‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Details – What Happens Next?

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Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in Hannibal Savoureux Hannibal Season 2 Details – What Happens Next?

[Warning: Hannibal Season 1 Finale SPOILERS Ahead!!!]


Season 1 of Hannibal has come and gone, leaving the show’s ravenous fanbase eager for details on what’s to come in season 2, as well as to learn how writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller plans to manage the lofty expectations set by the series’ better-than-expected first season and where the characters will find themselves, following the distressing events of the finale.

Of course, for those who have already tuned in to see the season finale, ‘Savoureux,’ you know that Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) was housed in the place he feared most, the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, after Dr. Hannibal Lecter successfully framed his “friend” for the murders he had committed as the copycat. It was an unconventional turn of events, to say the least, and it sets up a good deal of the second season’s storyline, which will be, at least partially, set in that terrifying hospital.

Naturally, the concern now turns to just how long Fuller plans to keep Will institutionalized, how prominently a reconstructed Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) will figure into this storyline and whether or not anyone in the BAU – i.e., Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) and, especially Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) – believes that, in spite of the insurmountable evidence against him, Will might actually be innocent like he says.

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In an interview Fuller did with TV Guide, he managed to touch on several key points of the upcoming season, as well as provide additional insight into how and why season 1 played out the way it did.

For starters, Fuller still seems to be speaking in terms of Hannibal being a very large story, consisting of several season-long arcs that will bring the series to its most logical conclusion – which, in this case, would be the beginning of Silence of the Lambs. That’s certainly ambitious, and it’s good to see that Fuller is still thinking along those lines, as the order for season 2 has given the writer some breathing room in terms of telling his tale. As it stands, season 1 was always intended to go Dr. Lecter’s way:

“When I was breaking the pilot and thinking about where this goes, it occurred to me that Hannibal needs to win this round…I had always pitched in every conversation that … the last shot of the season is that iconic shot from Silence of the Lambs where you’re coming down the corridor toward the last cell on the left and instead of finding Hannibal Lecter there, you find Will Graham. It felt very poetic and it felt powerful and it felt full of promise.”

As such, much of season 2 is set up to explore the ramifications of the first arc, and to see where the characters go, now that so many of them have been dealt a significant blow by Will’s supposed involvement in the copycat murders.

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“[Will] will be incarcerated, and we will be dealing with all of the threads of that…Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders that he may or may not have committed. Jack has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will, and Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see. The ball is up in the air in so many ways for Jack and Hannibal and Will. The fun of season 2 will be spiking those balls.”

With Will finding himself incarcerated in the hospital run by the splendidly incompetent, glory-seeking Dr. Chilton, it seems as though the character will be facing not only the external pressures of trying to exonerate himself, but also avoid the kind of misconduct by Dr. Chilton that resulted in Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) believing he was the Chesapeake Ripper. And according to Fuller, the show would love to see Chilton in an expanded role that would see him “be a nemesis of sorts for Will in the institution.”

Meanwhile, there’s still the issue of Will coming to the conclusion Hannibal was responsible for the murders, and although he wound up on the losing end, Fuller feels like Will would have mentioned something to Jack Crawford prior to being tossed in a cell. In addition to facing a review board as fallout for the Will Graham fiasco, it seems that investigating Will’s claims will clearly be a part of Jack’s season 2 arc.

“…Jack will be investigating those accusations. I think after Will woke up from getting shot by Jack and before he was put into the institution, he shared his theories about Hannibal. Now it’s up to those characters and Hannibal Lecter to either support or deny those accusations in a properly investigated way.”

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But what about the guy who gave his name to the series, what is he going to be doing next season? As Fuller puts it, “Hannibal will always want to be close to Will,” and attraction may play a part in the character’s downfall.

“Hannibal is absolutely on a journey of self-exploration, and he’s fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that’s come over him…Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham…Now, Will has nothing to lose, and he will be a very dangerous dance partner for Hannibal Lecter.”

