Hannibal Stars, EPs Preview a 'Smiling, Laughing' Will — and a 'Physically, Logistically Big' Finale

Whether or not a network (or streaming service) comes to Hannibal‘s rescue — or if a movie continuation is in the offing — showrunner Bryan Fuller has a plan.

There’s an arc in Thomas Harris’ source-material novels that’s never been adapted for the screen, and Fuller would like to “unpack it” for Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen’s Dr. Lecter, he told Michael Ausiello at our Comic-Con video suite at the Hard Rock Hotel.

While the wily writer-producer refused to spill any further intel on his vision, the good news is that his leading man Hugh Dancy said he believes Hannibal‘s Season 3 finale — should it be the final destination of this twisted tale — is “a fitting one.” (Then again, that’s how Dancy said he felt about the Season 1 and Season 2 sendoffs, so make of that what you will.)

Press PLAY above for the full Q&A — including some insight into the mindset of Dancy’s character after next week’s time jump — then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. But for American Gods, Hannibal would have transitioned to Amazon. Shame.

    • Murica! says:

      Indeed. I can’t believe Amazon was interested in making a fourth season, but Bryan Fuller didn’t want to do it because he’s too busy with his new show.

      • I’m sure he wants to, but he honors his commitments too, so…

        • Murica! says:

          That’s nonsense! He chose to do AG instead of Hannibal. Can you blame NBC for cancelling Hannibal? Would you keep it knowing that the show wouldn’t start shooting the fourth season for atleast 18 months? It would air in 2017! That’s ridiculous! Clearly Fuller decided that AG was more important than Hannibal. It’s his fault the show is cancelled.

      • Sara says:

        It sounds like Amazon wanted to do a real rush job. I don’t blame them for wanting a quick turnaround, since there is some pretty decent buzz about the show at the moment, but not giving them time to even finish all the scripts first is kind of ridiculous. It sounds like there was a fear of having a diminished quality of show because of the time table. Personally, I’d rather have no show than to have the quality go down just to get another season.

        • johnhelvete says:

          I dont think Amazon wanted a quick turnaround, I think they wanted the show to have the same production cycle of seasons 1 and 2, and even 3 if season 3 had not been delayed a few weeks because of filming in Europe. Normally the show would start shooting sometime in October.

        • Murica! says:

          Get your facts straight. Amazon didn’t want to wait 18 months to start shooting the fourth season. Fuller decided AG was more important than Hannibal. Blame him and not NBC, or Amazon.

  2. bhammel103 says:

    Both the season 1 and 2 sendoffs would have made great series finales. They would have been depressing as hell and the bad guy would have won each time, but they would have been memorable. Not to mention ballsy.

  3. spindae2 says:

    Hugh is such a great guy. Loved him in The Big C.

  4. Fabian says:

    The moment Bryan Fuller started badmouthing NBC before this season premiered, I got the feeling he wanted it to be cancelled. I don’t really think he wants to continue with it. Such a shame, seems like Martha does though.

    • Thomas says:

      He didn’t badmouth NBC. He’s had nothing but nice things to say about NBC.

      He does want to continue, he just also wants to honor his commitment to American Gods.

  5. Walker says:

    There is zero doubt now that the show is dead and that is a shame. But I think this season has shown that the show has lost its way a bit. A lot more style than substance.

    And it’s clear that Fuller wanted to move on.