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Will Graham (Character)
from "Hannibal" (2013)

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Red Dragon (2002)
Will Graham: I might not have time.
Hannibal Lecter: I do. I have oodles.

Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecter?
Will Graham: We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princeton student; he gave them a recipe for dip.

Will Graham: I thought you might enjoy the challenge. Find out if you're smarter than the person I'm looking for.
Hannibal Lecter: Then, by implication, you think you're smarter than I am, since it was you who caught me.
Will Graham: No, I know I'm not smarter than you.
Hannibal Lecter: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had... disadvantages.
Hannibal Lecter: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Will Graham: [to Reba] There's nothing wrong with you... except your hair. Your hair is a train wreck.

Will Graham: I need your opinion now.
Hannibal Lecter: Then here's one... you stink of fear under that cheap lotion. You stink of fear Will, but you're not a coward. You fear me, but still you came here. You fear this shy boy, yet still you seek him out. Don't you understand, Will? You caught me because we're very much alike. Without our imaginations, we'd be like all those other poor... dullards. Fear... is the price of our instrument. But I can help you bear it.

Will Graham: He's not collecting body parts. He's eating them.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Tell me, when you saw Lecter's murders, their style, so to speak, were you able perhaps to reconstruct his fantasies? And, if so, did you jot down any impressions?
Will Graham: No.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Let me be frank, Mr. Graham. The first definitive analysis of Lecter will be a publisher's wet dream. I'd give you full credit, of course
[Graham towards cell door]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Dammit, man, you must have some advice. You caught him. What was your trick?
Will Graham: I let him kill me.

Will Graham: What is taking him so long?
Molly: Are you kidding? It takes him 20 minutes to get out of bed in the morning.
Will Graham: Yeah, but now I have a serious marshmallow jones.

Will Graham: He's not going to stop.
Woman Detective: Why not?
Will Graham: Because it makes him God. Would *you* give that up?

[Chilton is explaining the difficulty he's had with Lecter]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: So, you can imagine the stir your little visit is causing among my staff. If you'd care to share some insights...?
Will Graham: Dr. Chilton, I'm sorry. I've got a 4:17 flight back to Atlanta.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: [irritated] Of course.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: There's no paper clips in there. No staples, brads, or ring-binders.
Will Graham: No, I read the security protocols, Dr. Chilton.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Then see you observe them. Though, it is perhaps gratuitous to warn you of all people about how dangerous he can be.

Francis Dolarhyde: Drop it. Do it now gumshoe. Your son is about to change. Then your wife. You can watch, then I'll take care of you.
[Will drops knife]
Will Graham: [to Josh] Look at you! I have never seen a child as disgusting as you! You pissed your pants? How dare you! You want me to cut it off? Is that what you want me to do, you little freak? Don't cry at me you little faggot. Apologize! Say "I'm sorry daddy, I'm a dirty little beast, I'm a freak!... " Say it!
Josh Graham: No.
Will Graham: Say it!
Josh Graham: No, daddy.
Will Graham: Say it or I will cut it off! "... I'm a dirty little beast, freak, hare lip, and no one will ever love me!"

Jack Crawford: How much do you know?
Will Graham: Just what was in the Miami Herald and the Times. Two families killed a month apart in their homes... Birmingham and Atlanta. Circumstances were similar.
Jack Crawford: Not similar, the same.

Byron Metcalf: Son, just tell me you're going to nail that son of a bitch.
Will Graham: We're doing our best.

Jack Crawford: If that painting meant so much to him, why destroy it? And why didn't he kill those two women at the museum? They both got a good look at him.
Will Graham: Maybe he's trying to stop.

Will Graham: This guy's very strong. He's possibly a bodybuilder. He might have some kind of facial disfigurement. He drives a van or a panel truck.
Mr. Fisk: [to the secretary] Sounds like Mr. D.
Chromalux Secretary: Oh, my God.
Jack Crawford: Who's Mr. D?
Mr. Fisk: [to Jack] It's Francis Dolarhyde. He's our manager and technical supervisor.

Hannibal Lecter: That's the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court.
Will Graham: I keep getting it for Christmas.
Hannibal Lecter: Christmas, yes. Did you get my card?

Will Graham: [mocking Hannibal] Your cell looks bigger with no books in it.

Will Graham: [consoling Reba] You didn't draw a freak, you drew a man with a freak on his back.

Jack Crawford: [after Will's visit to Lecter] What do you suppose he meant by "see them living"?
Will Graham: I don't know. I don't know, maybe nothing. It's hard to separate his bullshit.

Will Graham: Jack, there's only one safe way to carry on a conversation that's one-way blind.
Jack Crawford: Publication.

Will Graham: [accosted by Freddie Lounds] You write lying shit, Lounds, and the "Tattler" is an ass wipe!