Keep in mind these details are preliminary, but it sounds like season 2 may consist of something different from the killer-of-the-week style season 1 used to great effect. Most interesting will be the role reversal of Will being thought of as a potential murderer, and how that will play into the character’s unique gifts and interaction with the supporting cast.

At any rate, this should give the Fannibals something to tide them over until 2014.


Hannibal season 2 will premiere in 2014 to NBC.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. I must say this is by far the best series on TV to date! The more you watch, the more you’re getting sucked into it. Just brilliant acting from all of the characters, but Mads and Hugh definitely stand out! The visual effects are stunning as well and the story writing is also fantastic. I must say I cannot wait for season 2 to start and I am eager for more seasons to come.

  2. Why won’t anyone talk about Gillian Anderson’s character. She knows that she is on a very dark precipice being the only person Hannibal confides in and frequently visits, whilst maintaining a very formidable barrier against his intellectualism and “appetites”…Very interested to see how she is weaved into season 2! Gillian Anderson is “prime real estate” on every show she has ever been on! See “The Fall”

  3. I am watching series 1 on DVD and loving it… I used to read Red Dragon over and over and find Will Graham fascinating. I can’t wait to get series 2 underway.

  4. i didn’t get to finish this series until today. and as some of you say that this series won’t make it to seven seasons. i believe you are all not true Hannibal fans. not to hurt anybody’s feelings. i have a strong feeling that HBO will look at Hannibal and see the potential this series has. it reaches climax and beyond. i was gaging the entire season.

    somehow i always find myself on hannibal’s side. and still questioning myself. its not right. the man is a professional killer and a cannibal. you don’t like him.
    :P point is. the man fascinates me

    • I don’t think Hannibal *should* make it to seven seasons; just look at how poor the initially great Dexter became after eight seasons, it should have been given a limit of four seasons from the start to force it to do more, rather than drag on like it did. So yeah, Dexter; first two seasons were the best, third and fourth were generally okay, but the entire other half was unremarkable dross.

      The last thing any fan should want from Hannibal should be for it to drag on for too long. The series is great because it has a lot of care and attention to detail; if they start churning it out then everything we will love about the series will be lost. I’m hoping they have a rough arc planned up to a third or fourth season and that that’ll be it, as the best series have an idea of how they want to end, as running for too long is the death of far too many promising shows. Lost is another prime example; they had no idea what they wanted to do with it, and after a while it really showed, and it dragged on until it became a terrible show that I’m not sure I’d ever re-watch.

      Hannibal season 1 has struck a perfect balance of pacing and plot elements, with lots of strong character development and a deliciously dark tone, and I’m already about to re-watch it again because it was so well done. I’m hoping season 2 will be just as good, though it’s going to be a hard act to follow, and I just don’t think it’s possible for even such a great team to carry the series for longer than four seasons without having to make sacrifices.

      • But Bryan Fuller knows exactly where it’s going. And has a planned arc. That lasts seven seasons. The first season being the introduction of Hannibal and Will. The second season is the messy break-up. He said the third season would have a fugitive aspect to it. The fourth season would be Red Dragon. The fifth season would be Silence of the Lambs, with a “Clarice Starling-like character”. The sixth season would be the book Hannibal. And the seventh and final season would be Will and the Clarice Starling type character joining together to find Hannibal.

        • Hmm, I suppose if they’re following it that way then they may have enough to work with to make it happen, but I still think it’s a very long time to keep a series running for so I’m still wary about whether they can keep the quality up for that length of time. IMO five series is the limit to what most shows can actually manage, and many should aim for four, but the studios always push them to keep going which isn’t always the best thing to do.

          Don’t get me wrong, if they can keep it up for seven series then I’ll absolutely watch them all, but I hope they keep in mind that if the quality is dropping that they should find a suitable point and end it instead of giving in to pressure to release anything lacklustre.

  5. but it was will graham that caught Hannibal not jack why change it