Warning: Spoilers Ahead
A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that we would get our first look at the “resurrected” Dr. Chilton in the 4th episode titled “Apertivo.” We may recall that Dr. Chilton was framed as the Chesepeake Ripper and then, shot in the face by Miriam Lass in the season 2 episode “Yakimono.” Most assumed Chilton had died from the attack until actor Raul Esparza surprised everyone by showing up at San Diego Comic-Con last summer and announced that his character is very much alive and would be returning for season 3.
Photos for the 4th episode of the season when Chilton is expected to make his big return finally were published today. The full set of promotional photos are below, and as you can see, except for a small scar on Chilton’s left cheek, he doesn’t seem to be in as bad shape as I thought he might. However, we may not be getting the whole story (or these photos could be from flashbacks) because the below synopsis for the episode paints a different picture of Dr. Chilton.
Official Synopsis: “After surviving a disfiguring gunshot, Dr. Fredrick Chilton (guest star Raúl Esparza) is now focused on rallying support to capture Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), using Will (Hugh Dancy) as bait. Jack (Laurence Fishburne) is distracted by Bella’s (guest star Gina Torres) failing health, but he implores Will to abandon the risky idea of finding Hannibal. Meanwhile, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) entertains a different approach, potentially partnering with Mason Verger (guest star Joe Anderson) to utilize his vast resources. Glenn Fleshler also guest stars.”
Also note from both the photos and the synopsis that not only is Dr. Chilton back, but we will also get our first glimpse of Dr. Alana Bloom and Mason Verger, 2 other surviving victims of Hannibal Lecter but whose lives have been dramatically and traumatically altered because of their attacks.
I’ve really been enjoying the season so far, but something tells me this episode is going to be the best one thus far and by a long shot. All of the characters will be in it, and it’s going to be so interesting to see the moments right after each of the character’s near-death experience at the hands of Dr. Lecter. Of course, it’s going to be equally intriguing to see each of them plan what I’m sure will be futile attempts at revenge.
Episode 3.04 of Hannibal airs Thursday, June 25th, at 10/9c on NBC.
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