Writers: Jason Grote and Steve Lightfoot | Director: Peter Medak
Summary (NBC): WILL GRAHAM’S TRIAL BEGINS, BUT WHEN AN AVID FAN STARTS RECREATING CRIMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WILL IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING, EVEN WILL’S STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM — AS CYNTHIA NIXON GUEST STARS — Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge. To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up. Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson and Raúl Esparza.
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Hannibal Hassun quotes
Prosecutor: He was able to save Abigail Hobbs from her father, but he wasn’t able to save her from himself. He killed her and he ate her.
Prosecutor: I would argue that Will Graham is the smartest person in this room.
Jack: My instincts have not yet arrived at conviction.
Kade: You have to believe something. As long as there is reason and evidence to believe.
Kade: Will Graham is playing a game.
Kade: If you can’t represent your own beliefs, represent the bureau’s.
Brauer: Innocence isn’t a verdict, Mr. Graham. But not guilty is.
Brauer: This isn’t law. It’s advertising.
Brauer: I think I opened your mail.
Hannibal: Tell me, Jack, was your testimony meant to be a resignation?
Hannibal: A magic door is always attractive. Step through and leave all of your burdens behind.
Jack: I’ve given my life to death.
Hannibal: And now death has followed you home. Come to live in your house.
Jack: She could die there.
Hannibal: Such a gift has great significance.
Hannibal: It hadn’t occurred to me to send you an ear. But I’m grateful someone has.
Will: Gratitude has a short half life.
Hannibal: So can doubt. I have new thoughts about who you are.
Will: I’m not insane. Not anymore.
Brauer: You are smitten with the accused, Ms. Bloom, and it is adorable, but not our brand of defense.
Alana: I have no romantic feelings for Will Graham. I have a professional curiosity.
Jimmy: We should have taken a stool sample.
Brian: Yes! We should have!
Dr. Chilton: There is not yet a name for whatever Will Graham is.
Dr. Chilton: Will Graham is driven by vanity and his own whims.
Dr. Chilton: Saving lives is just as arousing as ending them. He likes to play God.
Will: He will die believing we are friends. It is his last thought.
Will: He is merely the ink from which flows my poem. A tribute. This is my design.
Hannibal: I want you to believe in the best of me. Just as I believe in the best of you.
Hannibal: This killer wrote you a poem. Are you going to let his love go to waste?
Hannibal: I was meant to be his stability. I failed him in that.
Hannibal: Will Graham is and will always be my friend.
Hannibal: Not only is justice blind, it’s mindless and heartless.
Kade: The circus has just added another ring.
Jack: And we, the clowns.
Will: I walked out of that courtroom, and I could hear my blood, like a hollow drumming of wings.
Alana: I want to save you.