Robert Tiemstra ‘16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Hannibal’s second season left off on quite a grim note, and finally, after countless casting announcements, including (but not limited to) the recasting of Mason Verger and the casting of Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) future wife, Bryan Fuller has opened the curtain to our first official look at the series 3rd season.
Season 2 marked a complete change in approach from the season before it, and it appears that season 3 is following that same pattern to a t – not only is this teaser awash in warm tones of yellow as opposed to the predominantly blue color pallet of season 2, and the reddish brown of season 1, it appears to take place in somewhere resembling Florence, Italy, a locale that will remind longtime fans of the series of the novel and film Hannibal, which covered Doctor Lecter as he evaded the FBI in the events following his escape in The Silence of the Lambs.
Bryan Fuller has been notoriously tight lipped about the fates of the four characters left in pools of their own blood following their grim confrontation with Lecter at the end of last season. The teaser offers no clues about the fates of Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Abigail Hobbes (Kacey Rohl), or Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas). An ominous shot early on shows a body bag being sealed shut, which only emphasizes what Fuller has said in interviews regarding the vicious cliffhanger: “Not everyone dies, but not everyone survives, either.”
Fuller has stated that this season will feature a greater emphasis on Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) backstory than previous seasons, a statement that may be cause for some concern, as when Hannibal Lecter creator Thomas Harris attempted to tackle the same subject in Hannibal Rising, he fell flat on his face and very nearly soiled the reputation of the character forever. Hopefully Fuller and his writing staff are doing their very best to pick and choose the best facets of the Hannibal Lecter canon, while leaving the part involving Nazi Cannibals to quietly shuffle off and die.