Can we please talk about how Hannibals fingers clench the back of Wills head with such a force that not only shows the deep emotional bond that Hannibal thought they had, but proves the love and passion Hannibal had for this man and who clearly meant the world to him,
but Will was obviouly too frightened to return the same feelings and in the end got stabbed as a brutal reminder to never toy with Hannibals emotions.
A deep emotional bond, love and passion, yes. But it also shows Hannibal’s limitations, not Will’s.
Will is, ultimately, a good man. He’s done some awful things, he’s broken, but he’s an inherently good man. Hannibal did everything (in)humanly possible to remake Will in his own image, to nurture within Will a radiant killer. His equal. Hannibal took everything he could from Will in order to foster Will’s reliance on him and him alone. He wanted Will’s love and passion on very specific terms.
Will, though, transcended that. This good man loved Hannibal regardless. Hannibal murdered Abigail. Hannibal engineered the death of Will’s unborn child. Framed Will and, worse, made him doubt both his own innocence and his own sanity. Yet Will not only couldn’t kill Hannibal, when it came to it, he warned Hannibal so he could get away.
And…With Alana laying dying in the rain. With Jack laying dying in the pantry. With Hannibal’s knife in his gut, Will loved him still. He never lifted a finger to defend himself and he never broke eye contact.
Will didn’t fail Hannibal.
Everything Hannibal wanted was there for the taking, if only Hannibal had had the comprehension of love that would have enabled him to see it. Will didn’t have to be like him in order to love him. Will loved him anyway.
Sooner or later, Hannibal is going to realise that he could have had it all, that everything Will did came from a place of love. And that he, literally, cut Will free of him in that kitchen. Hannibal wasn’t able to transcend his own nature, wasn’t capable of loving Will as Will loved him. I hope regret and remorse gut Hannibal Lecter in his turn.