Manhunter (1986)
Will Graham: I know that I'm not smarter than you.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had disadvantages.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Will Graham: It's just you and me now, sport. And I'm going to find you, God damn it.

Will Graham: This started from an abused kid, a battered infant... There's something terrible about...
Jack Crawford: What are you, sympathizing with this guy?
Will Graham: Absolutely... My heart bleeds for him, as a child. Someone took a kid and manufactured a monster. At the same time, as an adult, he's irredeemable. He butchers whole families to pursue trivial fantasies... As an adult, someone should blow the sick fuck out of his socks...
Will Graham: Do you think that's a contradiction, Jack? Does this kind of understanding make you uncomfortable?

Molly: You're talking - about doing exactly what you said you'd...
Will Graham: This killing... it's gotta stop.
Molly: William... you're gonna make yourself sick or get yourself killed.

Freddy Lounds: How does working on this case affect your sex life?
Will Graham: Mine? It doesn't affect mine, it affects yours. Go fuck yourself!

Will Graham: l'm sick of you, Lecktor. If you've got something to say, say it!
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: l want to help you, Will. You'd be more comfortable if you relaxed with yourself! We don't invent our natures, they're issued to us with our lungs and pancreas and everything else. Why fight it?
Will Graham: Fight what?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? l think you probably did. But it wasn't the act that got to you. Didn't you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good? And why shouldn't it feel good? lt must feel good to God. He does it all the time. God's terrific! He dropped a church roof on 34 of his worshippers in Texas last Wednesday night, just as they were groveling through a hymn to his majesty. Don't you think that felt good?
Will Graham: Why does it feel good, Dr. Lecktor?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: lt feels good because God has power. lf one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is. God's a champ. He always stays ahead. He got 140 Phillipinos in one plane crash last year. Remember that earthquake in ltaly last spring?

Kevin Graham: When are you gonna kill him?
Will Graham: I'm not. It's only my job to find him.

Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecktor?
Will Graham: We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princeton student; he gave 'em a recipe for potato chip dip.

[to Jack, about the Tooth Fairy]
Will Graham: You think I'm gonna see him standing in the street and say "there he is"? That's Houdini you're thinking of.

Jack Crawford: Look, admit we struck out this month. The lear jet is standing by. The basic lab stuff is on it. You, Zeller, Jimmy Price, the photographer. Anywhere he hits, we can be there in an hour and fifteen minutes. We get the call, we roll. The scene will be fresh. Fresher then we've ever had it.
Will Graham: It's not over yet.
Jack Crawford: Oh, for Christ's sake, it's a foregone conclusion! It's 11:30 P.M., the full moon is happening tonight. Give it up. Forget this month. It's too damn late.
Will Graham: I gave it up! Till you showed up with pictures of two dead families, knowing God damn well that I'd imagine families three, four, five and six. Right?
Jack Crawford: You're fucking right I did! And I'd do it again!
Will Graham: Great! But don't talk to me about late, pal! I'll tell you when it's too fucking late! Until then, we go as late as I wanna take it!

[Will remembers the recording on the Leeds' answering machine]
Mrs. Leeds: [recording] Hi, this is Valerie Leeds. Sorry, I can't come to the phone right now.
Will Graham: I'm sorry, too.

[the subject of Hannibal Lector has been brought up]
Kevin Graham: What happened?
Will Graham: Well, Lector was attacking college girls, and he killed them.
Kevin Graham: How?
Will Graham: In bad ways.

Jack Crawford: Listen, Will, have you seen this week's Tattler?
Will Graham: [scoffs] It's not on my preferred reading list, Jack.
Jack Crawford: Yeah, well, uh... your picture's all over the front page.
Will Graham: Who the hell was it? Lounds?
Jack Crawford: Of course. Who else?
Will Graham: Damn it, Jack! I promised Molly. I promised her!

[first lines]
Jack Crawford: We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
Will Graham: I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.

[last lines]
Molly: [looking at the turtles in the hatchery] Hom many of 'em made it!
Will Graham: Most of 'em... Most of 'em made it!

Jack Crawford: So what are we doing?
Will Graham: The dream. He dreams about being wanted and desired. So he changes people into beings who want and desire him.
Jack Crawford: Changes?
Will Graham: It's a word. Killing and arranging the people to imitate it. And Lecktor told me something: "If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is." You put it together, you get: If our boy imitates being wanted and desired enough times, he believes he will become one who is wanted and desired and accepted. It'll all come true.

Will Graham: He never regained consciousness. Did you hear the tape?
Jack Crawford: Yeah. Listen, Bowman just broke the code that Lektor used in the Tattler personal ad. It was the State of Maryland statutes. You need to know what it said right now?
Will Graham: What?
Jack Crawford: Listen to me, everything's OK, I've taken care of it.
Will Graham: What is it, Jack?
Jack Crawford: [angry] Bastard gave him your home address. It said 'Graham home, 3860 DeSoto Highway, Cativa, Florida. Save yourself, kill them all.'

