Hannibal is a lean show, almost utterly devoid of connective tissue (well, unless you count the flayed bodies on display). This leanness worked in its benefit in its first season finale, particularly as Will Graham staggers around Dr Lecter’s office, trying to puzzle out if he could actually be responsible for the copycat murders. It’s interesting to ponder a mirror universe where this show exists without the context of the books, and if you could convince an audience – through all those gaps in the show’s narrative skeleton – that Will might actually be responsible for these murders, that he might really have delved too far into murderers’ minds.
“Savoureux” was ultimately a spectacular end to a too-brief season. Although Alana’s tears needed more character development to be meaningful, that final scene – where Will and Hannibal stare at each other through the bars of the Baltimore mental hospital, except on different sides than you’d expect – or the aforementioned scene in Lecter’s office were each exquisite, a perfect culmination of an excellent season. Fittingly, the episode was swathed in deep, smothering darkness after the hints of light last week; it was a dark way to end, with the titular doctor’s complete, terrible victory.