Hannibal fans have had an easy enough time keeping hope alive after NBC’s cancellation, what with universal praise and the potential for networks like Amazon to negotiate another course, but has time officially run out? Options on Hannibal’s cast have officially expired, making the ravenously-desired Season 4 renewal a much trickier prospect.
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Yes, NBC cancelled Hannibal, but we still have nine episodes left (after tonight’s “Aperitivo”) in Season 3, and there is still hope for Season 4, according to Bryan Fuller. So while we keep our fingers crossed and sit on the requisite pins and needles, let’s dive into tonight’s offering — “Aperitivo” is largely a table-setting episode (sorry), one that returns old friends and one particular enemy, tugging all the necessary threads into place so they can begin to unify.
The cancellation of NBC’s Hannibal left us shocked, shocked (well, not that shocked), though given the climate of revivals and rescues, it seemed resoundingly likely the darkly delicious drama might find a new home. Now, series creator Bryan Fuller and producers are on the hunt for a new network, while long-standing rights issues with Clarice Starling may have impacted Season 4’s chances.
For all its legions of fans and critical accolades, NBC’s Hannibal has always skated along ratings-wise, at least until now. Shooting, carving off and gnawing its own foot, NBC has officially opted not to renew Hannibal for a fourth season, effectively canceling the drama until another network - basically any network - decides to swoop in.
Acceptance, understanding, forgiveness…betrayal. These are necessary components in every relationship — they are not always pleasant and not always kind, but without them love is not capable of existing. Just as Will began to understand Hannibal’s twisted affection for him with last week’s bloody valentine, so does Will begin to understand his own affection for Hannibal this week. Just like any relationship, the results are exceedingly complex.
Tonight’s episode of Hannibal is, essentially, a short film, one that functions as a gorgeous, somber mood piece — or a tone poem, as would be more to Hannibal Lecter’s high brow liking. Will Graham has emerged from the gruesome events of the Season 2 finale, alive but not unscathed, with myriad existential and logical questions that have but only one answer: Hannibal.
NBC’s Hannibal put a darkly dreamy spin on one of cinema’s most iconic villains, but did you know the network ordered the series on the strength of creator Bryan Fuller’s pilot script alone? Or that it has its own chef to craft its culinary cannibal delights? These are just some of the delicious morsels to savor in the ninth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which serves up an appetizing look at NBC’s Hannibal!
The good Doctor Lecter will resurface abroad for Hannibal Season 3's “Antipasto” premiere next week, but why wait for an appetizer? The first full clip from Season 3 has arrived, giving the cannibal killer an opportunity to double-fist his next victim. Uh, figuratively.
NBC’s Hannibal will return for a third course as soon as June 4, but the lion’s share of promos have focus on the dark doctor’s new life abroad. Now, the newest look at Bryan Fuller’s third season introduces The Hobbit star Richard Armitage as the famed Red Dragon, simultaneously spoiling a few more outcomes from the Season 2 finale bloodbath.
Late last week Hannibal Season 3 served up an appetizer of its June 4 premiere by way of a tantalizing new synopsis, and before main course arrives, NBC has yet another offering. See who’s coming to dinner in the first official photos from Hannibal Season 3 premiere “Antipasto”!