Will Graham: [watching the Leeds and Jacobi films side by side] And you know you need a bolt-cutter and every other Goddamn thing... Because everything with you is seeing, isn't it? Your primary sensory intake that makes your dream live is seeing... Reflections... Mirrors... Images...
Will Graham: [stunned realization] You've seen these films! Haven't you, my man?

Freddy Lounds: Has this case in anyway affected your sex life?
Will Graham: My sex life? Hasn't affected my sex life, it's affected yours. Go fuck yourself.

Will Graham: The Tooth Fairy's gonna go on until we get smart or we get lucky. He won't stop.
Jack Crawford: Why not?
Will Graham: He's got a genuine taste for it.

Freddy Lounds: Has this case in any way affected your sex life?
Will Graham: My sex life? It hasn't affected my sex life, it's affected yours, go fuck yourself.

"Hannibal: The Wrath of the Lamb (#3.13)" (2015)
Will Graham: Ding dong the Dragon's dead
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Are congratulations in order?
Will Graham: I didn't kill him; suicide.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then he wasn't as strong as the Dragon after all
Will Graham: He was trying to stop
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I was rooting for you, Will. It's a shame. Came all this way and you didn't get to kill anybody. Only consolation is Dr. Chilton. Congratulations for the job you did on him. I admired it enormously. What a cunning boy you are.

Will Graham: You turned yourself in so I would always know where you are. But you'd only do that if I rejected you. Goodbye.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Will - was it good to see me?
Will Graham: Good? No.

Francis Dolarhyde: Your face is closed to me
Will Graham: If I can see you, you can see me.
Francis Dolarhyde: Oh, you think you understand, don't you?
Will Graham: I understand that blood and breath are only elements undergoing change to fuel your radiance. Hannibal said those words; to me.
Francis Dolarhyde: I wanted to share with Lecter, and Lecter betrayed me.
Will Graham: And he betrayed me, too.

Will Graham: It really does look black in the moonlight
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: See? This is all I ever wanted for you, Will. For both of us.
Will Graham: It's beautiful

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I thought you said your good-byes.
Will Graham: We've one last good-bye between us.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You didn't just say good-bye, though, did you? That little extra bit at the end. What was that you said?
Will Graham: You'd never have turned yourself in unless I rejected you.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Yes. That extra bit. I believe that's what they call a "mic drop." You dropped the mic, Will, but here you are having to come back and pick it up again.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: "Who holds the Devil, let him hold him well. He will hardly be caught a second time."
Will Graham: I don't intend Hannibal to be caught a second time.

Reba McClane: I drew a freak.
Will Graham: You didn't draw a freak. You drew a man with a freak on his back.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Save yourself, kill them all.
Will Graham: I don't know if I can save myself. Maybe that's just fine.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: See. This is all I ever wanted for you. For both of us.
Will Graham: It's beautiful.

"Hannibal: Naka-Choko (#2.10)" (2014)
Will Graham: You can't reduce me to... a set of influences. I'm not the product of anything. I've given up good and evil... for behaviourism.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then you can't say that I'm evil.
Will Graham: You're destructive. Same thing.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Evil is just destructive? Storms are evil, if it's that simple.

Margot Verger: Who shot you?
Will Graham: A friend.

Margot Verger: Are you scarred?
Will Graham: Probably more than I know.
Margot Verger: I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

Will Graham: This is the nightmare that followed him out of his dreams.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Did you kill him with your hands?
Will Graham: It was... intimate.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It deserves intimacy.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When you killed Randall, did you fantasize you were killing me? Most of what we do, most of what we believe, is motivated by death.
Will Graham: I've never felt as alive as I did when I was killing him.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then you owe Randall Tier a debt.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Don't go inside, Will. You'll want to retreat. You'll want it as the glint of the rail tempts us when we hear the approaching train. Stay with me.
Will Graham: Where else would I go?

Will Graham: You forced me to kill you.
Randall Tier: I didn't force you to enjoy it.

"Hannibal: Primavera (#3.2)" (2015)
Will Graham: Blame has a habit of not sticking to Hannibal Lecter.

Will Graham: You couldn't catch him when he was just a kid, what makes you think you're going to catch him now?
Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi: You.
Will Graham: What makes you think I want to catch him?

Will Graham: You shouldn't be down here alone.
Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi: I'm not alone. I'm with you.
Will Graham: You don't know whose side I'm on.
Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi: What are you going to do when you find him, your il Mostro?
Will Graham: I'm... I'm curious about that myself.
Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi: You and I carry the dead with us, Signor Graham. We both need to unburden.
Will Graham: Why don't you carry your dead back to the chapel before you count yourself among them?
Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi: You are already dead, aren't you?
Will Graham: Buonanotte, commendatore.

Will Graham: Hannibal... I forgive you.

