I haven’t minded that Richard Armitage took the role of a serial killer in a series known for its outrageous, cruelly enacted murders. Say what you want about the gory, stylish, sometimes senseless deaths over three seasons of Hannibal, but I have to admit, that most were amusing, carried out by somewhat amusing murderers.
And for Richard Armitage, it’s such an opportunity for him. I can’t wait to watch him knock it out of the park. I re-read the book, watched both films, caught up quickly with seasons 1 and 2, and have suffered through season 3, sometimes making spontaneous declarations and WTFing aloud, alone in front of the TV. All to get ready for The Becoming.
I experienced such a thrill when I saw the Richard Armitage scenes from next week’s episode and the promotion, during Digestivo. More viewers saw that than any other episode this season, I believe. Yes, maybe they wanted to see Hannibal caught – but Bryan Fuller denied us, and instead. in the final moments, made Hannibal act against character. A nonsensical phrase keeps popping into my mind over Digestivo: If you can’t eat them, join them.
So yeah, my guy as the Red Dragon. Okay!
And then I read this particular description here.
He’s a completely different type of killer to Hannibal or to any of the other maniacs we’ve seen on the show . . . a smart yet savage animal unleashed by something primal deep inside.
Richard Armitage as a savage animal unleashed. I never thought of it that way.
I seem to have been so focused on learning about – trying to get into the groove of – Hannibal, the series – that I pushed aside what I knew, and now I feel unprepared.
There’s not going to be anything amusing about Francis Dolarhyde.