While Will continues to assert his innocence, Hannibal and Jack try to come to terms with the fact that he's in jail; Kade Purnell visits Will.
The BAU team narrows in on the origin of the discarded bodies from the soupy crime scene, working to discover the killer's artful plan, while Will Graham begins an artful plan of his own from within the asylum.
Jack Crawford risks his job by going against the FBI's directives and revealing to the court that it was his hand that pushed Will to his limit. It is now Hannibal's turn to get in the box and give testimony. An unknown copycat has appeared who is killing in the style of Minnesota Shrike. Will Graham's lawyer sees this as a good omen and changes the defense strategy. Good luck knocks at Will's door in the guise of an unexpected twist at the end.
The FBI is called in when a dead body is discovered, the skull converted into a beehive. Meanwhile Beverly Katz finds a clue about the mural killer that sends her down a deadly path.
Freddie Lounds finds Beverly's sectioned corpse; Will meets the copycat killer and orders him to kill Hannibal. Gideon overhears this and gives Alana the chance to save Will from becoming a murderer.
A city councilman's body is found intertwined with a tree; Jack crashes Hannibal's dinner party to investigate Will's suspicions; a revelation shocks everyone.
Will is released from Chilton's Asylum, while the discovery of Miriam Lass gives Jack new hope in finding the Chesapeake Ripper.
Will assists the investigation into a woman's body found inside a horse, while Alana frets about Will's intentions toward Hannibal. With the clock ticking, Will and Hannibal race to protect a witness they believe to be in great peril.
The BAU team look into the case of a truck driver's body that appears to have been torn apart by two different animal species. Will meets Hannibal's strange new patient after one of his sessions. Determined to find Will's true self, Hannibal devises a test but the results surprise him.
Will's willingness to go to dark places strengthens his bond with Hannibal – and garners Jack's attention; Hannibal gives Margot advice about her brother's violent nature.
Jack Crawford and his team discover the truth about Freddie Lounds' disappearance. Alana is worried about Will's mental state but her fears are forgotten when he encourages her to arm and protect herself. Mason Verger is suspicious about Margot, his sister which he thinks is trying to take power by getting pregnant with an heir. By confessing to Will about how Abigail Hobbs reminded him of his sister, Hannibal complicates Will's understanding about why she had to die.
During a therapy session, Will shares a vision of how he would kill Hannibal. Meanwhile, an increasingly impatient Jack brings in a surprise witness to help Will catch Hannibal.
Hannibal is getting ready to face Agent Jack. Will Graham is preparing for justice to be served by catching Hannibal in act. But Hannibal has some surprises up his sleeves.