Hannibal’s first and second season has been full of twists, shocks and often gruesome surprises. But its second season finale really took the cake—or should that be human brain?—with some shockers that left even hardcore fans picking their jaws up from the floor. Let’s look at the biggest shockers from the Hannibal second season finale.
Will’s Scent Mistake
Throughout the series, but especially in this second season, the viewers have been made very aware of Hannibal’s extremely keen sense of smell. Hannibal can take a whiff of a body and smell corn on it—and when Bedelia made a run for it earlier in the season, she left behind her signature perfume, perhaps knowing that Hannibal could at some point trace her if he smelled it in a crowd. Will, unfortunately, either missed this memo or completely forgot. Early on in the second season finale, Will had a scene with the supposedly dead Freddie Lounds. Unfortunately, during Will’s last meeting with Hannibal before the big dinner scene, Hannibal smelled Freddie Lounds on Will. This would have no doubt alerted Hannibal to Will’s deception, unfortunately leading to some later shockers in the episode.
The final shot of the episode showed Hannibal enjoying a glass of wine on a flight to France—which panned over to reveal Bedelia, smiling warmly, holding her own glass of champagne. It had been previously established that Bedelia was afraid of Hannibal; she fled the city and had to be coerced to talk to the FBI about him. Her appearance brings about about many questions, the main one being: was she working with Hannibal all along?
Abigail Lives—then Dies (Again)
Hannibal has pulled a view fake-out deaths before—with Chilton after his impromptu surgery and with Freddie Lounds—but many fans did not expect that Abigail Hobbs, whose ears was pushed down Will’s throat at the end of season 1, to still be alive. Abigail has clearly been living under the thumb of Hannibal, who apparently planned to take her—and Will—on the run with him. But Will’s betrayal caused a new plan of action, and Hannibal slit Abigail’s throat in front of Will. It seems unlikely that Abigail will survive a third death; although show creator Bryan Fuller has said the viewers will not know who has survived until episode 2 of season 3.