Inspector Donaggio: I read all about your incarceration.
Will Graham: Keep reading. I was acquitted.

Will Graham: [to Rinaldo Pazzi] Praying you catch him? You should be praying he doesn't capture you.

Will Graham: Everything that can happen, happens. It has to end well and it has to end badly. It has to end every way it can.

Will Graham: Hannibal's not God. Wouldn't have any fun being God. Defying God, that's his idea of a good time. Nothing would thrill Hannibal more than to see this roof collapse mid-Mass, packed pews, choir singing... He would just love it. And he thinks God would love it, too.

"Hannibal: Shiizakana (#2.9)" (2014)
Will Graham: I'm the guy who didn't kill all those people.

Will Graham: Guns lack intimacy.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What did you see?
Will Graham: A missed opportunity. To feel like I felt when I killed Garret Jacob Hobbs. To feel like... like I felt when I thought I killed you.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: And what does that feel like?
Will Graham: I felt... a quiet sense of power.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Good.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: So, it's not pulling the trigger you regret. It's not pulling it effectively.
Will Graham: That would be more accurate.

Will Graham: I'm riddled with regrets.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A life without regret would be no life at all.

Will Graham: I'd say this makes us even. I sent someone to kill you, you sent someone to kill me. Even Steven.

Will Graham: Adapt. Evolve. Become.

Will Graham: What do you think about when you think about killing?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I think about God.
Will Graham: Good and evil?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Good and evil has nothing to do with God. I collect church collapses. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? The facade fell on 65 grandmothers during a special mass. Was that evil? Was that God? If he's up there, he just loves it. Typhoid and swans, it all comes from the same place.

"Hannibal: Su-zakana (#2.8)" (2014)
Will Graham: I prefer sins of omission to outright lies, Dr. Lecter. Don't lie to me.

Will Graham: I don't want to kill you, Dr. Lecter. Not now that I finally find you interesting.

Will Graham: Peter... is your social worker inside that horse?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Do you fantasize about killing me?
Will Graham: Yes.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Tell me. How would you do it?
Will Graham: With my hands.

Will Graham: I'm alone in that darkness.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You're not alone, Will. I'm standing right beside you.

Will Graham: Do you have a shadow, Peter? Someone only you can see. Someone you considered a friend. He made you feel less alone. Until you saw what he really is.

Will Graham: Is your social worker in that horse?

"Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed in Sun (#3.10)" (2015)
Will Graham: Poor Dr. Du Maurier - swallowed whole, suffering inside Hannibal Lecter's bowels for what must've felt like an eternity. You didn't lose yourself, Bedelia, you just crawled so far up his ass you couldn't be bothered.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Hello, Will.
Will Graham: You hitched your star to a man commonly known as a monster. You're the Bride of Frankenstein.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: We've both been his bride
Will Graham: How'd you manage to walk away unscarred? I'm covered in scars.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Do no harm
Will Graham: And did you?
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: I did. Technically.
Will Graham: You dared to care
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Not the first time I've lost professional objectivity in a matter where Hannibal is concerned

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: My relationship with Hannibal is not as passionate as yours. You are here visiting an old flame. Is your wife aware of how intimately you and Hannibal know each other?
Will Graham: She's aware enough
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You couldn't save Hannibal. Do you think you can save this new one?

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You are not a killer. You are capable of righteous violence because you are compassionate.
Will Graham: How are you capable?
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Extreme acts of cruelty require a high level of empathy. The next time you have an instinct to help someone, you might consider crushing them instead. It might save you a great deal of trouble.

Will Graham: Poor Dr. Du Maurier. Swallowed whole, suffering inside Hannibal Lecter's bowels for what must have felt like an eternity. You didn't lose yourself, Bedelia, you just crawled so far up his ass you couldn't be bothered.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Hello, Will.
Will Graham: You hitched your star to a man commonly known as a monster... you're the bride of Frankenstein.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: We've both been his bride.
Will Graham: How'd you manage to walk away unscarred. I'm covered in scars.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: I wasn't myself. You were. Even when you weren't, you were.
Will Graham: I wasn't wearing adequate armor.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: No. You were naked... have you been to see him?
Will Graham: Yes.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You haven't learned your lesson, have you? Or did you just miss him that much.
Will Graham: [pauses] Have you been to see him?
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: I've seen enough of him... I was with him behind the veil. You were always on the other side.
[she walks away]
Will Graham: Something we should talk about.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You'll have to make an appointment.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You're walking down the street and you see a wounded bird in the grass. What's your first thought?
Will Graham: It's vulnerable. I want to help it.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: My first thought is also that it's vulnerable. And yet... I want to crush it. A primal rejection of weakness which is every bit as natural as the nurturing instinct. Of course, I wouldn't crush it, but my first thought is to do just that.

