As the possible series finale of NBC's Hannibal approaches, there's one question on every fannibal's mind: Will the series offer a satisfying conclusion or finish with a maddening cliff-hanger that may never get to be resolved?
The answer is much closer to the former. The finale wraps up the "traditional" Red Dragon story very quickly — Frederick Chilton's flaming wheelchair was not the final fiery display of Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) — before introducing a huge departure from the text in order to rightly service the lingering issues between Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
In some ways the emotional sequel to the bloody Season 2 finale, the climactic hour will once again feature a Will whose intentions are as murky as his allegiances and a Hannibal whose heart could once again be broken by his protégé. And while many may debate whether or not the show offers a "happy" ending for these characters, the final image feels like an accurate and appropriate summation of the show that preceded it.
At least until you get to a deliciously sinister post-credits sequence that offers a hint of what could be to come should the show receive a miraculous resurrection. In other words, you might want to add a couple extra minutes to your DVR recording just in case!
Hannibal's finale airs Saturday at 10/9c on NBC.