Episode:
3.11: … and the Beast from the Sea

“And I [John of Patmos] stood on the shore of the sea.  And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.  It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.  The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.  The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. … People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast.” (New International Version)

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If Francis is the Dragon, Hannibal is the Beast from the Sea.  How is it possible, though, for Francis to give power to Hannibal?  Ostensibly, Hannibal is the more powerful of the two.  However, three years have passed since Hannibal has been a menace, a danger, a powerful Beast.  Francis doesn’t so much give his power to Hannibal as he provides Hannibal the opportunity to resurrect his own power.  Through Francis the old gang reunites, will returns to Hannibal, Hannibal becomes involved in FBI investigations again, returns Hannibal to the tabloid spotlight, provides him with an opportunity for mischief, etc.

Further evidence of this power by proxy is that Francis is only truly able to become the dragon when he is influencee, supported and protected by Hannibal.  it is in the shadow of Hannibal’s power that Francis is able to flourish.

See: Part 1, The Woman and The Dragon & Part 2, The Beast Out of the Earth