Is Hannibal's obsession with Will also an attempt to more fully understand himself?
Fuller: Hannibal's absolutely on a journey of self-exploration, and he's fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that's come over him. It's sort of like somebody who is falling in love for the first time and had never felt that was actually a possibility for them. That's a fresh, unexplored territory for Hannibal that is exciting to him and interesting to him. Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham.
The Season 2 Premiere could be called Ho Yay: The Episode, for all of its slashy moments. First there was the scene where Hannibal visits Will in jail, and this statement, which out of context seems straight out of a romance novel, happens:
Will (to Hannibal): I can't get you of my head
Then there's the fact that Hannibal and Will never seem to shut up about each other, both Frederick and Dr. Maurier lampshade this. But the slashiest scene out of them all had to the one where Will remembers how exactly did Hannibal get in him. He shoved a long metal tube down him, which er, symbolized something to a great deal of fans and the choking noises Will was making, dear god...a common statement in the fandom already is that they "didn't even need photoshop!" (seriously, listen to that scene without watching what's happening). Also after Hannibal removes the tube out Will, he caresses his face a great deal.
In "Hassun", Hannibal, essentially, murders someone in an attempt to make it look like the killer is still out there, which means Will is not guilty of the murders he's on trial for. He urges Will to use that at his trial, and when Will is reluctant, Hannibal says "This killer wrote you a poem. Are you going to let his love go to waste?"
On the Foe Yay front, there’s Tobias Budge, who seemed to be attracted to both Hannibal the murderer and Hannibal the man. Tobias serenades Hannibal and flirts with him; Hannibal reciprocates at first, but ends whatever game he was playing with Tobias at their dinner date.
The prelude to Tobias’ serenade is Christian Petzold’s “Minuet in G Major”, played by Tobias’ student. This Petzold piece was adapted by The Toys in the sixties by the name of “A Lover’s Concerto” with added lyrics:
“How gentle is the rain
That falls softly on the meadow?
Birds, high up in the trees,
Serenade the clouds with their melodies.
Oh, see, there beyond the hill,
The bright colours of the rainbow.
Some magic from above
Made this day for us just to fall in love [...]”
Following the musical cues, at their dinner, the background music is Mendelssohn’s “Intermezzo OP. 61 No. 2” for Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. A song described by the composer as the music for “one’s desperate search for a bewitched lover”.
Tobias Budge and Franklyn Froideveaux:
It’s not hard to read Tobias as Franklyn’s jealous boyfriend in “Sorbet”. He stares at Hannibal with a sour expression and comments on Franklyn’s “wandering eyes”, complaining of either Franklyn not paying attention to the concert or Franklyn not paying attention to him.
Their homoerotic subtext is lampshaded by Hannibal in the same episode, in which Hannibal directly asks Franklyn if he’s attracted to Tobias.