Fuller On That “Hannibal” Ending, More Eps


Acclaimed throughout its run, NBC’s “Hannibal” came to an end earlier this year with the final two episodes directly tackling something that had otherwise had only been heavily alluded to throughout the rest of the series – namely about the true depth of the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.

It was a relationship that went beyond mere friendship or devotion and into something far deeper – an intimacy beyond sexual or romantic and into the realms of total emotional and physical honesty with each other. Their obsessions and the aesthetic ideal that Hannibal lives by and hopes to bring Will in on comes to a natural end on that clifftop as Will’s humanity is essentially gone and the two achieve a moment of complete oneness and solace in an embrace.

With the Blu-ray release of the season, some more revelations about it have gone online starting with EW which has released a new featurette about the shooting of that scene with various people involved in the show weighing in with their take on it.

Show creator Bryan Fuller still has plans for the series to return, telling Birth.Movies.Death that his plans haven’t changed and he hopes to bring back the show:

“Martha [De Laurentiis] and I keep talking… I would love to let the show lie low for a few years, treat it like Sherlock on BBC. And then relaunch with Hannibal: Silence of the Lambs. Silence of the Lambs is a perfect film, there’s not going to be a better film. And MGM feels the same way. So we would do it the same way we did Red Dragon… we’d flash back to him finding out about Jame Gumb.”

MGM still owns the rights to “Silence of the Lambs” and its characters and so deals would still have to be worked out for the show to go forward. If it does go forward, actor Mads Mikkelsen says he’d prefer a season as opposed to a shorter telemovie wrap-up:

“I think the way that we’ve worked so far has been thriving on the pace that we had. We did not have to tell stories really fast or develop characters really fast. It could have its own pace, and I think that suits the show tremendously. I have a hard time seeing a film that could wrap that up, but never say never. As a magician, [Bryan Fuller] might pull that out of his sleeve.”

The third season of “Hannibal” is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.