When it was on the air, there was literally no other show quite like NBC’s “Hannibal” which tore the hinges off the door in terms of graphic content done with an astonishingly artistic flair.
Far more like a high-end cable drama than an NBC series, the show about Thomas Harris’ famed cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter was bloody and violent in stunning ways. It frequently skirted the line of what was technically appropriate for television, and in doing so redefined what the horror genre was capabale of on the small screen.
Kudos has to go to NBC for being supportive in lettting showrunner Bryan Fuller push the envelope every week. In a new interview with EW, Fuller has revealed that there was only one time that the network put their foot down on showing off a murder on screen in the series – back during the first season episode “Roti”.
The episode was going to see Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) lure tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) to a psychiatrist’s office wherein she would spring an elaborate death mechanism by activating a ceiling fan that attached to a wound in the victim’s abdomen – in the process the spinning fan would rip out his intestines:
“[It] essentially disembowels him by spinning the fan, all in one fell swoop. That was the only one where NBC was like, ‘I just don’t know how you’re going to do it.’ We would have pushed back if we also hadn’t been told that financially we didn’t know how we could afford to produce such a gag, because you have intestines swinging around a ceiling fan.”
Ultimately they settled on the simpler ‘Colombian necktie’ murder in which a victim’s throat was slit and their tongue pulled out through the gash. There has been talk about “Hannibal” returning at some point, but nothing official has been stated.