It’s over, it’s done. Hannibal has culminated in a spectacular season finale. When I watched it on Friday morning, my first reaction was stunned shock. I was literally in mourning for half the morning, my stomach churning with sadness, because even though the Red Dragon had it coming, I was not ready to let Dolly go. My first instinct was that I couldn’t possibly find a way to make a shrine for the last instalment of the Red Dragon shrine project. Until I realized that ignorance is bliss, and that I could write the story in a different way in my shrine. So here’s to artistic licence – and to leaving out the bits that do not suit my taste…
For my final (D)RAPS shoot, I was able to bring out the previous five shrines for episodes 3×08 to 3×12. I think I am going to indulge in a final group shot tomorrow, before I send the shrines to their new owners. The last shrine has not been raffled away at the time of writing, and you will find instructions on how to get into the raffle for it at the end of this post. Let me show you what you have a chance to win:
The latest shrine is right there, on top of the others. A red heart for Dolarhyde. And a black one for the Red Dragon.
There was a key scene in the show, and I had some fun playing with keys in my shoot, too. Plus, I got some lovely shallow depth of field in 🙂
Ok, enough teasing. Here’s what’s inside:
As I said, the final episode of Hannibal contained difficult material. I opted to ignore the end and to focus on some of the imagery that had Dolly save Reba. Fire and dragons go together. But let’s pretend that this is not a fire of destruction, but a phoenix from the ashes…
I loved the key scene between Reba and Dolarhyde. Not only because Dolarhyde made sure he saved Reba from the Red Dragon, but because we got a lovely view of that tender throat and neck… So I gave Dolly a key around his neck which the future shrine owner can take off over Dolly’s head and put on again. And his dragon wings hopefully look less creepy in my version…
So that’s the shrine in full glory:
But wait. There is a bit of interactive fun in this shrine – Dolly’s silhouette sits in a slot, hidden behind the “flames”. So he can be removed – which reveals a hidden message… and instead of a Dolarhyde silhouette engulfed in flames, there is a Dolly walking back out:
So yeah, let’s believe in a “happy ever after”…
And *phew* that’s the last of the Red Dragon shrines done.
Would you like this last shrine as a souvenir of a challenging series, a fantastic fan/fandom/fannibal experience and a tragic character? You can win it in my Twitter raffle. These are the instructions to be in the draw:
Go to my Twitter @GuyltyPleasure. I have tweeted seven shrine-related tweets, indicated by numbering (1/7, 2/7…). Quote (which is a kind of RT) my tweet number 7/7, making sure you include the hashtags #Hannibal #HannibalMicDrop. And you are in. RT open until Monday, 31 August 2015, 8am GMT.
The shrine will be sent anywhere in the world, free of charge! And this time I don’t even have to ask for patience – I will do my group shoot in the next couple of days, and then the shrine will be on its way.
Lastly – thank you for your support and indulgence of my Red Dragon shrining efforts. It’s been great fun, and only so because of your kind feedback. We’ll return to regular scheduling, soon – and to more raffles over here on WordPress.