fear is desire

The most prevalent emotion is, ostensibly, fear – which manifests as a fear of intimacy, a fear of opening one’s self up to another person so that they can be seen for who (and what) they truly are. In Francis’ case, having his true self be seen is his greatest fear and his deepest desire. And as the episode here demonstrates, in a beautifully lit sequence bathed in red and green light, highlighting the stop-and-go nature of Francis’ inner turmoil, the conflict of this despair and aspiration causes his relationship with Reba to crumble, largely because of the tremendous obstacle she represents in terms of the actualization of his transformation.

Kevin Yeoman, ‘Hannibal’: Jealousy is a Green Eyed Monster


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