"Hannibal: Coquilles (#1.5)" (2013)
Will Graham: I'm sorry it's so early.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Never apologize for coming to me. Office hours are for patients. My kitchen is always open to friends.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You entered into a devil's bargain with Jack Crawford. It takes a toll.
Will Graham: No, Jack isn't the devil.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When it comes to how far he's willing to push you to get what he wants, he's certainly no saint.

Jack Crawford: There are no jurisdictional rivalries here. The local police begged us to take this. Where's your head?
Will Graham: It's on my pillow. I didn't sleep.
Jack Crawford: Got just the thing to wake you up.
[Will and Jack enter the grisly crime scene]
Will Graham: Okay, I'm awake.

Will Graham: Did you just smell me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Difficult to avoid. I really must introduce you to a finer aftershave. That smells like something with a ship on the bottle.
Will Graham: Well, I keep getting it for Christmas.

Beverly Katz: "Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws."
Brian Zeller: Robert Frost.
Will Graham: Jim Morrison.
Beverly Katz: Even a drunk with a flair for the dramatic can convince himself he's God. Or the Lizard King.
Jimmy Price: God makes angels. Jesus was fond of fishermen. Are we talking hardcore Judeo Christian upsetting, or just upsetting in general?
Will Graham: This is a very specific upsetting.
Brian Zeller: Increased serotonin in the wounds is much higher than the free histamines, so, uh... she lived for about fifteen minutes after she was skinned.
Jimmy Price: Powder residue on the neck of the soda bottle shows Vecuronium - scotch and soda and a paralytic agent.
Brian Zeller: Kneeling in supplication at the feet of G-dash-D.
Jimmy Price: Supplication is the most common form of prayer. "Gimme, gimme, gimme."
Will Graham: They weren't praying to him. They were praying for him. He's afraid.
Beverly Katz: What is somebody who could do something like this afraid of?
Will Graham: What's in his vomit?
Jimmy Price: Uh... dexamethosone...
Brian Zeller: That's used for patients with tumors.
Jimmy Price: ...Keppra...
Brian Zeller: He was epileptic. Radiation?
Jimmy Price: Gamma four.
Brian Zeller: Steroids for the inflammation, anticonvulsants for the seizures, radiation for the chemotherapy. Our guy has a brain tumor.
Will Graham: He's afraid of dying in his sleep. He's making angels to watch over him.

Will Graham: God didn't give him insight, God game him a tumor.

"Hannibal: Amuse-Bouche (#1.2)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: Therapy is an acquired taste I have yet to acquire.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It wasn't the act of killing Hobbs that got you down, was it?... Did you really feel so bad because killing him felt so good?
Special Agent Will Graham: ...I liked killing Hobbs.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Killing must feel good to God, too... He does it all the time, and are we not created in His image?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: God's terrific. He dropped a church roof on thirty-four of his worshippers last Wednesday night in Texas while they sang at him.
Special Agent Will Graham: Did God feel good about that?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: He felt powerful.

Special Agent Will Graham: I don't consider Hobbs my victim.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What do you consider him?
Special Agent Will Graham: Dead.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When you shot Eldon Stammets, who was it that you saw?
Special Agent Will Graham: I didn't see Hobbs.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then it's not Hobbs's ghost that's haunting you, is it? It's the inevitability of there being a man so bad that killing him felt good.
Special Agent Will Graham: Killing Hobbs felt *just*.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Which is why you're here. To prove that sprig of zest you feel is from saving Abigail, and not from killing her dad.
Special Agent Will Graham: I didn't feel a sprig of zest when I shot Eldon Stammets.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You didn't kill Eldon Stammets.
Special Agent Will Graham: ...I thought about it. I'm still not entirely sure that wasn't my intention when pulling the trigger.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If your intention was to kill him then it's because you understand why he did the things he did. It's beautiful, in it's own way.

"Hannibal: Apéritif (#1.1)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: I don't find you very interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.

Will Graham: Don't psychoanalyze me. You won't like me when I'm psychoanalyzed.

Special Agent Will Graham: This is my design.

Special Agent Will Graham: Everyone has thought about killing someone, one way or another, be it your own hand or the hand of God. Now think about killing Mrs. Marlow. Why did she deserve this? Tell me your design. Tell me who you are.

Jack Crawford: What are you doing in here?
Special Agent Will Graham: I enjoy the smell of urinal cake.

"Hannibal: Yakimono (#2.7)" (2014)
Will Graham: You can't trust any of this to be what it seems.

Will Graham: I'd like to resume my therapy.

Dr. Alana Bloom: Are you going to try to hurt Hannibal again? Is he safe?
Will Graham: From me or for you?

Dr. Alana Bloom: You challenged my whole framework of assumptions about the way you are, the way I think you are.
Will Graham: Well, the way you think I am isn't always a reliable guide to who I am.
Dr. Alana Bloom: I was wrong about you.
Will Graham: Because you didn't believe me, or *in* me? Because you let me question my sanity? My sense of reality?
Dr. Alana Bloom: Because you tried to kill Hannibal.

