The Red Dragon is Coming, and Perry’s a Little Anxious Now

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.

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HANNIBAL -- " ...and The Woman Clothed With The Sun" -- Pictured: (l-r) Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane -- (Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC)

HANNIBAL — ” …and The Woman Clothed With The Sun” — Pictured: (l-r) Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane — (Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC)

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.

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6 thoughts on “The Red Dragon is Coming, and Perry’s a Little Anxious Now

  1. Coming on the heels of the numerous absurd situations of last week’s show, I think this storyline will be far scarier than anything before. I too enjoyed seeing Richard on a preview on American TV.

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    • Last week’s show was bonkers, and i felt denied with Hannibal’s “capture.” The alleged motivation for his surrender, and the relinquishment of his fierce survival instincts baffled me.

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  2. I’m getting a bit nervous too. Haven’t watched Digestivo yet, we are a half week behind, it was on last night and i recorded it to watch in daylight today 😉 You were right about Margot’s skirt and Alan’s blouse in the previous one, niceee. I though it finally got interesting when they sat at the table at the end of last ep, though it was silly of both Will and Jack to fall into that trap.. but at least stuff happened. And the final image of them dangling like the pork carcasses was hilarious 😀 (well, i have to laugh at it, the whole things is so OTT)
    But i think you are right, Dolarhyde is anything but funny.. i’ve been able to stomach the gore up until now because everything was so outlandish, i fear DF will be a bit too close too reality for comfort..
    My dilemma will be how to stay away from spoilers until next Wednesday 🙂

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