Will Hannibal ever get his long-awaited season 4?
NBC’s psychological horror thriller series Hannibal had gained well-deserved cult status since its premiere nine years ago. Praised for its gripping cinematography, excellent acting, and intellectually compelling writing, it elevated the over-the-top crime genre into a spectacular art form. Despite Fuller’s confident vision for seven seasons, the show inspired by Thomas Harris’ bestselling novels was terminated by the network due to low viewership. Nonetheless, it ended on a high note, with the final episode of the third season dubbed one of the best TV series finales of all time by film critics and fans alike. With an ambiguous final scene, he left the door open for a revival, just in case.
In a 2021 interview with Vulture, the Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen, who also played the role of Grindelwald in the recently released film Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, said he was still ready to do the fourth season if the opportunity arose. He further added:
“The work itself was brutal because we had long hours, with scripts coming in late. This is television, and what we were doing was elaborate. The texts were high IQ texts. The monologues or the dialogues were always about fine art, music. You had to learn Japanese, Hungarian and words you just hadn’t heard before. And you had to do it within two hours because it was all so late. That said , I would love to go back. Everyone wants to go back, and if there’s only one season and we’re sure he can end it in a proper, surprising and mind-blowing way.”
Let’s see what the odds are of it coming to fruition after years of tireless speculation.
Season 4 plans
Creator Bryan Fuller, known for his work on several other cult series like dead like me, grow daisies, Star Trek: Discovery, and american godsmade it clear in 2015 that he wasn’t done with Hannibal Again. Starting off as a prequel, the show has covered Red Dragon halfway through the third season and was going to tackle Thesilenceofthelambs next story arc. There has been talk of adaptation as a miniseries or a feature film to complement the original series, neither of which materialized. It may not be easy to secure the rights to the book now that the new CBS sequel Claire grabbed the script from the FBI agent.
Despite failed negotiations with Amazon Prime, Fuller is still eager to direct season four. He told Rolling Stone his ideas for the sequel:
“I think I said season four is Creation meets angel heart. And that means there will be a lot of mental calming and clouding of reality, or at least the perception of reality. And what excites me the most is that there will be such a mental landscape to explore that it means actors who play characters who are already dead can manifest themselves in the mess of Will Graham’s brain.”
He also recently said that he regrets not adding a kiss scene with Hannibal and Will in the finale as originally planned. Perhaps the romantic twist to their intense relationship could be explored in the next season.
Will Netflix Save Hannibal?
Following the show’s spike in popularity on Netflix, since it was added to the streaming service’s vast selection of content in June 2020, rumors have emerged regarding its renewal. Apparently, Netflix has expressed interest in picking it up. Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, it’s not an unlikely scenario. Mikkelsen also gave a hint on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, saying that Hannibal “has found a new home on Netflix, the talks have been revitalized.” There had been talk of bringing the show to Netflix in the past. However, this was not possible as Amazon Prime still owned the rights to the first three seasons. Now that there’s nothing more in the way, fans might just be rewarded for their long wait. With most of the original cast on board, there’s nothing to worry about in terms of quality.
If there were any concerns about the time discrepancy, Fuller reassures us that he’s got it all figured out, saying,
“Whatever is going on in Will Graham’s head and with his perception of reality and morality, it feels like as long as he stays before he dives back into the toy box, there’s has a narrative rationale for what could have happened during that time. So I’m not freaking out like we’re running out of time. I don’t feel like there’s a deadline for when we can come back and when we can’t come back.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Netflix recorded a canceled series. They had previously taken over The slaughter, Lucifer, black mirror, and Development stopped. There may even be potential for more than one season. Crossed fingers.
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