Hannibal “Apertivo” opened with a meeting between Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) and Mason Verger (Joe Anderson), who both want to find Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

‘Hannibal’ Recap

After surviving a gunshot wound from Miriam Lass (Anna Chlumsky), Chilton wants revenge on Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), which leads him to his face-to-face with Mason. He thinks that Mason, who suffered deforming wounds from Lecter, wants a psychiatrist, but what he really wants is a profiler to help him catch Lecter. Before the two open up to one another, they expose their new faces to each other. Without his glass contact, dentures and face makeup, Chilton’s wounds are revealed. As for Mason, when he removes his mask, the gnarled lower half of his face, pieced together with skin grafts is exposed.

Dr. Chilton, back when Will (Hugh Dancy) was in the hospital, paid him a visit. He tells Will that he literally feels his pain and offers to be a friend, as Will stands to be a better ally that Mason. However, Will is resolutely against the idea of helping Chilton capture Hannibal to hold him captive in his hospital. Will’s loyalty continues to be ambiguous as he then envisions himself aiding Hannibal in killing Jack (Laurence Fishburne).

Flash-forward to after Will was released from the hospital, he gets a visit from Jack, who wonders why he hasn’t come to see him yet. Jack wants Will to reassure him that he’s going to stick to their story. He’s also curious as to why Will felt the need to call Hannibal. Will tries to explain that his complicated feelings towards Hannibal played a part in wanting him to escape, and there was also a part of him that wanted to join him.

As for Alana (Caroline Dhavernas), she had survived falling from Hannibal’s window and is enduring a rough recovery and the realization that her injuries, which included marrow seeping into her blood, will affect her thinking. Dr. Hilton hopes that she’ll help him convince Will to work with him to catch Lecter. In her wheelchair, Alana goes in search of Will and finds him at Hannibal’s home. Will becomes frustrated with her interrogation about Hannibal and asks her to leave.

Some time later, Alana, now walking only with the aid of a cane, goes to visit Mason in the hopes that he’ll hire her on as his new psychiatrist. Unmoved by Mason’s jarring appearance or his attempts at discomfiting her, she asks him whether or not he’s been trying to help the F.B.I. track down Hannibal. He tells her that he’s forgiven Lecter, but Alana encourages him to seek revenge.

In another flashback, Jack somehow survives getting stabbed by Hannibal. When he wakes up in a hospital bed beside Bella, she urges him not to follow her in death. When he recovers, he decides to leave behavioral sciences for homeland security. Chilton, who is apparently recruiting everyone to his cause, also tries to get Jack on board in seeking out Hannibal. Jack refuses his offer, and stays with his dying wife until her last breath.

Alana ends up assisting Jack with Bella’s funeral. At the service, Jack notices a bouquet with a card from Hannibal, who has sent his condolences. After also seeing Will at the funeral, Jack pays him a visit weeks later to find Alana, but no Will. Alana, who had talked to Mason about the likelihood of Hannibal setting up in Europe, informs Jack that Will knows what has to be done. Will, as it happens, is on his way to Europe.

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