8:00pm PT by Amber Dowling
'Hannibal' Star Says Latest Twist Adds a "Whole New Take" to Season 3
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's episode Hannibal, "Aperitivo."]
After four episodes, Hannibal viewers finally learned everything that happened following the horrific season two finale. That includes the fate of one Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), who survived the two-story fall, but thanks to an abundance of bone marrow in her blood, has come out a very changed character.
To get the low-down on this new Alana and what's in store for her during the rest of season three, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Dhavernas.
So too much bone marrow in her blood has changed Alana — and what can you preview about her dark new path?
It was really fun to have a bold change like that. What’s interesting is that she’s not just destroyed by the whole thing. I don’t know what I would have done in my personal life, I would have probably stopped what she does for a living and gone onto something else. But she’s interesting that way because she’s stronger than ever after. Something happened to her that physically may alter her way of seeing things now. She’ll alter her ways of navigating through the dark waters of her job. She also understood that there’s no way of making things right with the people she has to hang around with. So a new section of her comes to life and she starts manipulating more, and using her femininity and playing games in order to get what she wants and to protect the people that she wants to protect now.
Does she want revenge on Hannibal?
She wants some kind of revenge, but I think she wants him to get caught. Does she want him to die? Maybe not. But that’s what every character has to deal with this season — what do they want him to go through? Do they want to see him suffer? Do they want him to die? What she’s feeling is still very vague at this point. She has to deal with what happened to her when she comes to and understand why she didn’t see what was so apparent. She says to Chilton, you can’t see what you won’t see.
Is it almost like playing a new character?
A little bit, yeah. It’s weird, it’s like revisiting a character with with a whole new take on it. Season three made that possible, not only with my character, but with the whole tone of the show because usually what happens after three or four seasons — things can become redundant. All the characters know each other, have dated each other so much. I think [showrunner] Bryan Fuller was very clever in doing what he did to completely start over in another country, another continent. He shook things up to the core and he certainly did that with Alana as well. She was really the heart of the show before — not as in the middle of the show — but as in the softer, caring part of the show. Now she’s there fighting with the boys and being manipulative and doing her thing. So I really love that Bryan took her there. It’s much more interesting to play for me.
Does having her in that darker place make her see Will more clearly or understand him better?
Yeah. Absolutely. She understands probably better the games that the boys have been playing that she was always fighting against in the first two seasons. She was always fighting for the right thing to do, for acceptance, and now it's like she’s gone through so much. She knows that people don’t change and that the only thing to do is to catch this man and stop the madness.
Is her relationship with Mason one of those manipulative relationships?
She’s playing with the devil. She’s really dancing with the devil. She knows what he’s capable of. There’s something about her that happened to her where she’s not afraid to die anymore; she knows what she has to do. There’s a bit of guilt too that she’s carrying from not having seen Hannibal for who he was. She was so close, and she got in the way of Jack and Will catching him because she was so close. They had to navigate around her so that they could get to him. They couldn’t tell her the truth; she would have fought against it. Now she knows she has something to repair and that she may lose her life in the making. But she has to do what she has to do now.
What is the transition like to her next relationship with Margot?
That transition is very strong, but we don’t go far in explaining it or talking about it. Even the scenes with Margot, they won’t be that abundant. There will be one here or there, but it’s more a part of that big shift. Bryan’s take on it was that she had always probably been bisexual, but we had just not heard about it. It makes sense, and I like that the women come together against the brother. I think Bryan's inspiration for that was that old movie Diabolique. He saw the conniving and the two women against the bad guy. There's a big wink, or a homage to that movie.
How does this relationship differ from her previous ones?
With Margot ,she’s probably more careful even though we won’t be seeing much of that. That’s more my backstory. But Margot has been so robbed of her intimacy of her organs and of everything, so Alana knows she can trust her somehow. She’s been so bruised and Alana’s been bruised that way too. In season two there was this scene where Alana was covered in black liquid and all the liquid was coming into her pores and her orifices ... she was poisoned by Hannibal very intimately because she was intimate with that man as well. Margot has been through the same with her brother. They find themselves that way — you can probably tell when you recognize that in someone else. You can trust them and open yourself up.
Any parting words on Hannibal's recent cancelation?
I can't express how proud I am of the work we have done on Hannibal. I am so thankful that I was able to work with Bryan again and be a part of his unique vision. We have the most incredible fans and appreciate their overwhelming support.
Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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