Sunday, 30 August 2015

Hannibal S3 13: Wrath of the Lamb

Twisted torment of our lives

Swallowed by the lashing sea

Red moon burns the dark of night

Bedelia...have you won
your second chance 
to lose this deadly game of love.


Or perhaps...
In Blake's epic painting of Dante's Inferno, Antaeus lowers Virgil and Dante to the final Ring of Hell. Are Will and Hannibal likewise lowered to safety by the gods for their future amusement?

Blake's painting of Philosopher-Guide and Poet-Seeker being lowered by Antaeus to the 9th Ring of Hell

Or are they poets in love...
Like the inconsolable Percy Bysshe Shelley drowning in a storm in the wild voracious sea by Lerici. Unlike rascally George Gordon Lord Byron who lived a long life or their mutual poetpal the luckless Keats who was too ill to join the fun at Shelley's seaside retreat.

painting of Shelley's funeral pyre where Byron snatched Shelley's burning heart from the flames
Or (cue the hip-swivelling sound track)...
Could they be crack athletes -- like two magnificent Elvises in Blue Hawaii high-diving off cliffs then popping up above the crashing waves much to the shock and awe of all who witness their dare-devilry? Well, maybe only one Elvis - Hannibal probably spent some time diving for pearls or swallows or something off the cliffs of Japan. Can Will even dog-paddle?
Ahh, good old Elvis preparing to cliff dive
 Regardless, as Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest
                          "Nothing of him that doth fade 
                           But doth suffer a sea-change
                           Into something rich and strange."

Behind the cloak of network cancellation, both Will and Hannibal are definitely probably Becoming something Rich(er) and Strange(r) our imaginations.
Shelley's gravestone
And what of Bedelia? 
She’s clearly back on those painkillers or some Hannibal-administered psycho-med. Who is she protecting herself against as she conceals a sharp-tined fork in her palm? Girl does love The Game.

Ms Anderson getting final touches from Katie Brennan for the very last scene as special effects crabby pyro-guy prepares to smoke up my pit-roast leg of Bedelia
Who's cooking legs now?
In my opinion, only Hannibal could make a roast such as that grand fruit and flower garnished kalua-roast leg smouldering on Bedelia’s table. So we know he survived. (After all, my cookbook isn’t out yet and the cooking method and presentation so obviously is something only our Hannibal would know how to execute. Right?)
tying up ti leaves
Size matters.
When we were shooting the final scene, the lovely Richard Armitage came by my prep station with compliments but asked me why I made Gillian's leg so big. He thought her legs were much slimmer. Gillian and I had already discussed it. I apologized that I had to made the roast bigger than her leg so it would have presence on the long table. She modestly said she thought it was pretty close to the actual size of her leg. Not really. She has no idea how tiny she is! 

A bit about roasting the leg:
Like Gideon's "Pinhead" roast leg, Bedelia's leg was made of pork loins stitched together over beef and lamb leg bones. I couldn't think of a special way to prepare it - Bryan had emphasized that he wanted it to be "the most beautiful thing I ever made" which is a pretty tall order. But happily, my brother came up with the idea of pit-roasting it, Kalua style. So I wrapped it in ti leaves, decorated it with tropical fruits and flowers and lay it on a bed of coals -- with ice to represent the Lake of Ice in Dante's Inferno. In the original script, Hannibal was going to slice it so I had to make it open at one end. But in the final script, Bedelia alone was seated for dinner so I had no need to worry about resets and it was a fairly stress-free shoot.

I hope more guests show up - that's 12 lb of pork in there...

There are two guest chairs at Bedelia's dining table. 
So who else is coming for dinner? 

Wow, wouldn't you just love it if Bedelia was meeting the in-laws? Uncle Bowie and Lady Murisaki?

Maybe Will is dead.  
Or has been saved by Jack who was hovering in a nearby helicopter because he was in on it the whole time. So Will is in the hospital. Or is back with Molly giving it one more try.

Or maybe not.
I'm pretty sure Will is alive. As a matter of fact, I think he’s in the kitchen helping Hannibal drain the vegetables. And why? Hasn’t Hannibal always cooked alone? Well he can’t if he’s in a wheelchair! Which still fits with the number of dining room chairs. Will is cooking under Hannibal’s instruction and any minute now, they will emerge. Will pushing Hannibal’s wheelchair and Hannibal cradling the vegetable platter in his lap. Which still leaves a chair for David Bowie or ... Jody Foster!

Oh that's just silly. I guess I should stop my wild speculation. Maybe there are three chairs because the fourth one was moved to make room for the camera dolly. 

We will never know. That is until somebody somewhere somehow saves Hannibal and Bryan gets to tell us another bedtime story.


Fannibals at San Diego ComicCon waving hello!

It's not over til it's over.
In the meantime, Fannibals, keep the flame alive. Email ( me photos or descriptions of your Hannimeals, your thoughts and your funny/sad stories and I’ll post them all here for us to all enjoy. Or tweet a message to me and I'll screen-grab your photos: Janice Poon @FeedingHannibal (Twitter link is at the top of this page).

