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Season 3, Episode 1:

Antipasto

Hannibal escapes with Bedelia to Florence, Italy, where he takes on the identity of Medieval Italian scholar Dr. Fell and meets someone who knew the real Fell.


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  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: This episode's title of "Antipasto" is particularly appropriate, as it is largely set in Italy, and it is a starter in the sense it sets the scene before showing Will's pursuit of Hannibal.
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  • I'm a Humanitarian: Flashbacks depict how Hannibal fed Gideon to himself.
  • Mythology Gag: Hannibal's lecture on Biblical artwork is lifted directly from the Hannibal novel.
    • The conversation that led to Hannibal agreeing to give that lecture is lifted straight from the novel as well. The same dialog also featured in the movie and one of the few lengthy exchanges delivered by both Mikkelsen and Hopkins.
    • Hannibal and Bedelia's conversation about the death of Dr. Fell is adapted from one of Hannibal's internal monologues in the novel.
  • Neck Snap: How Hannibal ultimately kills Dimmond, after bludgeoning him with a paperweight and letting him drag himself toward the doorway out.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Bedelia experiences a particularly vivid nightmare of drowning while taking a bath.
  • Shout-Out: The motorcycle and bath sequences are both very reminiscent of similar scenes in Under the Skin.
  • Time Skip: Roughly a year has passed since the Season 2 finale.
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  • Toplessness from the Back: Bedelia while she's undressing for her bath.
  • Villain Episode: The episode consists entirely of Hannibal and Bedelia's goings on since the Season 2 finale, and flashbacks related to that.
  • What Is Evil?: Discussed Trope.
    Hannibal: Morality does not exist. Only morale.


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