[ screencaps from http://screencapped.net ]
Okay, okay, I don’t follow the Hannibal fandom very closely, so forgive me if anyone else has called this already, BUT:
Does anyone else think that Dr. du Maurier might not exist? Or, alternately, that she might have existed once, but Hannibal killed her and now the “Dr. du Maurier” we see is a figment/projection, as much as Will keeps seeing the Stag and GJ Hobbs?
I mean, think about it: (details based on memory of one viewing of each episode, so I could be wrong on any point)
Dialogue has explained that she was attacked by a patient once (my theory is that it was Hannibal, and she did not survive), and ‘retired’ from practicing psychiatry. Hannibal continues to see her despite her stated desires – which, okay, is kind of rude, let’s be honest. But if she died and now exists solely as a figment/projection, such social conventions no longer apply.
We never see her interact with anyone else. Her room is a ‘dreamy’ space, spacious but intimate, lit with a diffuse, slightly warm light. There’s also something… eerie about how similarly they’re treated/framed in these scenes, how their facial structure is highlighted by the lighting and color palettes, to more resemble each others’. Look at the caps above (taken within seconds of each other) and tell me I’m wrong. She is definitely more ‘feminine’ but there is a clear echo effect happening, and I don’t think it’s merely that one is deliberately ‘mirroring’ the other.
[side note: I love how Mads’ face is always lit – and he always uses it – as if it’s a mask. Brilliant choices, there.]
Not to mention, one scene with them ended with her pouring him a glass of white wine, and the next time we see Hannibal, he’s in his office with a glass of white wine and the dialogue strongly hints at continuity between the two scenes.
I don’t know, u guise, I think there’s something to this but I don’t know canon well enough to know if I’m right. Thoughts?omg it’s not just me – also, the name – is it reference to a woman’s power to shape a relationship from beyond death?
Ohhh, shit. This totally makes sense. The scene with the wine glass in particular really threw me. Not just the glass, but the camera work, it basically spun around him and switched venues. I assumed it was just a fancy transition, but it would fit so fucking well with this theory.
Not to mention, thinking filmmaking reality, Gillian Anderson is a famous and well-established actress, it puzzled me why she had such a comparatively minor role that could really be played by anyone, unless the therapist was due to have a more important/active role in the plot later on…
….that is unless she is dead and a reflection of Hannibal’s psyche, that is an incredibly psychologically interesting role for any actor.
more evidence re: the mirroring theory. check out this sceengrab i got while i was rewatching rôti. when i was reviewing the frames later, i came across this one and my jaw dropped. there’s no way the symmetry between them could be anything but intentional.
I’ve been saying this since Sorbet first aired! Also, I have a theory about the discussion of her ‘being attacked by a patient’ in Fromage. I believe that she was a real person and that Hannibal was actually her patient, but she found out too much throughout their sessions and Hannibal felt that he had to eliminate her, but regretted it deeply because she was so worthy of respect. Whereas his normal victims are uncouth and unworthy, she is almost at the level of an equal, someone who Hannibal might have even considered a friend. Hannibal is canonically not a pure psychopath nor a pure sociopath, so it might be expected that he would feel guilt in certain circumstances. I believe this would be one such circumstance.
When she mentions that she ‘does not apologize for what happened to [the patient]’ (approximate b/c i need to rewatch the episode, forgive me), I think that she may be referring to how Hannibal latched onto her personality as an aspect of his own. It was probably not intentional, but instead born of guilt. In doing so, Hannibal would have gained a conscience of sorts, which is a liability in his ‘line of work.’
Oh crap I love this. It makes complete sense that Hannibal would only be able to talk to a dead/nonexistent person about his private thoughts and feelings. “I have an unconventional psychiatrist” indeed.