NBC’s Hannibal may have been on the air as early as 2015, but fans of the baroque serial killer drama are still hoping another season of death and food is on the way. Produced by Brian Fuller and based on the novels by Thomas Harris, the show ran for three seasons and developed into a passionate fan base before being canceled. And now, the deliciously kinky crime series has gained a wider audience even after it was added to Netflix in early June.
Not to be confused with the film of the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role (sequel to the Academy Award-winning Silence of the Lambs), as the charismatic psychiatrist (and undercover cannibal) of the Hannibal Center in Mads Mikkelsen. Performance Dr. Hannibal Lecter Hugh Dinsy plays Will Graham, a troubled criminal profiler whose investigations and personal conflicts become entangled with the life of the mortal doctor. The show’s ensemble also included Lawrence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.
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Netflix Confirm The Seasons
When Netflix confirmed that all three seasons of the show would begin streaming on its platform on June 5, it sparked speculation that the long-awaited fourth season might finally be in play. Mikkelsen herself (who garnered critical acclaim for interpreting the lecture) did the same on her Instagram.
Showrunner Brian Fuller, who is also behind the Pushing Decies and American Gods cult, has said that the Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham story may continue on another network or streaming service, telling Vulcher in 2015 that “NBC has canceled The show on NBC. It doesn’t allow us to take the show anywhere else.
About the Characters
The show was originally conceived as a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, but the writers always hoped that they might eventually include an appearance by FBI agent Clarice Starling (even if MGM, who owns the rights to the character were, never agreed). Now CBS is working on its own project, Clarisse, which follows Starling in the events following her encounter with Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Could Netflix have such a renewed interest in Thomas Harris characters, as Hannibal’s additional season gives a boost to watch?