Season 2, Episode 10
Air date May 2nd, 2014
Written by Steve Lightfoot
Kai Yu Wu
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
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"Naka-Choko" is the tenth episode of Season 2, and the twenty-third produced hour of Hannibal. It originally aired on May 2nd, 2014.


Will's willingness to go to dark places strengthens his bond with Hannibal -- and garners Jack's attention; Hannibal gives Margot advice about her brother's violent nature.


Will is reliving his fight with Randall Tier, only instead of a man in a pneumatic cave bear suit, he sees the Wendigo, the half-Hannibal, half-stag creature of his nightmares. Will kills Randall by breaking his neck and takes the body to Hannibal, laying it out on his dining room table like an offering. Will's knuckles are bruised and bloody from his fight, so Hannibal gently treats and wraps them in gauze. Will admits he felt powerful when he killed Randall. "Then you owe him a debt," Hannibal says.

Jack Crawford walks into the Museum of Natural History where Randall worked. A cave bear skeleton stands there, but the top half of its skull is covered by Randall's face, which has been peeled from his skull, and the animal's limbs have been replaced by Randall's. His finger seems to point at Jack, as if accusing the FBI agent of being responsible for his death.

Jack calls in Will and Hannibal to consult on Randall's murder. The two bat ideas about the killer's psyche back and forth. Hannibal is clearly enjoying it. Will, presumably to keep up appearances, does his usual thing of closing his eyes to put himself in the killer's mind.

Will has a conversation in his mind with Randall, exploring the reasons why he and Hannibal displayed the dead man in this fashion. Then Will comes out of his dream state. "He knew his killer," he tells Jack.

Freddie Lounds has returned, and she is working on a book about the Chesapeake Ripper. She interviews Will in her motel room, where she tells him her suspicions that Hannibal, not the gravely injured Frederick Chilton, is the Ripper.

Margot Verger continues her "unorthodox" therapy with Hannibal, who reprimands her for having not yet murdered her brother Mason. "You failed to murder him because you still love him," he tells her. "You must allow yourself to hate him."

Margot rides a horse into a barn on her family's estate and finds Mason waiting for her. He wants to show her something: a maze into which he has released some specially bred pigs. An assistant lowers a lump of meat that has been molded into the shape of a person, dressed in one of Margot's suits and sprayed with perfume. Mason turns on an audio recording of human screams in order to provoke the pigs.

Rattled, Margot returns to Will, seeking comfort. They go to bed, where Will sees the face of Alana Bloom, who is at that moment in bed with Hannibal. The Wendingo makes an appearance in Will's imagination.

Hannibal goes to meet Mason himself. Mason greets Hannibal and offers the psychiatrist a pig from the batch he's been training to eat people so Hannibal can turn it into a gourmet meal. Hannibal serves the pig to Will and Alana.

Alana reveals that Freddie Lounds came to see her, curious about Hannibal's relationship with Will.

Having earlier said to Alana about teaching, "We can only learn so much and live," she is now putting that to the test by going to Will's house. When there is no answer at his door, she picks the lock on his barn and enters it. Hanging up in the middle is Randall Tier's cave bear outfit. Freddie, not knowing what it is, takes pictures anyway. Then she opens a storage freezer and finds all sorts of meat wrapped in plastic, including a human jawbone. Horrified, she slams the lid only to find Will standing there, staring at her, talking to her in a soft voice, trying to coax her into listening to what he has to say.

Freddie pulls out a gun, shoots at Will and makes a break for it. They struggle and she tears away from him, leaving a hunk of her hair in his hand. Dialing a number on her phone as she runs to her car, she is fumbling to get the key in the ignition when Will smashes in a window and drags her, screaming, back towards the barn. Back in her car, her phone has connected to Jack Crawford's, so he will get a voicemail of her terrified screams. Later, the FBI traces her cell to a tower near Will's farm and finds security footage of her filling up her car at a gas station six miles away. Will feigns ignorance, saying she was supposed to come interview him and never showed up.

In Hannibal's kitchen, Will has brought meat wrapped in butcher's paper. He wants Hannibal to show him how to cook it. Hannibal tries to guess the type of meat. "Veal? Pork?"

Will smiles. "She was a slim and delicate pig."

The two men sit in front of a fire in Hannibal's dining room, eating. Hannibal thinks the meat tastes a bit strange and unusual and guesses it was frightened at the time it was slaughtered. "The meat is bitter about being dead," Will says.

"This meat is not pork," Hannibal replies.

"It's long pig," Will says, using a rare slang term for human flesh. Hannibal, picking up on the reference, smiles.

Extra Edit

  • The episode's title, Naka-Choko (中猪口), refers to an acidic soup that is served as a palate cleanser.

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