It’s like Peter is his lost innocence personified. Will fights for him so fiercely not only for the sake of this man but for the sake of himself. By saving Peter from all-consuming corrupting shadow that follows that stalks that pries on this boy’s innocence he may save himself from his own? Peter mirrors everything Will used to be, strange, unfitting, crooked piece but before corrosion started. Watching what is being done to Peter is like watching everything that happened to Will in slow motion on the outside by himself. Replaying the events with someone else cast as people involved. Peter still can be saved, Peter is hope, and so he is beacon of salvation for Will. If he endured what was done to him maybe Will can to - walk out of it untainted, unmarked, whole? Will prevents the corruption from being completed in Peter, he’s there before transformation twists Peter into someone he is not but forced to be. Like a message to self that no matter how deep the shadow reached, no matter how toxic the sickness in you becomes (that “it” Will has in him), as long as you hear the birds, read people’s faces, see their hearts and feel it all on your skin you remember who you are and you can go back to the start. Or can you?
That was beautiful commentary. i’d just like to add that it appears, at this point in time, that Will thinks he’s beyond hope. In Yakimono, he tells Hannibal “No, I’m not innocent; you saw to that.” Generally, innocence is synonymous with virginity; you can’t get it back. It’s like a sheet of paper you crumple up. You can try and straighten it all you want, but there will always be those tiny creases tracing where it was once folded. As Abel Gideon said, “So much has happened to Mr. Graham. He is a changed man.” Perhaps then, the seed of Dark Will was planted when he tried to have Matthew Brown kill Hannibal. What happens after the gifset above, with Will holding the gun on Clark Ingram and pulling the trigger, is that seed sprouting its stem. This is the first true manifestation of Dark Will, in my opinion.
The other reason I think Will believes he’s beyond hope is because of the scene where Hannibal and Will are driving to the stable to prevent Peter from killing Clark Ingram. Hannibal says to Will, “You look like a man who’s suffered an irrevocable loss.” The loss he’s referring to is of Will’s innocence, the loss of something he can never get back. He cannot undo all that has happened to him, he cannot deny how those events have shaped him. But Will answers Hannibal by saying, “I’m trying to prevent one,” referring to Peter, which goes back to your original statement that Will is preserving Peter’s innocence at all costs. Will is that crumpled paper and Peter is that perfect sheet. Once you crumple the paper, it doesn’t matter how crumpled it is. In other words, Will believes that because his innocence is lost, it doesn’t matter how much blood gets on his hands, because he’s already dirty, and he can never wipe himself clean.
Matthew Brown: the friendly Orderly no one understands
I would like to remain not dead for the foreseeable future.
death + rebirth in 2.08 Su-zakana
Rebirths can only ever be symbolic.
I don’t want to kill you anymore Dr. Lecter, now that I finally find you interesting.
Apéritif (S01E01) / Su-zakana (S02E08)