Hannibal: Season 1 Episode Guide
UK airdate: 7 May 2013
A young criminal investigator named Will Graham, suffering from Asperger syndrome, is enrolled by the FBI to investigate a strange serial killer who kidnaps his victims – but decided to give back his last victim…
UK airdate: 14 May 2013
Will Graham now an official special investigator with the FBI, helps Jack Crawford and the BAU unit search for a murderer who buries his victims alive to grow mushrooms. In their therapy sessions, Hannibal begins to gain Will’s trust as they bond over responsibility for Abigail (guest star Kacey Rohl), and helps Will open up about his true feelings about killing Hobbs. Meanwhile, Freddie Lounds (guest star Lara Jean Chorostecki) snoops around the BAU’s investigation.
UK airdate: 21 May 2013
As suspicions mount against Hobbs’ daughter, Will takes a risk to prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Lecter helps the girl hide a secret, but at a cost.
UK airdate: 28 May 2013
A string of family murders takes place and Will determines they were conducted by each of the families’ missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families for their sinister “new family.” Against Alana’s recommendation, Hannibal checks Abigail out of the hospital for some frightening psychiatric practices that ultimately align her loyalty with him.
UK airdate: 4 June 2013
Will Graham and the BAU team track a serial killer whose bloody ritual includes cutting the victims’ back flesh and stretching it to look like angel wings. Returning to the field weighs heavily on Will’s psyche and Hannibal tries to drive a wedge between Will and Jack. Meanwhile, Jack Crawford’s wife Bella pulls away from him and begins seeing Hannibal as her therapist, in an effort to come to terms with the fact she is dying. Beverly tries to connect with Will on a more personal level.
UK airdate: 11 June 2013
Jack & Alana are contacted by a former colleague, Dr. Chilton who believes he has The Chesapeake Ripper in custody, but then one of his patients commits a murder that matches The Ripper’s profile. The team determines the Ripper was a surgeon and is still at large when Jack’s former protégé Miriam becomes the next victim. Jack copes with her loss and the prospect of losing his wife by opening-up to Hannibal.
UK airdate: 18 June 2013
When the BAU investigates a murder involving organ removal Jack believes that the Chesapeake Ripper may have resurfaced, but Will determines that the victim’s murder is the result of illegal organ harvesting accident. Meanwhile, Will suffers from nightmares where he is Abigail’s father, and Hannibal slowly starts to seduce Alana Bloom and begins to visit his own therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson)
UK airdate: 25 June 2013
The BAU investigates a murder in which the killer exposes the victim’s vocal cords to literally play them like a cello. Meanwhile, Hannibal discovers that the killer, Tobias, murdered the victim as an attempt to gain Hannibal’s attention but then makes an attempt to take Lecter’s life. Will is driven to distraction by strange noises in his head and turns to Alana, in a romantic way, seeking peace and stability. Hannibal describes his relationship with Will to his therapist, Dr. Bedilia Du Maurier.
9. Trou Normand
UK airdate: 2 July 2013
The BAU team hunts a serial killer who digs up his victims, creating a totem pole of their bodies as a macabre trophy. When Nick Boyle’s body is found, Jack & Alana question Abigail about his death. The resurrection of Nick’s body enlightens Will to some of Abigail’s secrets and Hannibal convinces Will to keep some of his own. Attempting to assert independence, Abigail agrees to write a book with Freddy Lounds and in the process, reveals her biggest secret to Hannibal.
10. Buffet Froid
UK airdate: 9 July 2013
BAU investigates a murder in which two victims’ faces are similarly mutilated; given a “Glasgow Smile.” For the first time, Will contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe into telling Will he’s okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, “dead-looking” woman (Ellen Muth) who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered.
UK airdate: 16 July 2013
When Dr.Gideon (Eddie Izzard) escapes from police custody, he seeks to kill psychiatrists who have profiled him. Will and the BAU team try to track him down by following Freddie Lounds’ blog before Gideon can get to Alana. Hannibal misleads the BAU team in order to put Will in the same room as Gideon, and Jack questions Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza) regarding Gideon’s escape.
UK airdate: 23 July 2013
After Georgia Madchen (Ellen Muth) dies in an explosion, Will asserts that the copy cat killer is still alive. The BAU team links Abigail to the Minnesota Shrike victims and plan to arrest her only to find Will has checked her out of the hospital. Will’s hallucinations intensify, causing him to lose Abigail in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Hannibal’s subtle manipulation convinces Jack that Will is capable of murder. Hannibal makes an astonishing admission to Abigail.
13. Savoureu (Finale)
UK airdate: 30 July 2013
When Will returns from Minnesota without Abigail, Hannibal turns Will in and Jack and the BAU team find strong evidence of Will having killed not only Abigail but additional evidence points to all the murders of the Copy Cat Killer. Jack and Alana begin to accept that Will is indeed capable of murder. Will is arrested and in a desperate attempt to escape, breaks his own thumb to slip the handcuffs and frees himself. Will takes Hannibal back to Minnesota to clear his name and to prove Hannibal’s guilt. But before he can, the situation takes another ugly and unexpected turn.