Forget the evisceration, the ‘Colombian necktie’, the blood packs, the fucking Christmas tree of organs…this is probably one of the better horror scenes we’ve seen on the show. And I think it’ll stand out as one of the better horror moments in genre television from our era. We were pulled through this quick-paced violence and gore last night, but then Hannibal asked Will to smile and this happened. Everything paused and came together in this quietly ghastly exchange. This is where the show’s true heart exists, in moments like this.
So, season two has ended and fans are left to comfort each other and pick up the pieces in the wake of one of the most brutal, shocking and satisfying finales ever. Last year, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal threatened to become something pretty excellent, but chilling moments and great characterisation were bogged down by an ill-advised case-of-the-week structure. This year things changed and what we got instead was a twisting, turning, disturbing and utterly thrilling narrative about madness, love, connection and the very human capacity for evil. We said farewell to some characters and welcomed others (take a bow, Mason Verger) but they all seemed incidental to the central dance-of-death, as Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham’s twisted love story flew to dizzying new heights and horrifying lows.
Coronal and ventral x-rays of the hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran.
The distinguishing feature of this animal is, of course, the highly unusual skull shape. You may once have wondered what exactly this seemingly clumsy structure contributes to this fearsome predator, and biologists still do. However, a number of theories exist to explain this unique adaptation; here are some of the best:
- All the better to see you with: mounting the eyes at either end of the broad skull allows excellent vision in all areas of the vertical plane. Hammerhead sharks, as hunters of bottom-dwelling animals, can use this superior angle of vision to better locate prey.
- Another pair of fins. The head has evolved into the shape of an effective hydrofoil. It is thought that this may provide greater stability to the shark when making sharp turns and hunting.
- Heartbeat sensor. Like many sharks, the hammerhead possesses specialised electrosensory organs called the ampullae of Lorenzini. With these, it can detect the magnetic activity of the Earth and find its heading by means of biological compass. Much more impressively, the hammerhead can detect the minuscule electrical activity emitted by the muscle contractions of its prey, allowing location even when hidden from sight. Almost like a skull-mounted metal detector, the shark may sweep the seabed. All it takes is a heartbeat to give the game away.
Photo credit to Dan Anderson.
#pssst#will willllll#do you want to be heterosexual murder bros with me?#it’ll involve a lot of staring into each other’s eyes#and discussing allegories for our relationship using heroic figures from greek literature#we’ll be constantly illuminated by firelight#and we’ll suggestively eat small roasted songbirds#and sometimes i’ll stroke your face#cmon it will be fun
What was it like filming the Crucifix and the swimming pool scene in Hannibal?
In which Mads’ dark humor comes out in full swing