Hugh Dancy On “Hannibal” Continuation Ideas

Pushing his role as a dangerous cult leader in Hulu’s upcoming series “The Path,” actor Hugh Dancy spoke about the end of NBC’s “Hannibal” this weekend during his appearance at a Television Critics Association panel.

Discussing the hypothetical fourth season which showrunner Bryan Fuller has previously teased and hopes to still make some day, Dancy clarified with Collider some of the possibilities of where the story might go:

“Bryan had described to me in a kind of overview what he wanted to do with the fourth season had there been one, and it was fantastic. It was really a complete restart in a way, without describing it, because who knows? God knows, maybe some day we’ll get to do it in the future.

I would love that but it took us back to the first season in a very unexpected way, but made total sense of that cliffhanger ending. It seemed justified. It was borne out of a part of one of the books so it was still coming out of that universe, but it wasn’t the Clarice part of Silence of the Lambs.”

Everyone involved with the show is hoping to dive back into that universe someday even though there’s no concrete plans in place:

“I just think that if I keep saying it, it might happen. I know there were conversations. I know it was complicated for lots of reasons that I was probably late to the party to know about. The fans honestly were better informed than I was about a lot of stuff. All I can say is I know that Bryan’s very busy, Mads [Mikkelsen] is busy, I’m busy right now but I know that all of us would, I think, happily come back in the future if we could.”

Dancy also discussed the possibility of a film follow-up and isn’t quite sure how it would work:

“The answer is that I don’t know. I think we would be very happy to return in some capacity. I think the idea of a movie is really interesting. Obviously one of the things we did on the show, Bryan did really, was a very languorous, very image-rich storytelling. How to fit that into a movie, I’m not sure. As I was saying, the version of the fourth season described to me maybe would work like that. I just know I’d like it to happen.”

Dancy’s “The Path” premieres March 30th on Hulu.