Will Graham: He's dangerous, Alana. I suggest you stay as far away from Hannibal as you can.

"Hannibal: The Number of the Beast Is 666 (#3.12)" (2015)
Will Graham: I look at my wife and I see her dead. And I see Mrs. Leeds and Mrs. Jacobi lying where Molly should be.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Do you see yourself killing her?
Will Graham: Yes. Over and over.

Will Graham: Is Hannibal in love with me?
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for you and find nourishment at the very sight of you? Yes. But do you... ache for him?

Will Graham: If you play, you pay.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You were curious what would happen, that's apparent. Is this what you were expecting?
Will Graham: I can't say I'm surprised.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Then you may as well have struck the match. That's... participation.

Will Graham: Is Hannibal in love with me?

"Hannibal: Takiawase (#2.4)" (2014)
Beverly Katz: I'll look for clever details, but I'm not looking for Hannibal.
Will Graham: Just as long as you're looking.

Will Graham: Stay away from Hannibal Lector.

Will Graham: Either I'm a psychopath or I'm delusional, or I'm right about Hannibal Lector. Aren't you curious which one it is?

Beverly Katz: You were right. Killer was in the mural. Just where you said he'd be. His name was James Gray. We found his vehicle outside the farm. Enough DNA on the bed of his truck for us to be confident he's the Muralist.
Will Graham: You found as much evidence on him as you did on me.
Beverly Katz: I'm glad you said it.
Will Graham: Who stitched him into the mural?
Beverly Katz: We don't know. He may have had a partner. Another killer. Maybe they had a suicide pact.
Will Graham: No. There was no partner. This artist worked alone until he was stitched into his own creation.
Beverly Katz: No signs of a struggle.
Will Graham: No. So this second killer, whoever he is, understood the Muralist well enough not just to find his canvas, but well enough to convince him to be part of it.
Beverly Katz: You have an idea who that might be?
Will Graham: I do.
Beverly Katz: Don't say Hannibal Lecter.
Will Graham: I'm saying Hannibal Lecter.
Beverly Katz: Didn't you stop ringing that bell?
Will Graham: I'm not asking you to believe anything you can't prove. I'm just asking you to prove it.
Beverly Katz: Hannibal Lecter has no reason...
Will Graham: That is exactly right. He has no discernable reason other than his own amusement and curiosity.

Beverly Katz: Whoever killed James Gray didn't just take his leg. Sutures hidden beneath the stitching that wove him into the mural. One crime made to look like another.
Will Graham: Like the copycat. And the Chesapeake Ripper.
Beverly Katz: Now you're saying Hannibal Lecter is the Chesapeake Ripper?
Will Graham: I'm saying also the Chesapeake Ripper. Um... Were the kidneys surgically removed?
Beverly Katz: Yes.
Will Graham: Dr. Lecter was a surgeon.
Beverly Katz: I know he was. I asked him to consult on James Gray's autopsy.
Will Graham: [alarmed] You what? If you invited him with an actual agenda, Hannibal would know it.
Beverly Katz: He pointed me to the evidence.
Will Graham: He pointed you to an absence of evidence. He's baiting a hook, Beverly. He's toying with you. Go to Jack. Tell him everything.
Beverly Katz: I can't bring this to Jack until I can back it up.
Will Graham: Stay away from Hannibal Lecter.
Beverly Katz: The Chesapeake Ripper took surgical trophies. If Hannibal's the Ripper, what's he doing with his trophies?
Will Graham: [coming to the realization] He's eating them.

"Hannibal: Savoureux (#1.13)" (2013)
[evidence suggests Will murdered Abigail Hobbs]
Will Graham: Hi.
Dr. Alana Bloom: Hi.
Will Graham: You look flushed. Have you been yelling?
Dr. Alana Bloom: Screaming is more like it.

Will Graham: I thought I would get better.

Will Graham: [to Hannibal] I know who I am. But I am not so sure that I know who you are anymore.

Will Graham: Guess you dodged a bullet with me.
Dr. Alana Bloom: I don't feel like I dodged a bullet. I feel wounded.

"Hannibal: Kaiseki (#2.1)" (2014)
Will Graham: I hear Hannibal's voice in the well of my mind. I hear him saying words that he's never said to me, it isn't my imagination, it's something else.

Will Graham: I am not the intelligent psychopath you've been looking for.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Friendship can sometimes involve a breach of individual separateness.
Will Graham: You're not my friend. The, uh, light from friendship won't reach us for a million years. That's how far away from friendship we are.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I imagine it's easier to believe I'm responsible for those murders than it is to accept that you are.
Will Graham: Sure is.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Lost in thought?
Will Graham: Not lost. Not anymore. I used to hear the thoughts inside my skull with the same... tone, timbre, accent, as if the words were coming out of my mouth.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: And now?
Will Graham: Now... my inner voice sounds like you. I can't get you out of my head.