 FunkoPop custom made (with tiny clay-baked thigh!) by talented sculptor Helen 

We will always have Hannibal if we keep him alive in our Memory Kitchens. So keep on cooking!

Annabel Lecter's brilliant chocolates You can order them from

Just as soon as I figure out who made this Sanguinaccio, I'll caption your name here!

Daniel and his Hannidinner

A close-up of Daniel's lovely Hannibal inspired meal

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Gabriel just tweeted this Saturday before Hannibal's Finale. A sweet bye-bye!

Look! It's Hanni & Will's mask! Just like Beverly's kidney pie.
Way to go, Jodi!


  1. Thank you, Ms. Poon and the cast and crew for closing another chapter in the saga of Will Graham and Hannibal Lector. I can't wait for the season 3 dvd so I can rewatch everything again . Looks like it's time to 食飯!

    1. Me too! I think there is going to be a lot of rewatching. Some are already planning Rewatch Saturdays starting from Aperatif (seems an age ago).

      It's always time to eat again!

  2. I just...I just can't...I've never watched the last three minutes of a show with my mouth literally hanging open before. It's I knew he was going to do it, but never thought he'd! Quick, I'll make them arm ham wings! I've been practicing ever since I asked you earlier this season! I could make four! Or just two really big ones, and Hannibal can cradle Will in his arms like Saint Catherine in the Baglione!

    1. Arm Ham Wings - could they transport our lads to safety? or to heaven where Hannibal will NOT be happy. Or would they fail like Icarus' wings when he flies too close to the sun. I think it's going to be Jack in a helicopter that swoops in. So eat up the ham wings - the boys will be OK.

  3. I hope you'll consider keeping up the blog with your work on other shows too; I've really enjoyed reading it, and thank you! :)

    1. That's so nice to hear! I have had a few mad shoots on other shows since we wrapped so I probably will continue blogging - perhaps not with the regularity of Hannibal but one never knows. If Martha de Laurentiis can make a deal, we could be making a Hannibal movie!

  4. I'd just like to say, well done, and thank you. Your blog has been the perfect companion to the show, and I found myself looking forward to it just as much as I did episodes.

    Obviously, I do hope that the show is picked up, but even if not it was more than we could have hoped for. Thank you.

    P.S. Finding a decent Sanguinaccio Dolce recipe has somewhat eluded me, so I was wondering if you know of a good place to look?

    1. She posted one here in response to me a few weeks back. Check the older comments!

    2. Thanks! I thought I had looked, but I must have missed it!

  5. This post has made me emotional... anyway, it's great! I like your work, your speculations and the effort that you made in everyone of the posts of this blog, it's very... Hannibal-ish, I guess.

    1. It has been very emotional for everyone. Every time I'm on a set, I run into crew from Hannibal and everyone misses it. And all the Fannibals on Twitter are so sweet and sad about missing Hannibal. What a great experience it was tho. And we continue to hope that Martha can make a film deal!

  6. Thank you so so much for everything, Janice! I love this blog and I love Hannibal. Hope you keep this up even after the show ends. I enjoy it immensely :D will be trying my hand at Sanguinaccio Dolce as soon as I can get my hands on some pork blood.

    1. Thank you for following along with m adventures in cannibal land. It was so much fun. I will continue to blog but first I have to get my cookbook in. I plan to do a Hannibal Halloween Dinner post just for fun. In case anyone want to have a dinner and a rewatch on Halloween..

  7. May I ask, was it you who made Chilton's "lips" that Hannibal ate? What was it made of?

    And lastly...Thank you Janice for being with us until the very end. Your interactions with us and the behind the scenes tour of your painstaking work into making Hannibal the beauty it was really meant a lot. If you ever need Fannibals, you know where to find us.

    1. I didn't make Chilton's lips. They were made out of latex since Mads didn't have to eat them for the scene.

      I am still enjoying the Fannibals on Twitter and will try to blog more frequently once the cookbook is out...maybe it can be a forum where I can answer questions from people trying the recipes. I hope there always will be a place for Fannibals to gather.

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  9. Janice, you have managed to do the impossible: Make a horrifying crime drama look more delicious than anything on the Food Network. We will all miss the show!

    Also, any idea when the cookbook is coming out? Because I am so there!

  10. Hi MJ-

    I've been neglecting this blog because I've been working 24/7 on the cookbook which should be coming out next fall (Oct 2016) Doing the photography in January which I'm looking forward to!
    Thanks for your kind remarks!

  11. Just happened across your page after perusing other Hannibal related fan pages! I absolutely loved how you did the design here, and even though it seems many of the show's people are busy in the next year or so, I hope to see more of these lovely posts in the future! Fingers crossed ❤️

    1. Hi Tricia! Thanks for looking in on my musings! I'm still working on the Official Hannibal Cookbook (deadline looming) then I hope to get back to blogging and answering any questions about the recipes in the cookbook. And the status of SaveHannibal, of course. I heard a crazy rumour last week and I'm waiting to talk to Bryan Fuller (he'll be in town for American Gods) to see if there's anything to it. And I will post any updates here! Cheers!

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