Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Naka-choko” | Aired May 2, 2014
Before I start, I have to admit that the name of this episode has put the “Ooga chaka” from Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” in my head. I don’t like being alone in my earworms. You’re welcome.
OK, on to the death and mind games!
I don’t know how to explain the opening sequence. To quote Inigo Montoya, “No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” Remember how Hannibal ended up with a dead protégé on his dining room table last week, and he and the viewers both were wondering how the heck that happened? Well, we got our answer … sort of.
We see Will going back into his house, turning off the light and watching the door with a shotgun in hand. The slo-mo starts. Dogs start barking and something comes crashing through the window. (I have no idea if Bryan Fuller meant to invoke the end of Manhunter when Will comes through the glass, but that’s what it reminded me of.) We’re expecting the intruder to be Randall Tier in his wolf-bear rig, but it’s not. It’s The Stagman, and the fight is on. As Will gets into it, he lands punch after punch, and the antlered man changes to a more recognizable and bloodied Hannibal. More punches, more blood, and Will grabs those antlers and twists until there’s a snap. When he looks down again, the body on the floor is Randall Tier.