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Anonymous said: Okay, I'm not a medical student and I love Chilton as much as the next person, but I'm really.... skeptical about how he could have survived? As far as I know, headshots have a pretty good chance of being deadly (as in, on the spot), and if not, he would definitely lose his motor skills, possibly memory, and living with a brain injury after that, sheesh... I find myself wondering if they're bringing him back just for the heck of it. I don't know. Can someone smarter than me help me with this?
I would just like to preface this response by saying I am not a medical student and I’m drawing on the research of people far more knowledgeable than myself.
And for anyone who is still unsure, Bryan has confirmed many times that Chilton did definitely survive. This is a discourse on how he survived, not if he did.
I’m going to discuss this 1) from a real world medical point of view first, and then move on to 2) the plot implications within the show.
But first, lets take another close look at what happened to Chilton:
So we see the wound enter his cheek, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it exits but it appears to be at the back of his skull. The bullet moves from front to back in a diagonal, left-side to right-side trajectory. Statistics show that a bullet moving from left to right across the cranium tends to be more fatal than from front to back, so there’s a point for Chilton.
So this is my rough guess at charting the trajectory of the bullet.
The wound is craniofacial and seems to miss the majority of brain tissue, meaning that there is less damage to the brain than say, a shot to the temple, which with the right rehabilitation could allow the neurons and paths of the brain to repair themselves, depending how wide the tissue damage is. But as to the specific injuries and complications this would result in I can’t be sure.
From the studies that I consulted, it seems that direct gunshot wounds to the face have a mortality rate of around 90% (varies from study to study). However, there are many noted cases of survival. And this statistic does include suicides conducted at point blank range, as well as shots inflicted by all types of firearms, including high caliber rifles, etc. which would increase the mortality rate. I’m not sure of the exact weapon here but the internet informs me most FBI carry a Glock 23 with either .40 or 9mm caliber bullets, so I’ll go with that.
I think there is one very important thing in Chilton’s favour here. And that is that all studies note a relationship between a bullet traveling at high-velocity and subsequent likelihood of death. I included the first gif for a reason: the bullet goes through the glass first, and therefore decreases the speed that it is traveling at. I think this indicates that Chilton would have a much better survival rate as the transfer of wounding energy should be less.
(Interestingly, in a study carried out by Indiana University “presence of an exit wound was non-survivable 85% of the time while no exit wound was associated with only a 65% chance of death”, and considering the bullet had already been slowed down by the glass, it would have been both more realistic and survivable if the bullet was still lodged inside his cranium.)
If he were to survive the initial wound (which he did), statistics show that around half of survivors have long term issues such as memory loss, motor skills, nervous system damage, and so on. I think he would definitely require reconstructive surgery, as around 70% of survivors do. The trajectory of Chilton’s wound could likely result in spinal cord damage.
As to whether they’re bringing him back just for the heck of it, I don’t think so. Statistically it is possible to survive, and he was in a position to get immediate medical attention and there a number of factors which I’ve outlined that work in his favour. Bryan doesn’t tend to do make things happen just for the sake of it, but the show does require a certain suspension of disbelief and I think Chilton’s injury fits into that vein. I’d argue it’s far less unrealistic than Hannibal removing Miriam’s arm and keeping her alive for two years, or Randall Tier’s human-animbal hybrid, or the horse/human/bird turducken.
But what this does mean is that when Hannibal comes to be a prisoner under Chilton at the Baltimore State Hospital, there’s a much more personal enmity. The kidney injury from the first season was Gideon, and he’s dead now. Although Miriam shot Chilton, it may as well have been Hannibal’s hand pulling the trigger. It was all engendered by Hannibal, he was his patsy. That’s pretty strong grounds for a grudge, and, hopefully, some absolutely delicious (and sassy) scenes between the two of them.
Plot-wise, I don’t know whether Bryan will give Chilton another long-term debilitating injury (beyond the physical scar of a gunshot to the face), when he already has the cane. I think it would make sense statistically, and it is especially likely that he wouldn’t remember the shooting, and he may not remember Hannibal’s guilt.
However, Bryan has said repeatedly that Chilton’s role is humor relief, and incapacitating him too far could detract from this. But it could also work if every season he gets another injury and by the end of the show he looks like the Black Knight from Monty Python.
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