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Hannibal Eyes Time Jump — and a [Spoiler] for Will — in Season 3

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The dog days are over for Hannibal‘s Will Graham — or at least the days of spending his free time surrounded solely by canines.

TVLine has learned exclusively that NBC’s acclaimed thriller is casting for the recurring role of Will’s wife Molly, a strong, vibrant thirtysomething who is not only unperturbed by her husband’s dark and occasionally tortured past — but has worked to help him overcome it.

Molly, who also happens to have a 12-year-old son named Walter, “understands that Will is a good man, and her love has allowed him to rebuild himself. But when Will is asked to return to the FBI, she also urges him to try and save lives, knowing what risks this entails.”

Fret not, though, Hugh Dancy’s addled profiler — last seen being literally gutted by Mads Mikkelsen’s titular sociopath — won’t be putting up an OK Cupid profile to kick off Season 3.

Molly — a role that is slated to span four episodes — won’t be introduced ’til Episode 8… an installment that will leap enough years into the future to allow for the transformation in Will’s personal life.

TVLine broke the news earlier this week that Season 3 will also introduce the murderous character of Francis Dolarhyde — to be played by The Hobbit‘s Richard Armitage — known to fans of Thomas Harris’ novels as The Tooth Fairy.

Intrigued by the thought of a happy, domesticated Will? Any thoughts on who you’d cast to play his wife? (We’ll start the list by throwing out three names: Anna Camp, Allison Tolman or Kandyse McClure!) Sound off in the comments!

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50 Comments
  1. Babybop says:

    Weird timing. My dad was just asking me when they were going to get Will married since his wife and kid were a part of Red Dragon.

    I don’t like time jumps, but I have full faith in Bryan Fuller and know everything he does is a work of genius.

    • Tea says:

      If Fargo could successfully do it, Hannibal easily can.

      • James says:

        So you’re saying Hannibal can’t do it?

      • teageegeepea says:

        One of my biggest problems with that time jump is that too much happened in a year. Lester went from an underperforming insurance salesman to salesman of the year getting his own office location? How much life insurance can he sell in small town Minnesota? If it had been a larger number of years that might have been a bit more plausible. The logic seemed to be that being evil makes Malvo & Lester magically awesome so everything falls into place for them regardless of whether that makes any sense.

  2. Spoiler Junkie says:

    Allison Tolman as Molly? Why not?

  3. pamela says:

    well it seems that hannibal won’t be a free man for long then being the tooth fairy is coming.

  4. Jean says:

    Good names, but may I suggest Claire Danes? *-* dear Bryan Fuller, please, make it happen.

  5. bmass87 says:

    I was wondering how (or even if) they’d broach Will’s wife in this show. I’m glad to see they’re going in that direction.
    Though, personally, I’d rather not see Anna Camp on my TV again… her comedic roles really do seem to embody her namesake. Maybe she has the chops for a dramatic role. I’d LOVE to see Mary Louise Parker in this. Or Katee Sackholf.

  6. Jose says:

    So let me get this straight…. in the next 8 episodes we will see Hannibal getting caught…. episode 9 resumes after a time jump of YEARS and we`ll see Will with a wife and a kid? isn’t that the kind of time jump we see on a season premiere not halfway through the season??

    And what about Alana they were angling Will and Alana to get together for a while there?

    no matter, I trust the people in charge of this show!!! Bring on season 3 already!!!!

    • Van says:

      No one wanted Will back with Alana, after her startling lack of fidelity to him. She basically wrote him off and threw her support behind Hannibal.

      • teageegeepea says:

        Alana knew it was a bad idea to enter into a relationship with Will, so her actions wouldn’t constitute “infidelity” in the normal sense. She gave up on trying to help clear Will’s name after he sent a murderer to kill Hannibal.

    • lola says:

      He can do better, Alana was awful with Will and he’d never be with her after Hannibal, yuck. By the description alone she sounds much better than Alana (in the books Molly was great), too bad the timing, sounds way too rushed. I want Anna Friel for this role! Claire Danes being Hugh Dancy’s real wife would be great but she’s busy with Homeland.

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  8. Donna Down-Under says:

    Mary Louise Parker!!!!

