[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Hannibal Season 1.]

Hannibal had itself an interesting year. Though it was a hit among critics, the ratings were less than stellar and NBC dragged their feet before making the decision to renew the series. Still, a fanbase has steadily grown around Bryan Fuller and David Slade’s twisted procedural – the Fannibals – and the momentum continues to build leading up to Hannibal‘s season 2 premiere.

The series, which is inspired by Thomas Harris’ novel, Red Dragon, has intentionally deviated from its source material while still maintaining the tense relationship between psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). The latest promo (above) gives a sense of the level of intensity the drama has already reached coming out of its first season.

Adding to that intensity will be Michael Pitt, revealed by EW to be joining Hannibal late in season 2.

Pitt, best known for his work as Jimmy Darmody on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, will play Mason Verger, “an unstable wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the deadly serial killer.”

Hannibal’s version of Mason Verger – which will likely be quite different from the character Gary Oldman played in the 2001 film – was compared to Andrew Scott’s portrayal of Moriarty on BBC’s Sherlock in a casting description for the role. Knowing that, it will be interesting to see Pitt bring the same explosive energy he brought to Jimmy Darmody to Verger; a character who’s more cunning and therefor more dangerous.

Joining Pitt is Katharine Isabelle (Being Human), cast as Verger’s sister, Margot. She will first be introduced as a patient of Dr. Lector’s who is dealing with trauma related to her brother’s abuse. But again, this won’t be until later in the season.

Gary Oldman as Mason Verger in the 2001 film ‘Hannibal’

The series will primarily be exploring the fallout over Will Graham’s imprisonment. It was a surprising twist in season 1, having Hannibal frame Will for his murders as the Chesapeake Ripper, and one that not only kept Hannibal unsuspected (for now) and out of jail, but also makes sense for Fuller’s plan to have the show last for seven seasons. Assuming, of course, NBC doesn’t cancel it before then.

The full season 2 trailer that was released last week makes it seem like Hannibal’s true nature will be revealed to more than just Will. Is it possible Hannibal’s confrontation with Verger will be what tips off Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) to the truth? We’ll have to wait and see.

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The Hannibal season 2 premiere airs Friday, February 28th, 2014 @10pm on NBC.

Source: EW (via Screen Crush)