A Taste of Hannibal: Ep. 203 Hassun (3/14/14)

Here's a taste of what to expect on this Friday night's new Hannibal. The next episode, "Hassun," airs March 14 at 10/9c.

After allowing some time to shake off the heebie-jeebies from the two-part season premiere (I don't think I'll ever look at a color palette the same way again), the countdown is on to this Friday's new episode, titled "Hassun." As with all of this season's episodes, the name reflects an aspect of traditional Japanese haute cuisine. Typically offered as a meal's second course, a Hassun is often a collection of smaller dishes centered on a theme.

The delicious dilemma being served up this week centers on doubt, as Will's trial for the copycat killings gets underway. The prosecutor (guest star Cynthia Nixon) is more than convinced that Will has played Jack, Hannibal and the FBI all along. Who better to copy the work of serial murderers than a profiler? As those closest to him are forced to take sides, Will festers in his prison cell, trying to convince everyone (himself included) that it's Hannibal who should be on trial. As he pushes through the hazy recollections of Hannibal framing him, Will wonders what sort of a deal he'll have to strike to expose the true killer; perhaps a pact with the devilish Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza)? Look for a conflicted Jack Crawford on the stand for the people, convinced of Will's guilt and gnawed by the thought that he may have pushed his star pupil over the edge.

But things on Hannibal are rarely what they seem for long. When a grisly turn of events offers evidence that copycat killings are still happening, the tide of doubt about Will's guilt begins to rise. But will justice turn a blind eye to the real killer in the courtroom? As Will promises Hannibal in the season 2 trailer, "There will be a reckoning." The question is when.

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