Lecter is a man of opportunity, he sees opportunities everywhere. When he sees Will, he recognizes himself to a degree. Lecter has a lot of empathy but he uses it as a tool, Will has a lot of empathy but has no idea what to do with it. That’s a nice opportunity; [he] will help this young man open his eyes to his real potential. That’s what Hannibal is hoping for. But he also sees an opportunity for a friend, which he’s probably not had too many of. Even though I’m the puppeteer, Hannibal really, really loves Will.