An episode that could very well be the series finale, as it brings us all the way up to the beginning of the Thomas Harris novels (excluding Hannibal Rising). The Italy portion of this season comes to a close, as does Mason Verger's story line. This episode brings us some of the most bizarre and upsetting imagery of the series, which says a lot. All in all a superb episode of television that doesn't pull a single punch in wrapping up its ongoing stories.
The Francis Bacon painting we spoke about in the episode, entitled Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X