Season 2, Episode 2
Sakizuki (16)
Air date March 7, 2014
Written by Jeff Vlaming
Bryan Fuller
Directed by Tim Hunter
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"Sakizuke" is the second episode of Season 2, and overall the fifteenth produced hour of Hannibal. It originally aired on March 7, 2014.


The BAU team narrows in on the origin of the discarded bodies from the soupy crime scene, working to discover the killer's artful plan, while Will Graham begins an artful plan of his own from within the asylum.


The commuter who has found himself stitched to the other dead bodies is continuing to struggle. Although it's painful, he breaks free and runs out of the building. As he runs out into the street, a truck sees him, but he runs away. Someone gets out of the truck and chases after him with a gun. The man with the gun attempts to shoot him, but misses, the naked man runs through a corn field and reaches the edge of a cliff with a river at the bottom. After a moment of hesitation he decides to jump. On the way down he bangs into a rock and floats away with a wound on his head and open eyes indicating that he did not survive.

At Baltimore State Hospital, Alana and Hannibal are meeting with Will. Alana tells Will that there's pieces of himself that he can't see, or he is afraid to see. He doesn't know who he is anymore, and he's afraid. Will informs Hannibal that he isn't sure what's worse, believe that he did it, or believing that Hannibal did it to him. Alana thinks that neither Hannibal nor Will was responsible for the crimes, and she wants to find out who did. Regardless, Will doesn't believe it and says that the betrayal is the only thing that felt real, he needed to trust Hannibal. Hannibal tells Will that he wants to help.

Bedelia comes to visit Hannibal, but she hasn't come to stay long. Hannibal asks her what couldn't wait until their next session, but she informs him that he does not have a next session with her; she is no longer his therapist. She believes that she has reached her limit, and can't help him. With recent events, Bedelia has started to be suspicious and questioning Hannibal's actions, specifically her past issues with being attacked. Bedelia tries to distance herself from Hannibal, but he continues to walk towards her. She has drawn to a conclusion that Hannibal is dangerous. As she's leaving, Hannibal informs Bedelia that he's continuing his therapy with Will, because Will asked for his help, to which she replies that maybe they deserve each other.

Hannibal, Jack, Beverly, Brian, and Jimmy are inspecting a body, the body of the nude man. Jack questions what makes every victim the same, but Beverly suggests that maybe it isn't what's the same about each victim, but how they differentiate. She suggests that the difference in skin color would be the said difference, indicating the varying colors on his "color palette". Hannibal compliments Beverly's insight, commenting that it's as if Will was in the room.

Jack has a private meeting with Beverly afterwards, criticizing her for visiting Will without his permission. She visited him because she figured Jack would say no, which he would have, although he'd still want her to see him. Jack is worried about seeing Will because it means he's wrong either way; if he's delusional, Jack pushes him over the edge, if he's a psychopath, Jack trusted the wrong man. Jack is angry because his capability is being tested with a psych evaluation.

Hannibal visits Will again at the hospital. He tells Will that he hopes that their relationship has balanced out now. In response, Will tells him that their relationship is a patient-psychiatrist relationship, it's asymmetrical. Will tells Hannibal that he still can't remember much. He then questions Will about Beverly visiting him, saying that Alana wouldn't want him close to crime scene again. Hannibal wants to know what Will saw in the pictures, and Will tells him that he's stitching bodies together, each body being a brushstroke, making a human mural, and it's missing pieces.

Beverly visits Will again, and he informs her about Hannibal's visit, and how he advised against dwelling on such morbid things. But Beverly still gives him more pictures to look at, and he turns away to analyze them. Will envisions himself analyzing the body, and realizes that the naked man wasn't killed by overdose, but broke apart from the others, who are in a warehouse somewhere, near water.

Hannibal is shown in a field, near the warehouse containing the bodies, and with his suit covered in plastic. He opens a passage to warehouse from the ceiling, where he can see the human mural. The killer - the armed man - enters the warehouse from the side, and Hannibal tells him that he loves his work.

The crew enters the crime scene, and Beverly and Hannibal are talking as they meet with Jack. Jack tells Hannibal that he'll want to prepare himself, he's never seen anything like this before, but he replies that he's sure he hasn't. Beverly continues to walk around and look at the bodies, where she sees two different peoples arms sewn together, just like Will said.

