Bryan Fuller Offers Up a Few Clues of What’s Ahead in Hannibal Season 3

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Bryan Fuller Offers Up a Few Clues of What's Ahead in Hannibal Season 3Now that a little time has passed and we’ve come to terms with the Season 2 finale of “Hannibal,” we’ve begun to ponder what’s ahead in Season 3. Fortunately, series creator Bryan Fuller chatted with TV Guide following Friday night’s episode and provided a few juicy teasers for us all…

The article contains a lot of explanation and expansion of what we saw in Episode 2.13, “Mizumono,” so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page for the full interview. What we have here are just the highlights of what’s upcoming.

Is this truly the end of Will and Hannibal’s relationship? Will does see the stag die…
Fuller: The stag always represented the connection between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. He started seeing the stag after he was first exposed to Hannibal’s murder of Cassie Boyle impaled on the stag head in the field. It felt like, at that moment, the relationship that they had has died. Whatever comes next between them will be a fresh new hell. … In any relationship, when you throw a fit and end a relationship in dramatic fashion, later you might be going, “Oh, I do sort of miss them.” [Laughs] The obsession is going to always work both ways between these two gentlemen.

So it’s safe to assume that Will survives?
Fuller: We are staying very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and its very basic outcome.

Any clues about the others? Will they make it as well?
Fuller: There’s going to be an impact from what’s happened here. It’s safe to say that not everybody survives. Everyone that’s laying there breathing could be breathing their last breaths. It doesn’t go well for all of them… Will Alana survive, and will Jack Crawford survive? Will Abigail Hobbs survive? Those are things that are going to be revealed very slowly at the beginning of Season 3… I’m speaking of everybody in that house that was dying. And it doesn’t just mean that only one person could be dead.

Hannibal escaped to France with Dr. Du Maurier; has she been in on this the whole time?
Fuller: The answers to exactly why Bedelia Du Maurier is on a plane to France with Hannibal Lecter [are] all part of the first episode of Season 3, which will essentially function as a new pilot for a new series because everything’s different… if I had my druthers, [Gillian Anderson would] be a series regular in Season 3.

Is the point of view of next season more squarely about Hannibal?
Fuller: Season 3 is going to be a lot of fun because it’s going to be taking a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel Hannibal and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season. It’s going to be fun to bastardize two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season. I will brace everybody right now: We’re significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising…

The books won’t necessarily be in sequential order. We’ll be hitting elements of each of them except Silence of the Lambs in the next season. My hope is that not only do we have a completely different Hannibal Lecter story in Season 3, but we will meet some of those great characters like Francis Dolarhyde and Lady Murasaki and weave them into the world in a unique way… The basic structure revolving around the FBI will be less prominent in Season 3 — at least for the first half of the season.

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  • Matt Serafini

    Dolarhyde in S3!? Okay. I’m both onboard to meet him earlier than expected and delighted by this surprise.

    Love it. Oh, and I guess I should finally get off my ass and read HANNIBAL RISING. I always avoided it because the word on it was that Harris wrote it without ever wanting to. Since some of it will be included in the next season, I feel like I need to give it a try.

    • LSD Zombie

      If it’s anything like Hannibal Rising the movie, I’d give it a pass. What a colossal disappointment.