Sunday, May 19, 2013


Hannibal Annotations – Potage


A Note on the Episode Title

Time Index


Abigail Hunting

Bryan Fuller noted on Twitter that the hunting scenes at the start of this episode were inspired by David Slade’s wonderful photography.


Freddie: “Let me help you.”

From Red Dragon, Chapter 16
Freddy: “Let me help you, Jack. I can, believe me.”


Freddie: “A man named Will Graham ... works for the FBI, but isn't FBI. He catches insane men because he can think like them ... because he is insane.”

From Red Dragon, Chapter 7
From a car across the street, his long lens propped on the window sill, Freddy Lounds got a nice profile shot of Graham in the doorway and the words in stone above him: "Chesapeake State Hospital for the Criminally Insane."
As it turned out, The National Tattler cropped the picture to just Graham's face and the last two words in the stone.


Abigail: “So killing somebody, even if you have to do it, it feels that bad?”
Will: “It’s the ugliest thing in the world.”

From Red Dragon, Chapter 15
Willy: “Killing somebody, even if you have to do it, it feels that bad?”
Will: “Willy, it’s one of the ugliest things in the world.”



Bryan Fuller tweeted a test image of Abigail’s vandalized home with Carrie and The Shining references:


Abigail: “I was sort of expecting a body outline in chalk or tape.”
Will: “They only do that if you're still alive and taken to the hospital before they finish the crime scene.”

Chalk outlines are rarely used in reality, although they are so common in literature and television drama that they have become a trope. They may have occasionally been used in the 1930s and 1940s to allow the press to take pictures of crime scenes without having to show the body, but in modern times they couldn’t be used since they would contaminate forensic evidence.


Abigail: “So you pretended to be my dad.”
Will: “And people like your dad.”
Abigail: “What did it feel like? To be him?”
Will: “It feels… like… I’m talking to his shadow suspended on dust.”

From Red Dragon, Chapter 24
“Graham filled his glass again and sat at the table by the windo, staring at the empty chair across from him. He stared until the space in the opposite chair assumed a man-shape filled with dark and swarming motes, a present like a shadow on suspended dust. He tried to make the image coalesce, to see a face. It would not move, had no countenance but, faceless, faced him with palpable attention.”


Hannibal covers up the stone in leaves

Hannibal takes Nicholas Boyle’s blood off this stone and later places it in Marissa Schurr’s mouth, thus framing Nicholas for her murder. He may have done this in hopes to convince Abigail that Nicholas was the copycat killer, so that if Nicholas ever approached her, she would kill him.


Hannibal: “I can help you. If you ask me to.”

A later reference in Season 3 Episode 1 Antipasto, when a flashback reveals similar circumstances between Hannibal and his psychiatrist in a flashback sequence.


Hannibal: “I’ll keep your secret.”
Abigail: “And I’ll keep yours.

Is this Hannibal setting Abigail up to later attempt to brainwash her into thinking that she is Mischa?

All Annotations of "Potage" written by Damian Gordon, with the exception of the RED ANNOTATIONS which are contributed by Joshwa Walton.

Revised by Joshwa Walton 2015.

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