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Hannibal – “Potage” Review

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Jess Hicks

Welcome back! Are you enjoying Hannibal as much as I am? This show just keeps getting better and better as we go along and this week’s episode “Potage” is no exception! As always stop reading now if you wish to avoid SPOILERS!

This week the daughter of newly killed serial killer, Garret Jacob Hobbs (aka The Minnesota Shrike), Abigail awoke from her coma. Abigail exhibits strange qualities but the agents can’t decide on whether she is an accomplice or not. That doesn’t stop the public thinking she is a murderer just like her father though. The main focus this week was less on Graham and more on Hannibal (indirectly). So let’s break it down:

Did She Do It? 


Abigail is a tough one to crack, she exhibits practical thinking and small amounts of emotion “just to show she has any” which is extremely uncommon in a teenage girl. On the other hand she seems genuinely appalled at the thought of her father feeding his victims to her and her mother. I find her character genuinely intriguing and this is something that usually doesn’t happen with side characters. I believe she knew what was going on as far as her father killing girls, maybe not being a cannibal, but I don’t think she had much to do with it. She does seem unhinged but if you knew your father was a murder would you be 100% sane?

Freddie vs. Will


This is actually an issue I have with this show in that I don’t really care about this woman or her running feud with Will. After almost being killed last week because of her snarky reporting it seems illogical that she would continue on the way she is. Mostly this just serves as a bridge between her and Lecter, who I assume, will put an end to her investigative reporting. Also, any interactions with her seem to lead to some really cheesy dialogue such as “You really shouldn’t mess with a guy who thinks about killing people for a living!” C’mon Special Agent Graham, you are way to smart to be falling into her traps with melodramatic quips such as that!



Well, the show IS named after him and up until now he has remained on the sidelines for the most part. I mean it’s clear that these “copycat” kills are him but other than knowing that we don’t get a lot of Mads, which is a damn shame! However, this episode had a lot more scenes with him and we even get to see his alter ego come out a bit when he helps Abigail out. He helps her hide the body of her friend’s killer even though, let’s be real, she probably could of gotten away with the self-defense plea. Especially since they proved it was him to begin with. My only concern with this is now Abigail knows there something up with Hannibal and I don’t see this ending in any other way than getting rid of her.

Closing Thoughts and Side Bars

  • Potage- means “potted dish” which fits nicely with the episode’s emphasis on using every part of a body (i.e. throwing everything in like with a stew)
  • Hannibal Lecter is the sharpest dressing serial killer in history!
  • I’m STILL waiting for Gillian Anderson, apparently I’ll be waiting until episode 7! *hrumph*
  • I am really appreciating NBC in that they aren’t being timid with their “graphic content”. It’s silly to have a show that deals with dark subject matter and then cut corners on the things that make it dark. Good on you NBC!
  • Episode 4 has been pulled from the line up, read here to find out why!

Hannibal Episode 3 “Potage” aired on Thursday April 19th, 10/9c on NBC.

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