Mads Mikkelsen: We want Hannibal to return for a fourth season

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Hannibal4[1]Hannibal is one of our favourite crime dramas. Its gloriously trippy, nightmarish retelling of the Hannibal Lecter story, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy (among others), has, during its three series, pushed the boundaries of taste and credulity for US network dramas. Its charmed life seemed to come to an end last year when its home network, NBC, pulled the plug on the show, leaving fans aghast. But, just when you thought that Lecter and co were dead… Continue reading

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Review: Hannibal (S1 E9/13), Wednesday 12th August, Sky Living

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ustv-hannibal-s03e09-still-06With Francis Dolarhyde established as the villain of the piece, and Hannibal Lecter almost having taken over Jack Crawford’s role as the investigator of the Tooth Fairy’s family murders, all the roles in Hannibal have been reversed; all save that of Will Graham, who still finds himself stricken with the ability to put himself in the mind of the killer. And Dolarhyde, unlike Hannibal, has no redeeming features; he isn’t, as Alana described Hannibal, not mad but something other; Dolaryde is mad, is a monster (even imagines himself physically transforming into one); so for Will, the experience of being in his head is even less tolerable.

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Review: Hannibal (S3 E7/13), Wednesday 22nd July, Sky Living

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In some ways, Hannibal could finish here; plot-lines are resolved, old scores are settled, balance is restored, closure is achieved. But it can’t finish here; in fact, it’s hardly begun. Though this episode, Digestivo, ends with Will Graham alive and free, and Hannibal caged, that’s not the end of the relationship. It’s merely the beginning.

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Review: Hannibal (S3 E6/13), Wednesday 15th July , Sky Living

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HANNIBAL -- "Dolce" Episode 306 -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/NBC)

Hannibal, battered and bloodied after Crawford’s attack, has made his way home to Bedelia, who stitches him up; Will, battered and bloodied after being attacked by Chiyoh, has made his way to Florence, meeting Crawford as the eviscerated Pazzi is cut down. Why did neither attacker follow through and make the kill? – because only Hannibal or Will can kill each other, and their inevitable reunion is coming closer. We’re now into the part of the story originally covered in the novel Hannibal, though of course there are many changes in plot and character, not least the absence of the character Clarice Starling.

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Review: Hannibal (S3 E5/13), Wednesday 8th July, Sky Living

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17Things go from bad to worse for Hannibal fans, as it now seems that both Amazon and Netflix have passed on the opportunity to pick up the cancelled show; and as if to put the final nail in its coffin, the contracts of lead players Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy have apparently expired. Let’s hope that some miracle of resurrection can be performed before the show breathes its last.

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Hannibal cancelled after three seasons, “exploring other distribution options”

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Have no fear, the review of episode three of Hannibal, from its third series, will be on the site tomorrow, but unfortunately news from the US tells us that NBC, the show’s home network, has cancelled the show. It’s a hard one to, erm, stomach because it’s such a great series – so well made and brim-full of incredible performances – and, predictably, an army of Twitter fans have voiced its frustrations. But should we be really surprised? Continue reading

Hannibal to split its third season; plans introduction of more characters from the books

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Hannibal4[1]One of our favourite shows, the horrifyingly dark Hannibal, has been holding court at ComicCon in San Diego, which is now more about TV and movies as it is about comics. The Hannibal Lecter prequel series, which has enjoyed two terrific if flawed runs will be back for a third series, but showrunner Bryan Fuller has admitted that season three will be split into two (so, erm, season three and then season four?). Continue reading