ATTENTION HANNIBAL FANDOM
WHILE HAVING A TALK WITH MY MOM OVER DINNER I REALIZED
MIRIAM. IS. THE. BEER. THE BEER HANNIBAL SERVED TO DR. BLOOM.
SHE’S THE PEOPLE IN THE BEER.
HOW ELSE WOULD HER BODY/ARM BE PRESERVED LIKE THAT AFTER TWO YEARS. FERMENTING.
THE BEER IS TWO YEARS OLD
SHE WENT MISSING TWO YEARS AGO
Well, originally the [Bedelia du Maurier] role was written for a much older woman. It was the character of Hannibal’s psychiatrist, so the idea was that she was going to be retired and he kept her working and then I thought, oh wouldn’t it be cool to hire Angela Lansbury and have Jessica Fletcher sitting there. …and you know, that didn’t work out with Angela Lansbury’s schedule and then I went to NBC and said, ‘Is there anybody that you guys are excited about?’, and they were like, ‘If you go younger, what about Gillian Anderson?’, and I was like, ‘Let’s go younger!’
That opened up this whole door where the character isn’t retired because she’s of retirement age, but because something traumatic happened during her practice, and then it opened up this whole story between her and Hannibal Lecter and how much she knows about him and what is the nature of their relationship… We kind of build to a great place by the end of the series when we’re wondering how much does she know? How much has she figured out? How much is she in danger? You have this icy, sexy woman across from this icy sexy man and there’s a vibration that happens between them that is really rich and exciting to watch.
“There’s never been an episode of Southland as breathlessly terrifying as “Chaos,”” writes Kevin McFarland for the AV Club review. And he continues later with, “that is the saddest, most grotesque rug-pull of a scene scene Southland has ever achieved.”
And he later ends with “but in any case it’s an exceedingly sad and visceral episode of television. This season has been John Cooper’s story, and after the personal high of reconnecting with his ex-wife and planning to raise a child, Southland dug deep for a cavernous low point, illustrating once again how the good and bad go hand in hand for the LAPD.”
Those are the pull quotes, but let me tell you: last night Southland hit it out of the park. In a season of home runs and great hits, (hell, in a series of them), last night’s episode remains a harrowing, haunting, can’t-look-away-yet-can’t-watch, astonishing episode of television.
You are doing yourself a strong disservice if you are not watching this show.