“I didn’t poison you Tobias. I wouldn’t do that to the food.”
Hannibal delves into the Dexter wheelhouse this week, pairing Dr Lecter with his mirror: another cultured murderer named Tobias, who uses his victims to create music rather than fine cuisine. On Dexter the two would spend a season becoming friends, then rivals, before one kills the other. But this is Hannibal, so Tobias is lifeless on the floor of Hannibal’s office by episode’s end, head caved in by the same stag statue that lurks through Will’s dreams.
If the episode had a failing, it was the obviousness of Tobias’s fate – it’s the first time the show has been anything approaching predictable. And its foray into a romantic subplot felt perfunctory (this is not a lovey-dovey show, whatever South Korea thinks), though I enjoyed Will’s descent into full-blown hallucinations, and the possibility that Alana wasn’t even there.
But predictability isn’t a sin when the execution is so masterful, whether it was the normal deep thrum of the soundtrack being consumed by ominous, resonant strings, or a shrill buzz after Will is deafened; or the tense repartee between Hannibal and Tobias that became a consummately executed fight, elegant and brutal.