I've never meant this as much as I do now, but this is a literally an *unbelievable* finale to a surprisingly amazing show. I for one am *GLAD* it doesn't follow the books besides its characters and more nonchalant references --- it would truly ruin the fun to know the plot beforehand.
The final shots are simply...grotesque but brilliantly filmed and captured. The episode itself, the betrayals, truths, and revelations leave you sympathizing for villains and heroes alike. And the utter brilliance and intellect (yet unfortunate madness) of the character of Hannibal...or maybe even the *idea* of him... makes him indeed one of the best serial killers ever crafted (much like how Sherlock has been adapted through other means and settings, I think Hannibal works well on this level too, working well in novels, films, and television now).
If you haven't watched this series, I can't recommend it enough. It's only two seasons in, but the shock factory in this couple of seasons trumps *many* other shows that go on a lot longer. It's well written, well made, and brilliantly played.
Funny enough, even despite a strong first season, the second demonstrates a series growth of style and in the overall intensity of its drama.... much like its killer develops.
Well done, Bryan Fuller. And I'm glad you scored a 3rd season...cuz uh, that'd have been one hell of a way to end things otherwise. :S
Possibly the strangest film worth adapting....yet it pays off.
I mentioned how I "popped" into the 6th episode (and sadly found out an endearing enough character who will meet their end), but I was so impressed that I watched Episodes 1 and 2 now.
The first episode was indeed a great hour of television. Fargo has always combined the banal and quaint rural life and mixed it in with dark secrets and evil-doing. Much like the film, the television show really adapts that idea very well. The characters are peculiar and interesting and episodes have a strange but fun-to-follow style. And jesus H, who *ISN'T* in this show????
Oh...And as a Canadian lady, I'm definitely enjoying Martin Freeman take on another "strange" accent. :P
More than ever this topic feels relevant. I know it's hard for us to necessarily discuss TV shows since there's so many [compared to big movie releases] and it's hard to make time for a long series.... But I think I can honestly say there's been more shows I look forward to than films these days.