‘Hannibal’ Season 3, Episode 4 ‘Aperitivo’ Recap: Touring Lecter’s Victims

The gang returns in the latest episode of Hannibal.

Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed ages ago that Season 3, Episode 4 (“Aperitivo”) — tonight’s episode — would reveal the fates of Hannibal’s (Mads Mikkelsen) remaining victims, and it didn’t disappoint.

First up is Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza). The opening moments are dedicated to giving viewers a close-up at the damage brainwashed Miriam’s bullet caused (and to silencing the naysayers who think there’s no way Chilton would have survived). We also learn how he’s kept himself looking so like his former self: a removable plate, a contact lens to hide his blinded eye, and a touch of make-up to hide the scar on his cheek.

“Forgiveness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I don’t need religion to appreciate the idea of Old Testament revenge.” – Alana Bloom, Season 3 of Hannibal

Chilton spends most of the episode trying to suss out an ally in his quest for revenge, starting with Mason Verger (Joe Anderson) — who’s not interested. Undeterred, he moves on to Will (Hugh Dancy) — who’s also not interested (and busy wishing Chilton was Abigail [Kacey Rohl] instead).

Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) is up next, and while she doesn’t seem super keen on working with Chilton— understandably, considering the first thing he did after getting shot was copyright “Hannibal the Cannibal” — a brief talk with Will has her angling for a Hannibal behind bars (or shatterproof glass).

I get the feeling it wasn’t her idea to end up at the Vergers’ (where she meets future make-out buddy Margot [Katharine Isabelle]). Alana did say she was told that she would find herself “thinking differently,” but something about her new, predatory attitude rings false. Dhavernas previously confirmed that Alana is using Mason to find Hannibal and “if possible, grab him before Mason gets to him and destroys him,” but is it possible that she’s there at the behest of Chilton? If so, it appears Mason is buying it.

“You’re preparing the theater of Hannibal’s death,” Alana says to Mason. “I’m just doing my part to get him to the stage.”

Honestly, even if Alana was sincere about wanting Hannibal dead, we couldn’t blame her. Her post-fall recovery included lying motionless as her body slowly healed; wheelchair-bound; and finally, unable to walk without a cane.

The episode also gave an unsettling look at Mason’s facial reconstruction, which might have been even grosser than when he was feeding himself to Will’s dogs.

While the first part of the episode focuses mostly on Chilton’s tour of his fellow victims, the second part revolves around Jack coping with Bella’s deteriorating health and ultimate passing. (Who else started bawling during this scene? Watching the quick jumps between the now and then was just devastating.)

Now that Bella is gone, the time has come for Jack to start the hunt for Hannibal, who’s sent his condolences in the form of flowers and a note — the ultimate insult. Jack had managed to keep Hannibal out of his life since the attack, and having the cannibal pop up while he’s trying to say goodbye to his wife.

“You don’t have to die on me too,” Jack tells Will, handing him Hannibal’s note.

Back at the Verger mansion, Mason asks new aid, Cordell (Glenn Fleshler), if he can start making arrangements to have Hannibal eaten alive.

“How would you like him prepared?” Cordell asks, without missing a beat. These two were clearly made for each other.

One of my favorite scenes in this episode is one in which Hannibal, Jack, and Will sit down to dinner, as the old friends they once were — except for the part where Will holds Jack down so Hannibal can cut his throat. Is this a fantasy? An omen? It’s certainly not real, but it’s hard to tell if it’s someone’s fear… or hope.

The most pivotal scene, meanwhile, had to be the flashback of Jack going to see Will for the first time following the attack. Jack confronts Will about warning Hannibal, and Will admits that he didn’t decide to warn Hannibal until he heard his voice on the phone, and Jack asks why he did it.

“Because he was my friend,” Will says. “And because I wanted to run away with him.”

So now the question is: Does Will still want to run away with Hannibal?

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