  9. I don’t like any of this. Feels rushed. Like rather than continue the — slow simmer, they have to rush it because they figured out that the show has one or maybe two more seasons left before it’s cancelled, so they’re rushing it to get the characters to the prelude to Red Dragon, i.e. the capture and imprisonment of Hannibal.

  10. Lakme says:

    Not excited about a time jump. I think the relationship will be less effective if we don’t see it develop, which will in turn make the events after (spoiler) Dolarhyde attacks Will and his family less effective as well.

    • Eva says:

      You don’t see the beginnings of the relationship in the book, and yet it’s effective. Anyway, they seem to be planning Dolarhyde’s story for half of season 3 and then most (or, at least, part) of season 4, that gives them more than enough time to dive into Will and Molly’s relationship.

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  12. bhuray says:

    Anna Friel or Kristen Chenoweth!!

  13. Project Legacy says:

    I, like most here am not crazy about the time jump, however having seen and loved, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, I completely trust Bryan Fuller. As for Molly, in a way I am hoping for Anna Friel and was hoping for Lee Pace as Dolarhyde aka. “the Tooth Fairy”, Armitage is a decent actor though……One can dream right ?

    • Azrielen says:

      I’m keeping the hope for Lee Pace as Buffalo Bill alive!

    • Nichole says:

      Lee Pace as Dolarhyde would have been fantastic!! Really liked Richard Armitage in Spooks and hope he can pull off the part, Ralph Fiennes in Red Dragon is a hard act to follow. As for Mollly, how about Maggie Gyllenhaal, both Hugh and Maggie had great chemistry in Hysteria and that previous acting history together would make for a more believable relationship with the time jump. It’s a thought anyway :)

  14. Faith says:

    super bummed he doesn’t end up with Alana :(.

  15. whiterose333 says:

    omg omg I cant wait til season 3 comes out just finished season 2 and OH MY GOD lol

  16. Lauren says:

    Molly Parker

  17. Lauren says:

    I’m for the time jump only because I don’t trust NBC to let the show unfold as it organically should be allowed to. Fuller pragmatically is planning for the network not throwing it’s support behind the program.

  18. mollytanner says:

    Depending on her Showtime exclusivity contract, Claire Danes could probably do it. Homeland won’t start filming until June the earliest. And if she doesn’t have any film roles, it would make sense since she’d want to be near her husband anyways. Claire most likely gets drained from doing Carrie, so perhaps not, although Claire as Clarice just popped in my head.

  19. Mik says:

    Maggie Siff.

  20. Alex says:

    Claire Danes would be great as Clarice.

  21. disonba3 says:

    Anna Gunn would be perfect! She can do any kind of role and would be a wonderful addition to my favorite show!

  22. Adam Parkes says:

    Tom Noonan IS the Tooth Fairy.

    But looking forward to this nonetheless.

  23. John says:

    Anna Camp, Allison Tolman would make good cast members but not Kandyse McClure plz for the love of god mr. Fuller don’t cast Kandyse McClure as Will s. Wife plz don’t.

  24. Arleene G says:

    Danica McKeller or Kate Mara

  25. Steven says:

    How about casting within the Bryan Fullerverse and get Anna Friel. She’s working at NBC now anyway.

  26. kirads09 says:

    Whoa. Armitage as Dolarhyde and now this. Sounds like they are going totally Red Dragon (at least heading there) S3. I cannot wait!!

  27. RhiRhi says:

    Time jump? What about those of us who haven’t read the books? Why are we suppose to care about Molly and her kid and their relationship to Will? Seriously, Hannibal has been such a good show, the idea that they’d cheapen that with a tacky time jump in the middle of the season is sad. It almost makes me glad Fuller’s old shows were cancelled before he could do anything so stupid with them.

    • wert4455 says:

      In the books it start’s off with Will Graham and Molly and her kid living together on a beach house, and it doesn’t really show how they met. So if people can care about her in the books without knowing much I think people can care about her in the show.

  28. Jonathan says:

    Kandyse McClure

  29. Zack says:

    Anna Friel could do it. Or maybe Kristin Chenoweth. They both had worked with Bryan Fuller at Pushing Daisies so it is a possibility. Personally, I’d love! hahah