"Hannibal: Sakizuke (#2.2)" (2014)
Will Graham: Reasons for stopping multiple murders do readily occur to me, buy, um, i'm going to need something in return.

Will Graham: [to Hannibal] I felt so betrayed by you. Betrayal was the only thing that felt real to me.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I've been advised to stay on this side of the line.
Will Graham: Select patients have taken to urinating on the therapists.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I would argue drawing a line might encourage a pissing contest.
Will Graham: I'm not interested in having a pissing contest with you, Dr. Lecter. Please, pull up your chair.

Will Graham: I'm curious. What did Hannibal Lecter have to say about Mr. Umber?
Beverly Katz: He thinks the killer tore him down, dumped his body like the others.
Will Graham: That may be what he said, it's not necessarily what he thinks.

"Hannibal: Mizumono (#2.13)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I have let you know me, see me. I gave you a rare gift, but you didn't want it.
Will Graham: Didn't I?

Will Graham: You were supposed... to leave.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: We couldn't leave without you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You would deny me my life.
Will Graham: No, not your life, no.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: My freedom then, you would take that from me. Confine me in a prison cell. Do you believe you could change me, the way I've changed you?
Will Graham: I already did.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Fate and circumstance have returned us to this moment, when the teacup shatters. I forgive you, Will. Will you forgive me?

"Hannibal: Fromage (#1.8)" (2013)
Will Graham: This is a skilled musician trying a new instrument.

Will Graham: [about Alana Bloom] She's very kissable

Will Graham: I feel like I have dragged you into my world.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: No, I got here on my own, but I appreciate the company.

"Hannibal: ...And the Beast from the Sea (#3.11)" (2015)
Will Graham: He's contacted you
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How do you imagine he's contacted me - personal ads? Writing notes of admiration on toilet paper?

Will Graham: I'm just about worn out with you crazy sons of bitches
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The essence of the worst in the human spirit is not found in the crazy sons of bitches. Ugliness is found in the faces of the crowd.
Will Graham: What did you say to him?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Save yourself, kill them all. Then I gave him your home address. How's the wife?

"Hannibal: Ko No Mono (#2.11)" (2014)
Will Graham: I told everyone Hannibal was a killer, and no one believed me. Just like no one would believe you if you said I was a killer.

Will Graham: What god do you pray to?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I don't pray. I have not been bothered by any considerations of deity, other than to recognize how my own modest actions pale beside those of God.

"Hannibal: Tome-wan (#2.12)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Dreams prepare us for waking life.
Will Graham: It's one thing to dream, it's another to... understand the nature of the dream.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You're waking up to who you are. That's all you need to understand.

Will Graham: What are you feeding my dogs?
Mason Verger: Just me!

"Hannibal: Hassun (#2.3)" (2014)
Will Graham: What do you want?
Dr. Alana Bloom: I want to save you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It seems you have an admirer.
Will Graham: You think someone sent me an ear because they admire me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The boundaries of what's considered normal are getting narrower. Outside those boundaries, this may be intended as a helpful gesture.
Will Graham: How far would you go to help me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It hadn't occurred to me to send you an ear.

"Hannibal: Digestivo (#3.7)" (2015)
Will Graham: You're going to eat him... With my face?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Do we talk about teacups and time and the rules of disorder?
Will Graham: The teacup's broken. It's never going to gather itself back together again.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Not even in your mind? Your memory palace is building. It's... full of new things. It shares some rooms with my own. I've discovered you there, victorious.
Will Graham: When it comes to you and me, there can be no decisive victory.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: We are in zero-sum game?
Will Graham: I miss my dogs. I'm not going to miss you. I'm not going to find you. I'm not going to look for you. I don't want to know where you are or what you do. I don't want to think about you anymore.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You delight in wickedness and then berate yourself for the delight.
Will Graham: You delight. I tolerate. I don't have your appetite. Goodbye, Hannibal.

"Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed with the Sun (#3.9)" (2015)
Will Graham: [to Freddie Lounds] You called us Murder Husbands.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You just came here to look at me. Came to get the old scent again. Why don't you just smell yourself?
Will Graham: I expected more of you, Doctor. That routine... is old hat.

"Hannibal: The Great Red Dragon (#3.8)" (2015)
Will Graham: What's going to happen to it?
Jack Crawford: Please don't worry about the dog.

Will Graham: If I go, I'll be different when I get back.

"Hannibal: Aperitivo (#3.4)" (2015)
Dr. Alana Bloom: Friendship with Hannibal is a blackmail elevated to the level of love
Will Graham: Mutually unspoken pact to ignore the worst in one another in order to continue enjoying the best

Jack Crawford: You remember when you decided to call Hannibal?
Will Graham: I wasn't decided when I called him. I just called him. I deliberated while the phone rang. I decided when I heard his voice.
Jack Crawford: You told him we knew.
Will Graham: I told him to leave, 'cause I wanted him to run.
Jack Crawford: Why?
Will Graham: Because... Because he was my friend. And because I wanted to run away with him.

