This is… not any less creepy in daylight
I disagree that it was too late for Chilton: had he told Jack about the things he had found out about Hannibal inducing Will’s seizures and pointed out that he was costing himself his career, which everyone knows was more important to him than anything, Jack’s confidence in Hannibal, already teetering, would have been badly shaken. He questioned Chilton’s motivations because he felt Chilton was being avaricious and prideful, having correctly perceived those weaknesses in him all along. If Chilton had demonstrated that he was not motivated by his own weakness but by a true sense of fear, he probably could have gotten that FBI protection. Then if agents showed up dead at Chilton’s house, it would have looked entirely different.
The power of choice is an important theme in Hannibal: everyone who has failed when going up against Hannibal has done so as a consequence of the choices they have made. I see lots of discussion of how Hannibal removes agency from those around him, but in fact he doesn’t do this at all: he persuades them to give their agency over. They fall to temptation because they are weak.
This is what the devil does. He does not steal; he tempts, and people fall. Beverly fell through her arrogance, Gideon through a combination of arrogance and fear, Chilton through his vanity and avarice, and before them, Abigail fell through fear. This extends to those who have survived, but fallen victim to Hannibal or his charms as well: Miriam was ambitious; Jack, like Beverly, is arrogant in his belief in himself; Alana is self-righteous, very “ivory tower”; Bella is deceitful and even selfish. All of them had an opportunity to make a different choice.
What made Will different from all these people in season 1 was that his particular weakness was selflessness. He was driven to ignore his own physical and mental health by a compulsive desire to help others, but in the end, this weakness was actually a strength. Selflessness was what saved him from Hannibal. Murdering innocents for his own self-gratification was so far outside of his character that he never could have believed that he did those things, and this led him to the truth about Hannibal: the scales fell from his eyes, and though it came at the cost of his physical freedom, the truth set his mind free.
Even in the second season, Will’s failures have all been tempered by a kind of selflessness. He is now tempted by wrath, by the desire for vengeance, but when he has given into these things, it has not been for simply for his own gratification, but to avenge others.
It is a very fine line, and he is teetering on the edge of a knife. If he succeeds this season and has his victory over Hannibal, it will be because he is able to hold onto that selflessness. If he fails, it will be because he succumbs to his own weakness—his wrath, his lust for vengeance and for power. But whether he succeeds or fails, it will be a matter of choice.
i found this at a school i went to for a band related activity
How did you do in P.E. today ?
Three dimensional characters for the win.
"It feels better, right?" is the part that gets me, because it explains everything about Flash ever.
I love when cats decide they love something.
That is a very patient bunny.