Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH -

Crit­ics adored Hannibal but it failed to pick up enough view­ers to keep the show alive.

The se­ries was can­celled last week in the US. But in good news for fans of the Si­lence Of The Lambs pre­quel, the third and fi­nal sea­son will run for the whole 13 episodes sched­uled.

When Hannibal re­turns this week, we skip eight months on from sea­son two’s shock­ing fi­nale which saw Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) fight­ing for his life and Hannibal (Mads Mikkel­son) flee­ing the coun­try with his psy­chol­o­gist lover (played by Gil­lian An­der­son).

“It’s such a shift in tone from what we had been do­ing,” says showrun­ner Bryan Fuller.

“We get lit­tle glimpses of what hap­pened af­ter­wards that help us sell the trauma of what Will went through, and is go­ing through, to find this guy who’s had such in­flu­ence in his life. Then re­ally the soap opera takes over.”

With the in­fa­mous Red Dragon en­ter­ing this sea­son, Will is hunt­ing down his al­most-killer for help.

“Will has to go to Hannibal to try and get some­where with this case,” says Dancy. “(But) Hannibal has to de­cide how much he wants to help Will ver­sus how much he just wants to play, right? That’s al­ways been his choice.”


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