"Hannibal: Relevés (#1.12)" (2013)
Will Graham: [about Virginia Madchen's death] Listen, something went wrong, and we will never know what that is, but for all the doctors she saw, for all of the help she received, she was fighting that wrong alone.
Jack Crawford: There is nothing you could do about that.
Will Graham: All her adult life this woman was misunderstood, and what I can do is make sure that her death isn't misunderstood... She didn't kill herself.

Abigail Hobbs: Do you ever hunt?
Will Graham: I fish.
Abigail Hobbs: It's the same thing, isn't it? One you stalk, the other you lure.
Will Graham: Were you more a fisherman or a hunter?
Abigail Hobbs: My dad taught me how to hunt.
Will Graham: No, that's not what I'm asking. All those girls your dad killed... Did you fish, or did you hunt, Abigail?
Abigail Hobbs: I was the lure.

"Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)
Will Graham: Captor bonding. It's a passive psychological response to a new master. Been an essential survival tool for a million years. You bond with your captor, you survive. You don't, you're breakfast.

Will Graham: There's something so foreign about family. Like an ill-fitting suit. I never connected to the concept.

"Hannibal: Secondo (#3.3)" (2015)
Will Graham: We construct fairy tales and we accept them. Our minds concoct all sorts of fantasies when we don't want to believe something.

Will Graham: You're keeping him like an animal.
Chiyo: I wouldn't do this to an animal.

"Hannibal: Dolce (#3.6)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Would you have done it quickly, or would you have stopped to gloat?
Will Graham: Does God gloat?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Often

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If I saw you every day, forever, Will, I would remember this time.
Will Graham: Strange seeing you here in front of me. Been staring at afterimages of you in places you haven't been in years.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: "To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig."
Will Graham: I wanted to understand you before I laid eyes on you again. I needed it to be clear... what I was seeing.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Where does the difference between the past and the future come from?
Will Graham: Mine? Before you and after you. Yours? It's all starting to blur. Mischa. Abigail. Chiyoh.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How is Chiyoh?
Will Graham: She pushed me off a train.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Atta girl.
Will Graham: You and I have begun to blur.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Isn't that how you found me?
Will Graham: Every crime of yours... feels like one I am guilty of. Not just Abigail's murder, every murder... stretching backward and forward in time.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Freeing yourself from me and... me freeing myself from you, they're the same.
Will Graham: We're conjoined. I'm curious whether either of us can survive separation.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Now is the hardest test: not letting rage and frustration... nor forgiveness keep you from thinking. Shall we?
Will Graham: After you.

"Hannibal: Buffet Froid (#1.10)" (2013)
Jack Crawford: [Talking at the Dr. Sutcliffe murder scene] Georgia Madchen followed you here, and while you're ticking away in the MRI, she does this to your doctor... Why him?
Will Graham: She can't see faces. Maybe she thought he was me.
Jack Crawford: All right, while we're at it, why you?
Will Graham: I don't know... I have a habit of collecting strays... I-I-I told her, tried to tell her the night I saw her, I tried to tell her she was alive. Maybe she heard me... Maybe that hadn't occurred to her in a while.

"Hannibal: Entrée (#1.6)" (2013)
Will Graham: What effect were you hoping to have by killing the night nurse?
Dr. Abel Gideon: The effect I was hoping to have was her death. Mission accomplished.

"Hannibal: Futamono (#2.6)" (2014)
Jack Crawford: Hannibal Lecter is not the Chesapeake Ripper.
Will Graham: If the Ripper is killing, you can bet Hannibal Lecter is having a dinner party. You and I probably sipped wine while swallowing the people who who we were trying to give justice, Jack.

"Hannibal: Mukozuke (#2.5)" (2014)
Dr. Abel Gideon: [Talking about Chesapeake Ripper] He is the Devil, Mr. Graham... He is smoke. You'll never "catch" the Ripper. He won't be caught. If you want him... you will have to kill him.
Will Graham: Fair enough.

"Hannibal: Trou Normand (#1.9)" (2013)
Will Graham: I'm sorry about yesterday.
Jack Crawford: Sorry about what?
Will Graham: I... I wasn't feeling like myself.
Jack Crawford: Well, not feeling like yourself, that's kind of what you do, isn't it?

"Hannibal: Potage (#1.3)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: It isn't very smart to piss off a guy who thinks about killing people for a living.

"Hannibal: Contorno (#3.5)" (2015)
Chiyo: Birds eat thousands of snails everyday. Some of those snails survive digestion and emerge to find they've traveled the world.
Will Graham: In the belly of the beast.