As I sat and watched the credits roll on True Detective, I thought to myself “is this how I want True Detective to end? Am I satisfied with this?” I thought of how it could have ended, the unspeakable horrors Nick P could have thrust upon my eyes in the nature of past episodes. However, (without…
All of Hannibal’s second episode was basically white noise around the single handed awesomeness that was Bedelia Du Maurier. Played impeccably by Gillian Anderson, it was the perfect blend of apprehension with that flawlessly unperturbed exterior that is such a signature characteristic of her persona.
Despite the intrinsic web of manipulations that Hannibal has so cleverly trapped her in, she manages to break herself free of his power. Its not as if she hasn’t known or suspected at the least that he is not all that he seems. But her situation makes it difficult for her to confront him directly about it. This is a woman who shares a past with him, one that has dramatically altered her life and one that continues to force her to allow Hannibal access to her. This is a fact that Bedelia very obviously resents and has resented for long. She is aware of what Hannibal is capable of but has never thought of him as a threat to her because he obviously considers her somebody important in his life. In that sense she is safe, and she could have continued to be so.
But by actively conspiring to get her to provide testimony that absolves Hannibal and coercing her to lie for him, he has pushed her too far. She refuses any longer to be complicit in covering for him, to be the litmus test of his character and so she takes the only recourse available to her… to withdraw, to escape before he can get to her. But not before making her apprehensions ever so clear to Crawford, by planting the necessary seed of doubt.
Her encounter with Will is the most remarkable aspect of the whole thing because its a great risk that she takes, to let him know that he’s not alone in knowing what he knows, that he’s not crazy after all. Its a great act of braveness and above all, an act of kindness.