Jack is at a meeting for his psych eval, where he explains that he thought that Will would be able to sustain what Jack would put him through at the crime scenes. The psychiatrist tells Jack that it's okay that he doesn't know it all, nobody knows it all. Jack points out that the way Will has spiraled into such savage behavior has changed the way Jack views him and how he sees other people. He doesn't just feel guilty for pushing Will, he feels guilty for the disaster in other people's lives due to pushing Will over the edge. Jack feels as if he failed. Everyone fails, but he looks at his friend and he sees a killer.

Jack, Beverly, Brian, and Jimmy are evaluating the bodies again, when a missing leg is noticed, and Hannibal is seen unwrapping said leg, and cutting off the foot of it; according to Beverly, the killer changes colors mid-brushstroke. Jack thinks about what Hannibal had said to him earlier, "The eye looks beyond this world and the next and sees the reflection of man himself." The killer doesn't see the reflection, and the question is, how did he find his faith? Hannibal continues to cut up the leg, and pulls out a recipe, and starts to cook his meal.

Jack meets with Bedelia as she needs closure. This conversation of theirs needs to be the last, or at least the last related to Hannibal. She can't offer him insight that she doesn't already have. She sees it as irresponsible for her to continue to meet with Lecter, which Jack questions, and she explains that it'd be irresponsible for herself. She can only help Hannibal when she's feeling secure, and that she does not. Bedelia explains that she and Hannibal were both traumatized by dangerous patients. Hannibal had Will, and she had hers. They say their goodbyes and part ways.

Will is visited again by Hannibal and Beverly, together this time. Will believes that they're just taking advantage of him now - trying to burn him out before his trial. They hand Will a picture of the human mural, and he envisions himself standing on top of it. And during that vision, he sees his "design" and mentions that one of the people aren't like the others. Will spots a different body, a white body, and he crouches down and asks why something so different is there. It's not his "design." He looks up and, in the hole in the ceiling, he sees the deer. Afterwards, down in the mural, the white body is him. Will sees himself being sewn, and Hannibal standing over him. Will comes out of the vision, and tells Hannibal and Beverly of his realization, the one who made the mural, is in the mural, and he was sewn in by someone else, who took a trophy - his leg.

Hannibal is shown back in the mural in the plastic suit, with the creator of the mural lying down in position. Hannibal drugs the creator while telling him that his position is important. And the owner is sewn into the mural by Hannibal.

Back at Will's cell, Kade Prurnell has come to visit him. Will thought he wouldn't have to be inspected, assuming that recent events had eradicated his position in the FBI. She informs him that the trial is to decide whether or not he was conscious of his actions. Alana is mentioned, and that the path that she's going in is that Will was forced into his actions by the FBI, and that it wasn't his fault. She points out that Alana isn't popular, implying that most disagree with her, and even saying that the prosecution is going to portray him as an intelligent psychopath. If he pleads guilty, everyone be spared a trial and she'll make sure that Will is comfortable in the hospital. He would also be given the federal death penalty.

Will is once again at the lake fishing, with the deer in the distance. But under him, a group of bodies flows to the surface. Will wakes up to find he has another visitor - Bedelia. She introduces herself, and Will realizes that she's Hannibal's therapist. He asks her what it's like, she feels like she knows him, but he really doesn't. She wanted to see Will for herself before she withdrew. Bedelia informs Will that she believes that Hannibal is doing what he thinks is best for Will, but this doesn't comfort Will at all. She tells Will that he can survive this incident. Bedelia walks closer towards Will's cell, an officer tells her to step back, but she doesn't listen, and she whispers to Will, telling him that she believes him. The guards then guide Bedelia away.

Hannibal is again with plastic covering his suit as he enters Bedelia's house, only to find it empty with the furniture all covered with sheets, indicating the owner moved. As he finds a small flask of perfume left for him and smells it, Bedelia's words echo: "And the conclusion that I've drawn is that you are dangerous". He smiles as the episode ends.


Season 2 Episodes

KaisekiSakizukiHassunTakiawaseMukōzukeFutamonoYakimonoSu-zakanaShiizakanaNaka-ChokoKō No MonoTome-wanMizumono

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