The waiting is over. He is finally here. The Red Dragon has emerged. Last night episode 3×08 of Hannibal was aired and boy, was it a show! Richard Armitage totally blows it out of the water
hehe again. Not that I am *really* surprised. We *know* he is good, and the trailers that had been released in the run-up to the start of the Red Dragon story arc, already showed that he is performing at his creepiest and most effective. Congratulations, Richard – your Francis Dolarhyde is stunning! And a review is in order. (To be posted separately) So, despite reservations about Hannibal I can say one thing: I am hooked. I am in.
Inspiration was quick to follow. Armitage as Dolarhyde is hard to resist. And so I sat down to make a RAPS, my interpretation of episode 8 in season 3 of Hannibal, The Great Red Dragon.
I like to think that those red and orange swirly bits look like fire, breathed by a dragon… But wait, we are not quite there yet. Episode 8 was all about introducing us to Francis Dolarhyde. So that’s what is contained in the shrine.
Francis in his attic, training and on his way of becoming the Red Dragon. As yet untattooed, but all the better for us to appreciate the muscular landscape of his back. He really dangles on those rings, btw – you can move him around. And the little Hannibal sign behind him can actually be removed if that is too much advertising for the owner’s taste.
Staying with young Dolarhyde, here is the bottom of the tin:
What’s he looking at? The Great Red Dragon? Or the tattoo (that’s a detail of it in the background)?
And the crop of the picture is no coincidence. I wanted to get the Hannibal sign in. Ahem. Yeah, right. P-p-p-p-p-peaches.
So a shrine for Dolarhyde? Dubious, of course. We know what he will become. But well, I suspend my knowledge for a moment and I light a candle to his redemption.
Making this RAPS was a pleasure. InspiRAtion is so easy when Richard is involved. And there will be more to come. Five glorious episodes. Five more shrines?! Yes. I’ve decided to make a RAPS series of six. One for each episode. So watch this space, this is only 1/6.
For those of you who only look at Twitter intermittently: I posted the shrine last night during the live-tweeting session for #BeholdTheRedDragon and have thrown in it in a raffle. It’s the first time I am raffling something off over there, so let’s see how that goes.
— Guylty Pleasure (@GuyltyPleasure) July 26, 2015
If you are interested, you have until 10am EDT (that is New York time, or 3pm GMT for those who do not live in the US) to retweet my original tweet above (not the blog post’s tweet), including the hashtags #BeholdTheRedDragon and #Hannibal, and you are in the raffle for it.
Good luck! ❤️ 🀄