After last night’s riveting Season 1 finale, it’s been hard to stop thinking about the direction in which “Hannibal” will go next year in Season 2. If you feel the same, then check out these tidbits executive producer Bryan Fuller shared with TV Guide.
The highlights of Fuller’s chat with the Guide are below, but there’s lots more, including how that damn ear got inside Will, so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.
Jack (Laurence Fishburne) conveniently comes in after Will (Hugh Dancy) accuses Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) of all the murders. Would Jack have been swayed if he had heard Will’s thoughts?
Fuller: In Season 2 Jack will be investigating those accusations. I think after Will woke up from getting shot by Jack and before he was put into the institution, he shared his theories about Hannibal. Now it’s up to those characters and Hannibal Lecter to either support or deny those accusations in a properly investigated way.
Do you intend to keep Will locked up for a while?
Fuller: He will be incarcerated, and we will be dealing with all of the threads of that. We need to see all of the things happen that would happen in that scenario. Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders that he may or may not have committed. Jack has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will, and Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see. The ball is up in the air in so many ways for Jack and Hannibal and Will. The fun of Season 2 will be spiking those balls.
Will Dr. Chilton get his organs put back inside himself and be trying to analyze Will’s mind?
Fuller: Yes. I would love to have a lot more of Raul Esparza and Dr. Frederick Chilton in Season 2. He will be a nemesis of sorts for Will in the institution.
Does Will have any allies at this point? Perhaps Alana (Caroline Dhavernas)?
Fuller: I think we’ll see shifts in relationships. Will has always felt alone, and we’ve seen him victimized by his isolation in the first season. Now, Will has to step up and defend himself and also be much more proactive as a character because it is his life on the line. The tragedy for Will is that he allowed himself to open up and get close to Hannibal, and now he fears that that is the exact wrong person that he should have been so intimate with. Hannibal has so clearly convinced all of those around Will that Will could be capable of all of this. And Will has convinced everyone around him that he could capable of this by his own behavior.
Can Will distance himself from Hannibal, or will he have access to him as his attending psychiatrist?
Fuller: Hannibal will always want to be close to Will. He sees a great potential in Will as this pure human being, and he’s seduced by Will’s purity. He’s attracted to it, and he’s also very eager to conquer it in some way.
Is Hannibal’s obsession with Will also an attempt to more fully understand himself?
Fuller: Hannibal’s absolutely on a journey of self-exploration, and he’s fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that’s come over him. It’s sort of like somebody who is falling in love for the first time and had never felt that was actually a possibility for them. That’s a fresh, unexplored territory for Hannibal that is exciting to him and interesting to him. Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham.
But for now, Hannibal is on top.
Fuller: Hannibal Lecter has won this round, certainly. But one of the exciting things moving forward with Season 2 is that Will has hit rock bottom. One of the great gifts that the universe can give somebody in a tumultuous state of mind is for them to hit rock bottom and be free. Now, Will has nothing to lose, and he will be a very dangerous dance partner for Hannibal Lecter.
“Hannibal” is based on the characters from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer. In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Gaumont International Television, Dino De Laurentiis Company, and Living Dead Guy Productions and co-commissioned internationally by Sony Pictures Television Networks.
The new season will begin no earlier than midseason.
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