Hugh Dancy Says a Hannibal Return Might Happen in 'Four or Five Years'

Are you holding your breath waiting for Hannibal to come back? Well, don’t… or you might end up as dead as one of Dr. Lecter’s victims.

TVLine caught up with Hugh Dancy at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, and we couldn’t resist asking him about the possibility of another season of the exquisite serial-killer drama, which ended its NBC run in 2015. And while Dancy says “I believe that everyone is willing” to do more Hannibal, he doesn’t see it happening anytime soon.

“My feeling is that, knock on wood, if it came around again, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for it to be four or five years later,” he says. “That might actually be kind of interesting. How weird would that be, on a personal level, to find yourself back with those people? ‘So… where did we leave off?'”

Of course, that kind of break might be a necessity, with Dancy currently starring on Hulu’s The Path, and co-star Mads Mikkelsen and showrunner Bryan Fuller also busy with other projects. But Dancy sees a possible multi-year break as a positive: “It’s such a strange idea, but it’s potentially very healthy for a story like that. So we’ll see.”

Hannibal Series FinaleDancy says he still speaks with Fuller, and there isn’t “anything concrete” to report yet about a new season of Hannibal. But he does confirm what Fuller’s been saying: that a Hannibal continuation could be based on The Silence of the Lambs. “I know where we stood at the end of Season 3, in terms of what he was thinking about,” Dancy tells us. “And it did reflect some elements of Silence of the Lambs… He loves that source material, as he would tell you.”

There’s one big problem with this plan, though: As written, Dancy’s Hannibal character, FBI profiler Will Graham, doesn’t have much of a role in Silence. (He’s only mentioned in passing, with FBI agent Clarice Starling taking center stage.) But Dancy says that Fuller “envisioned taking some elements of that novel and reworking it through the Will-Hannibal relationship… I think it would be more through the filter of Bryan.”

So don’t lose hope, Fannibals: We might still see more of Hannibal and Will… just probably not for a good, long while.

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7 Comments
  1. Haz says:

    Hey it worked for Arrested Development. I think it would have been picked up right away by Netflix if it wasn’t for Amazon Prime having the exclusive right to it. Didn’t Netflix even say that was their reasoning for passing on it.

  2. Hill says:

    From the quotes you posted, it sounds like he means the story would pick up four or five years after we last saw the characters, not that they would film in four to five years.

  3. canadian ninja says:

    Dude, you should have gone with “If you’re waiting for a Hannibal second course, you’ll be marinating a long time”.

    Or you know, anything but the holding your breath line. Just saying.

  4. KB says:

    I wish they would bring the show back. It was a fantastic show, & it needs to be finished out. Mads Mikkelsen was superb as Hannibal. Even my husband agreed that he gave a superb performance.

  5. feral says:

    I hope for the sake of the fan-base’s sanity that it won’t take 4-5 years to make another season. Despite the crazed following of the show, sooner or later interest will wane if there is no fresh material, and there’s a risk that continuing in a similar/same style after that much time will be jarring. In short, my thirst for a continuation needs to be quenched asap, pls

    • Since the show was originally removed from all NBC affiliates in SLC, i didn’t watch the first season on air. but man – this was hands down the best networkTV show I have ever seen. So ambitious, sp beautifully shot, so enthralling, so perfectly acted. i think the show really had its high moment in the season 2 finale – an episode i believe to be the finest hour of network TV ever put on air.

      That said – I have been holding my breath for 2 years now. i hope it happens – I really do. But with each passing year – I doubt that it will more and more.

  6. Javii Romero says:

    yesssssss #savehannibal!!! DXXXX