Overall, It was a fascinating episode and it’s kind both fascinating and not sure if want that the Vergers have appeared. It’s interesting to see Hannibal’s plan with Will come to fruition. A butterfly analogy is very apt here because Hannibal could not have known what Will would transform into. However, I think that it’s important to keep in mind that Hannibal is a psychopath who mimics empathy. The pleasure he shows towards Will at the end of the episode is indicative of the joy of seeing his plan come to fruition. He’s transforming Will. Hannibal is trying to create what Clarice Starling will one day become in Will. I think that’s also why we see the starling and the sheep (it seemed kind of big for a lamb) in this episode. Hannibal is trying to create Clarice in Will because Hannibal doesn’t know that someone like Clarice exists out there in the world. Hannibal is looking for an equal, for someone to share things with. He can’t share these things with Alana because she’s too strong in will and personality. Will has become malleable. However, Hannibal doesn’t care about any of these characters as you or I might care about someone we love or someone we have a sexual relationship with. Hannibal finds interest in Will, Alana, and Clarice. He finds things he needs in all of them. There’s even a thread of obsession in how Hannibal interacts with Will in this show and how he acts with Clarice in the novels. That’s also what makes all of these relationships interesting, because they’re all more about Hannibal’s benefit than Hannibal’s emotions. Also, I like that we don’t quite know what’s up with Chilton and Miriam yet. That might mean an independent something or other is looking into it, which would be nice to see on TV for once.
Beware of spoilers. Please keep in mind while reading the reaction post, I write it as I watch, so if something seems amiss, I was making assumptions that got answered later.