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THE PERFORMER | Mads Mikkelsen
THE SHOW | NBC’s Hannibal
THE EPISODE | ”Savoureux”

THE PERFORMANCE | Just as Hugh Dancy earned POTW honors with his rendition of a man slowly becoming unraveled, Mikkelsen has regaled viewers with his portrayal of a calculating killer icily in control — until, in a rare, shocking moment of humanity, he wasn’t.

Having framed Will Graham for the death of Abigail Hobbs and almost brutally gaslighted the FBI consultant all along, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, sharing with his own psychotherapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (played by Gillian Anderson), is visibly moved by that which he has secretly accomplished. “Seems hard to find the words today,” he admits, as tears let slip from his deep-set eyes. Addressing his first loss, he says that despite the evidence, “I find myself search for ways Abigail could still be alive.” When De Maurier gently asks why this end of life affects him so, he reveals, “I never considered having a child. But after meeting Abigail, I understood the appeal,” to shape a life (though perhaps in not the most admirable of ways).

Lecter then “mourns” what has become of Will, his patient… and friend? “I was so confident in my ability to help him, to solve him,” he laments. And despite all that we have witnessed the not-so-good doctor do, at Will’s expense, the sense of loss seems genuine, if not coming from the healthiest of places.

Later, Mikkelsen resumes his depiction of the dark puppetmaster, cool and collected as he serves dinner to De Maurier (who worries that his “patterns” might become evident to those around him, conspicuously attached as he does become to violent, dangerous people) and then as he visits detained Will. There, the music, setting and dialogue stirringly mirrors what will one day be an infamous encounter between Lecter and one Clarice Starling (yet with the brilliant doctor one the other side of the barrier), creating an irony that is simply delicious.

Source: TV Line

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