This past Friday marked the second season finale of NBC’s exceptional series Hannibal, which quite frankly played out more like a series finale than it did a season finale. Needless to say, if you haven’t yet seen the episode or delved into the series, you’re going to want to avoid reading this post, because spoilers are guaranteed!
Hannibal‘s second season came to a gruesome and totally shocking close with the apparent deaths of Jack Crawford, Will Graham, Alana Bloom and even the thought-to-be-dead Abigail Hobbs, who we found out Hannibal had been hiding all along. Who is actually dead and where the hell does the show go from here? In an interview with TV Guide, series creator Bryan Fuller opened up about the future, offering some insight into what we can expect from the next season.
First off, it appears that Will Graham is still very much alive, likely being saved by the paramedics we saw arriving at Hannibal’s house towards the end of the episode. “We are staying very true to the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and its very basic outcome,” Fuller said when asked if Will was going to make it, implying that the final chapter of his relationship with Hannibal has not yet been written. In the Red Dragon novel, Will survives a similar attack from Hannibal, which is what Fuller is referring to.
As for the fates of the other characters left for dead at the end of the Season 2 finale, Fuller remain tight-lipped about that, simply commenting that “it’s safe to say that not everybody survives.” He did let it slip that Dr. Chilton is coming back in the future, who was of course shot in the head earlier on in the season.
Most interestingly of all, Fuller referred to Season 3 as essentially being an entirely different series, due to how different the show will be, going forward. “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,” he revealed. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Fuller is hoping to begin production on Season 3 later this year, with no word yet on when the show will come back on the air. If you’re asking me, it can’t possibly come soon enough, and I can’t wait to see what it’s store for us next!