Bryan Fuller on plans for Hannibal season 3

News Louisa Mellor 27 May 2014 - 07:44

Following Hannibal's bloody and eventful season 2 finale, Bryan Fuller talks about what we can expect from season 3...

Warning: contains spoilers for the Hannibal season 2 finale.

In a revealing and spoiler-filled postmortem interview with TV GuideHannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller not only dissected what was going on in the minds of Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy's characters during Friday's season two finale, but also pointed tantalisingly to a new direction for the show's forthcoming third run.

According to Fuller, the first episode of season three will "essentially function as a new pilot for a new series because everything's different". The plan for the third season is to take "a lot of disparate elements from the novel Hannibal Rising and the novel Hannibal and mashing them up together as part of the thrust of the season. It's going to be fun to bastardise two novels into one sort of Frankenstein season."

Fuller went on to warn fans of Thomas Harris' canon, "I will brace everybody right now: we're significantly changing the Hannibal origin story from Hannibal Rising". He continued, "The books won't necessarily be in sequential order. We'll be hitting elements of each of them except Silence Of The Lambs in the next season."

On the subject of returning and new characters for season three, Fuller was keen to keep some mystery in the air, telling TV Guide, "Will Alana survive and will Jack Crawford survive? Will Abigail Hobbs survive? Those are things that are going to be revealed very slowly at the beginning of season three".

If he had his way, then Gillian Anderson's character, Dr Bedelia Du Maurier, would be a series regular in the next season, but, he reminds us, "she's a very busy lady". Fuller is also hopeful about introducing the characters Francis Dolarhyde and Lady Murasaki into season three, weaving them "into the world in a unique way".

Read the interview in full by clicking on the link below.

TV Guide

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... and what about Clarice? they didn't get the rights to Silence of the Lambs or are they saving her for season four? Either way, I trust them, I love this series

Next season is certainly lining up to be very different and that's a risk when the show only just survived this season.
If the intention is for 7 seasons, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to see the plan, given the way they're mashing up the timeline. How can you fit Dollarhyde in when Hannibal is abroad? Would Red Dragon only cover a few episodes instead of a season, like Verger this season? If so, how do you then fill the rest of the season?
Fuller is walking a tightrope

If they don't kill Abigail this time around, I feel like it would be somehow cheap.

Well, if he had a 7 season plan, let's hope the plan involved those things.

As said by BF he already collapsed two seasons in one so we re talking of 6. also said Clarice Sterling can be renamed as character and played round -in fact he can rescue Miriam Lass and use as Starling if necessary...up to now Fuller showed he hardly will go wrong playing this material!! :D

Pretty sure she dies this time as she doesn't have any further purpose in the story.
As for the rest

Will has another couple of series to go before he can retire. What a strange show it'd be without him.
I think Laurence Fishburne has some other commitments so that's up in the air right now.
From a story point, Alana still has some unresolved issues with Will, so I think she'll be fine.

I am pretty certain that Will and Alana will be alive too... I was just saying that because Fuller tweeted a list of gone people and Abigail still had a question mark. I thought she was gone for good.

It only just occurred to me that this means more Mason Verger in Season 3 :)

To try and stay positive after the finale…at least Wills dogs are safe (especially Winston)

Unless Will is arrested, in which case they'll be sent to a dog pound. You're welcome! *breaks down crying*

I never actually believed that Abigail was dead (there were enough hints that she wasn't). I would not be so sure that she is dead this time. Having a family was one of the themes in this season and they may try to explore it further - Will having "a real family" with Alana and Abigail. Oh and Will never had a chance to teach Abigail fishing, hence she cannot be dead...

i was so disappointed when i saw the burning corpse of "freddie", immediately knew she wasn't dead. i really hope all 3 of them, jack alana and will, die. But we all know that's not going to happen, what a shame.

So... what about Margot and Mason?

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