he for much less. Gideon asks about the seasonings that he used to cook his flesh. Hannibal says everyone has their flavor. Hannibal says it’s only cannibalism if they’re equals but Gideon says eating him makes it cannibalism.
Gideon says he should still have the fight or flight sensation. Gideon says this all feels posthumous. Hannibal says he’s not dead yet and has to eat but Gideon says there’s nothing he has to do. Now, we see people dancing at a fete. Hannibal twirls Bedelia around among the other dancers. He dips her at the end and says it was perfect. He offers her champagne then some others show up to congratulate Dr Fell and his lovely wife (aka Hannibal and Bedelia) on the new appointment at the museum.
One skeptic asks if Hannibal would know if he held a note from Dante in his hand. Bedelia asks him to dance to stop the tension but then Hannibal speaks in flawless Italian and quotes Dante’s first sonnet. The man says to let Hannibal lecture to prove himself and Hannibal says he’s happy to sing for his supper then offers a tight smile while the other intellectual snobs applaud him.
Later, Hannibal tells Bedlie they are among wonders of ancient Florence. He says he has killed hardly anyone during their stay. She reminds him he removed a curator at the museum to make way for himself. She says he has aesthetical concerns, not ethical ones. She says he seems more interested in making appearances then keeping them. She asks for her help with her dress and he unzips her.
She goes to run a bath. She asks if he’s given thought to eating Sogliato. He says it won’t keep the peace and she says he has no morality. Hannibal says there is no morality in the world. She says she feels she’s in control of her actions and given his history, it’s a good day. She slides off her dress. He walks away. She soaks in the tub. Her eyes open and she watches a drop from the faucet.
It seems eternally slow. She sinks beneath the water. She seems to drop endlessly, releasing bubbles then sits up with a gasp out of the water. Still alive! Flashback to Bedelia telling Jack Crawford that Hannibal is in control and if he thinks he’s close to catching him, he’s fooling himself. We see Bedelia looking for booze. She pours a large helping.
She hears water. Hannibal was washing blood off of himself. He dries off and hears a gun cocking. She holds a gun on him and he asks if he can get dressed. She asks what he’s done and he says he took off his person suit. She asks how it feels being really seen. He says she ended their doctor patient relationship and she says she lacked the skills to continue his therapy.
Hannibal says he never found her lacking. She says she didn’t provide him a suitable substitute. She asks if Will is still alive. He says Will was not a suitable substitute for therapy and she asks what he was. He asks if it’s professional curiosity and she says almost entirely. He asks if she trusts him and she says not entirely. He asks if she’s considered what he might think of her motivations.
He says human motivation can be little more than greed. She says greed and blind optimism. He says her optimism won’t kill him. She lays the gun down on the bed and takes a sip of her drink. She smiles a little smile. Now, in Venice, she walks in the streets and goes to a shop. It’s an upscale food shop. She orders some items and wine. She takes her items and goes.
Hannibal studies some anatomical diagrams at the museum. He comes downstairs later and leaves. The bells are tolling. It’s the guy from the party in Paris. He says he never forgets a face and Hannibal says his name is Antony. He asks if Hannibal is working with Roman. He says he just missed Roman and Antony says he was hoping to chat with him. Hannibal says he and his wife would love to have him for dinner if he’s free.
Flashback to Gideon watching Hannibal tending to his snail garden. He says he’s kept cochleal gardens since he was a young man. Hannibal talks about how foods affect the flavor of the meat. Gideon asks when he’s not eating himself must he eat oysters and acorns so he can taste better and Hannibal says he is tasty. Gideon says since Hannibal ate him, imagine what he must taste like.
Gideon says it won’t be long before someone takes a bite out of him and Hannibal says dying hasn’t dimmed Gideon a bit. Gideon says the snails have no idea they’re going to be eaten but they do. Now, Hannibal is preparing oysters. Bedelia tries one. Antony is there as well. She asks him how well he knows Roman and he says not well. Antony gossips about people.
