WARNING: This article contains spoilers and predictions for Hannibal Season 3.
A new promotional teaser for Hannibal season 3 was released and unleashed today ahead of it’s airing in June 4th, in which it reminds everyone of how bloody good it is and deservedly so. The new promo is the latest teaser in many, slowly released over the months leading up to the new season, which wets our appetites and hunger for answers to questions left off from the final catastrophic events of ‘Mizumono’. As well as these, Bryan Fuller, Head Writer and Creator of Hannibal, has revealed many things we can expect in the new 13 hour long episodes.
So putting all that we seen from promos and interviews, here is what we have learnt so far about Season 3…
- Hannibal in Hiding: Posing as Dr Fell, keeping faithful to Thomas Harris’s story in his franchise, Hannibal Lecter (Mads MIkkelsen) is living in Florence, Italy and attempts to follow a normal life, but how long will that last?
- Will Graham Survives: Of course, there is still a lot for Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to do in this show, with the Red Dragon narrative yet to begin. Is he a changed man? Scarred from his last bloody encounter with Hannibal, Will is seen recovering in hospital but very determined in finding Hannibal and bringing justice to himself and his friends.
- Hannibal’s Backstory: If you are familiar with the books and films you will know of Hannibal’s origins and why he became a cannibal psychiatrist, but now the TV Show is finally gifting its viewers with their own take on the legend of Hannibal Lecter with glimpses of the Lecter estate in the promos. As the TV Show is set in modern times, it will be interesting to see how the show will adapt the Nazi influence childhood of Lecter and of his sister Mischa and of her tragic demise in a whole different and more recent situation.
- Lithuania: Will Graham travels to Lithuania to find his old Psychiatrist and to search for answers. This leads Will to the character of Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto), a handmaiden to Hannibal’s aunt, Lady Murasaki, the woman who essentially created the monster. Loyalty/Revenge may play a part in this duo’s dynamic.
- The Bride of Hannibal: Hannibal and Bededlia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) are ‘married.’ This may be a part of Hannibal’s new identity or an actual marriage but judging by Bedelia’s behavior in these promos we can guess that trust is definitely not a part of this deadly relationship.
- Rinaldo Pazzi: Fortunato Cerlino plays an Italian Inspector hot on the heels of Hannibal Lecter, but attempts to catch the killer by himself, which begins a cat and mouse game between Pazzi and Lecter. As a fan of the books, I am so looking forward to Pazzi and of the iconic lecture scene shown in the first teaser trailer.
- Will forgives Hannibal: This again can be put to question. Can Will still count Hannibal as a friend and forgive the bloodshed from the season 2 finale? it’s a mixed bad of emotions for Will, as he comes to terms with his friendship with Hannibal but also the death and destruction Hannibal leaves in his wake must be put to justice. It is unclear in the promos whether Will is still working for Jack and the FBI or whether this is a one man’s crusade.
- A New Face: Michael Pitt’s Mason Verger gave the show a even more menacing and psychotic villain besides its cannibal protagonist and was featured in one of the most grueling scenes ever shown on US Network screens that left Mason’s face to the dogs. However, in season 3 the role of Mason Verger has been recast by Joe Anderson who will now portray the pig breeding entrepreneur behind the make up.
- Time Jump: Sources have revealed that the show will jump time between episode 7 and 8, separating the narrative into two plots, that of the hunt for Hannibal and then for the much anticipated plot line of Red Dragon. This tactic and new feature to the show does leave me a little nervous as I hope they can pull it off without breaking the audiences interest or trust away from the writing as however long the time jump is it’s going to have BIG changes.
- Richard Armitage is the Red Dragon: In the beginning of the year Hannibal announced that The Hobbit star Richard Armitage was to play Francis Dolarhyde AKA The Tooth Fairy AKA Red Dragon. Sadly there’s not much else to know about Armitage’s portrayal as its been kept very secret but we just know it’s going to be good.
- Will Graham’s Wife: Yes you read that right, after the supposed time jump, the show remains faithful to Red Dragon novel, as Will Graham’s wife Molly, who has been cast by Nina Arianda. This promises some much needed happiness for our long suffering protagonist which will be interesting to watch, but will it last?
- New Director Alert: Neil Marshall (director of Game of Thrones and Black Sails) is to direct the introduction of the Red Dragon episodes titles ‘The Great Red Dragon.’ Being a huge fan of Marshall’s, I am very excited to see what he does in a very different kind of TV genre.
- Who is Dead and Who is Alive?: Okay, so this is not as easy as it might seem, especially with a show like Hannibal. The show has already proved to stray away from the canon of Thomas Harris to maintain shocks and surprises for viewers. One of the biggest shocks in season 2 was the ‘fatal’ shooting of Dr Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza) but Bryan Fuller has already claimed that Raúl will return to the show, but with added facial scars and a book about Hannibal Lecter. Also, another fan favourite, Eddie Izzard will make another appearance as the recently deceased and digested Abel Gideon, this will likely be as either a flashback or a mind palace scene.
- Who Survives the Finale? Yes, I hear you, who DID survive? Well, Caroline Dhavernas’s Alana Bloom appears in
the new promos appearing fine despite the last of what we saw of Alana, having been pushed out of a window. We also see a shot of Abagail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) in the newest promo where she appears to be in conversation with Will, but could it be in his mind palace and not in flesh? Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) also appears in a promo picture which is no surprise as to his role in Red Dragon too, but his looks is very different, with a grown beard and an even sadder glare from the FBI Agent; the loss of his wife Bella has already given effect to Crawford this season, making the hunt for Hannibal even more important for this character.
But there is only one way to know what happens for sure and that is to watch it. Hannibal returns on NBC on June 4th and coming soon on Sky Atlantic for British viewers.
Written by Rhosyn Roberts