‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Trailer: The Truth About Dr. Lecter

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[This article contains SPOILERS for Hannibal Season 1.]

HBO has only begun airing True Detective and Fox is back with a second season of The Following, but for some that’s all just been warm-up for the real serial killer event of the small screen this new year. That would be the season 2 premiere of Hannibal, show runner/creator Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and executive producer David Slade’s (Hard Candy) darkly surreal procedural inspired by Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel.

To recap, the Hannibal season 1 finale (“Savoureux”) concluded with FBI special agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) having been freed from the mental anguish caused by his advanced encephalitis, but incarcerated in prison thanks to Dr. Lecter framing his “friend” Will for his own brutal (if artistic) killings as the Chesapeake Ripper.

Following the release of a few posters and short clips that tease Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) up to his old habits, NBC has premiered a proper trailer for the second season of Fuller’s show – and as expected, it’s like watching a disturbing nightmare, just on its own.

It doesn’t really feel like a spoiler to reveal that Jack Crawford (Laurence Fisburne) and Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) ends up discovering the truth about Dr. Lecter this season. The bigger question is, seeing how Fuller has taken long strides to deviate from Harris’ source material already, will everyone be making it out alive when everything hits the fan – much less, make it out in one piece?

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Hannibal season 1 pulled viewers into the waking nightmare that is crime scene investigation. Fuller’s approach not only brought an emotional weightiness to the show’s familiar genre proceedings, but also creates what might be the closest thing on television to the actual psychological experience of tracking serial killers for a career – through its stylistically heightened portrayal of the job, that is.

It’ll be interesting to see if season 2 of Hannibal can sustain that momentum, now that Will’s (literally) seeing the world more clearly than ever he did before. The full trailer suggests that it might, with even more bizarre murders (corpses arranged like an Escher spiral) and eery visual symbolism (Dr. Lecter as the ‘Ravenstag’) that reminds us: the nightmare is far from over yet.


The Hannibal season 2 premiere “Kaiseki” airs on NBC on Friday night, February 28th, 2014.

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  1. I wish they hadn’t spoiled that bit where Hannibal is trying to kill Jack by putting it in the trailer, but it sure was badass. Looks like an amazing season to come.

  2. Utterly stunning. Symbolism all present and correct (check the iris at 1:20). Mads looks on God beating form and the final 25 seconds was startling.

    As for the spoiler element? Well, it isn’t much of a secret that Dr. Lecter gets caught. As Fuller already stated, S4 is ‘Red Dragon’, S5 ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. I can understand how some people would prefer to wait for the actual impact of the good Dr. charging at the door, but it didn’t spoil a bit of it for me. That one scene alone I would hope would bring in more viewers and cement its place for an earlier than before renewal.

    We simply must get the 7 season arc here.

    • I wasn’t surprised that Hannibal will get caught in this season, I’m surprised they actually show it in the trailer. Though I think that Hannibal won’t get arrested at the end of this season since Fuller said that the third season is in the direction of a fugitive situation for Hannibal.
      I loved that scene where Hannibal is about to hit the door to get Crawford, this season will show more the monster side of Hannibal.

      Quite excited for the future seasons, we’ll soon get to Red Dragon and Silence of the Lamb. I do hope they get the rights of Clarice Starling for the 5th season. Curious on how they’ll end in season 7, Fuller wanted the character of Will Graham and Clarice Starling (if possible) together to face Hannibal.

  3. This season is going to be AWESOME!!!! Such an underrated show

  4. I’m getting sick of people making videos like this not available in Canada when they are from the states. Please explain the reasoning behind this, when I can easily find videos such as this in other places. I can not see any reason besides ignorance and stupidity. Possibly whoever designed this website was shoved into too many lockers in school or can not get out of closet that they put them self into. Ill go watch this video now anyway on another website quicker then it took me to write this. Hopefully this comment stays up long enough for other people to see it who share this thought!

  5. I cannot wait. This show is soo underrated and IMO, makes a show like The Following look rather childish. I like the dark tones of this series and the Will/Hannibal “chemistry” is just top notch.

    • i watched the whole first season of The Following, and i can only say i’m extremely disappointed. I mean the premise seemed good at first but later on it went nowhere and the twists and turns are just endless horrible cliches that don’t surprise you. Hannibal is so beyond that show that we can’t even compare the two.

  6. I’m awestruck ;)

  7. Mads Mikkelsen wife Hanne Jacobsen. I just read this in an interview what his wife said about this show. Not very nice nor grateful.

    ” I will not be sad if it is discontinued. ” Because she wants him home in Denmark.

    Mads Mikkelsen himself told in an interview that his 21 year old daughter lives out on her own, works and goes to school. His 16 year old son is in boarding school. Why can’t his wife live with him while he works filming this show? She lived with him the first year it filmed.

    She wants this show to be cancelled? Does she not realize there are many OTHER PEOPLE who are employed due to this show!

    Maybe I won’t invest my time as a viewer if she she doesn’t think its important for Mads Mikkelsen to be involved in the show. As the lead no less. Perhaps they should have picked Tennant.