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…
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.
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?
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?).