Antony says Roman is annoying and talks about how Roman liked to provoke fear. Hannibal asks if Antony is traveling alone and he says he is. Hannibal invites him to come hear Roman speak on Friday. Antony asks Bedelia if she’s avoiding meat. She says she’s trying to avoid anything with a central nervous systems.
Antony notes he’s being served oysters, acorns and snails and says that’s what the Romans used to make meat taste better. Bedelia says her husband is very particular how she tastes. Antony asks if it’s that kind of party. Hannibal says it’s not and Bedelia says it really isn’t. Antony says it’s a shame and they’re both suddenly so fascinating.
He leaves and Bedelia asks Hannibal why he let him go. He asks what she’d have him do. She’s off kilter. Bedelia walks to the gourmet shop again. She orders the wine then sees a hare hanging and a drop of blood drip from its mouth. She takes her wine and goes looking stressed out. She sits on a bench at the train station. Security cameras watch her. She looks at the security camera deliberately.
Before, Bedelia lies gasping and looks at a body near her. She sits up and sees blood on her hands. She pulls something out of the man’s mouth and then collapses. Hannibal is there and she says he attacked her. He asks if it’s her blood and she says no. He kneels by her and asks if she was defending herself but she sys she was reckless. He says it wasn’t reckless violence, it was a controlled use of force.
Bedelia says she knows what happened and he asks if she does. She says he was Hannibal’s patient before he was hers. Hannibal says she was not defending herself and he died under her care. She washes the blood from her hands. He says he can help her tell the version of events she wants told. He cleans blood from her face and says he can help if she will ask him too.
She asks if he’ll help her. He continues to wipe the blood from her face. Now, Hannibal lectures at the museum on Dante’s hell. He lectures on Lucifer and he stands in the shadow of the screen in a way that makes him look like the devil. He talks about themes of betrayal and hanging as punishment. Hannibal shows an early inscription of the crucifixion and Judas hanging and disemboweled.
He talks about betrayal, hanging and self-destruction. He welcomes Antony. Bedelia runs out of the lecture hall as Hannibal gets thunderous applause. Sogliato approaches and Hannibal asks if he’s earned his position. Sogliato says it was passable and then Antony says he was Fell’s (aka Hannibal’s) TA at Cambridge. He lies to the man. The other walks away and Antony smiles at him warmly. They walk through the hall of torture instruments.
Antony says he’s interested in Fell’s wickedness and says he has no delusions about morality and wonders what fate befell Dr Fell to see him there in his place. Hannibal says he may have to strap him to the wheel to break him. Antony says he must have found Roman as distasteful as he did and Hannibal says – on the contrary.
Hannibal asks if he’s there to twist him but Antony says he’s there to help him untwist to their mutual benefit. Bedelia is ready to walk out when the door opens. It’s Hannibal and Antony. He closes the door and she’s stuck with no way out. We see Hannibal hit Antony in the head with a small bust and knocks him to the floor. Hannibal asks Bedelia if she’s observing this or participating.
She says she’s observing but Hannibal says this is participation since she knew what he would do. He asks her to answer honestly. She says she was curious what would happen. He asks if she was curious what Antony would do and what he would do in response. He asks if she considered their thoughts and actions and asks if this is what she expected. She says yes and he says that’s participation.
Antony is struggling and grasping when Hannibal walks over and snaps his neck. Bedelia gasps. He asks what has she gotten herself into. He asks if he should hang up her coat. She’s in shock. He helps her pull her coat off. Hannibal is on a train. He thinks about oysters and cooking. He served Gideon the oysters then sat to eat as well. We see Gideon now has neither leg.
Gideon taps his silverware on the plate and Hannibal asks if he’d rather extend him the same courtesy as the snails in not knowing they’re being eaten. Gideon says he knows he wants company while he’s eating but wishes it was Will Graham there. Gideon drops his utensil and then says he’s fascinated to know how Hannibal will feel when all this happens to him.
Hannibal looks out the window thinking about life. He looks at a sketch of the Vetruvian man. He folds it into a little shape. We see Antony’s bloody, skinless torso on display in the lecture hall.
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