‘Hannibal’ Officially Renewed for Season 3

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Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in Hannibal Season 2 Episode 10 Hannibal Officially Renewed for Season 3

The second season of NBC’s gripping serial killer thriller series Hannibal is well under way and getting more shocking with each new episode, especially for those who have read the books/seen the movies and think they know what is going to happen next.

Hannibal has drawn a great deal of critical acclaim and gathered a dedicated fanbase since its first season, but even with 3.4 million viewers tuning in for the season two premiere, showrunner Bryan Fuller has admitted that “the ratings are not anything to jump up and down about.” Nonetheless, he said that NBC has been very supportive of the show and considers it a “prestige project,” leaving Fuller confident about a third season renewal.

His instincts were right, it seems, as THR reports that NBC has officially renewed Hannibal for a third season, adding that the ratings have remained modest but solid throughout the second season so far with an average of 3.9 million viewers tuning in every Friday night. Given the positive effects of critical acclaim for Hannibal on NBC’s reputation, and the fact that it’s relatively inexpensive to produce, it’s understandable that the network isn’t panicked by its small audience.

Hannibal isn’t a show that will just keep wandering on until someone takes away its money. Fuller has already said that he has a clear seven-season story arc planned for the show, which will roughly configure to the timeline laid out in Thomas Harris’ novels. The showrunner has described Hannibal as a “love story” between Hannibal and Will Graham, who currently seem just as likely to try and kill one another as they are to sit down and have a nice dinner. It’s like they’re married.

Hannibal season 2 full cast 570x294 Hannibal Officially Renewed for Season 3

According to Fuller’s plan, Hannibal won’t get into “the literature” until season 4, which will cover the events of “Red Dragon.” This means that season three, like the rest of the show so far, will be a prequel to the books and therefore have a lot of freedom to play around with. Season five, meanwhile, will move into the “Silence of the Lambs” era, but unlike the books will continue to follow Will Graham’s story, as well as Hannibal’s.

Fans of the show, are you hoping that Fuller will stick to the books as much as possible, or do you like being surprised by the unexpected turns that the plot takes?


Hannibal continues next Friday with ‘Ko No Mono’ @10pm on NBC.

Source: THR

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  1. Omg this an awesome show.. im always so eager to see whats next. Hanna and will are def an interesting love triangle. I feel will really cared about him no matter what, it was messed up the final episode but im ready for more please continue this show.. great camera work and the themes everything was great..

  2. Hannibal is a show that. I can’t get enough of. The writing is of the best quality and keeps me at the edge of my seat. I haven’t read the books,which makes it even more exciting to me. I never know whats gonna happen. I hope the viewership will increase so that the series can continue. Every character you have casted is perfect. Every guest star fits in. Don’t stop what you are doing,keep the great writing going

  3. Finally something look forward to! Here in Europe the series have had a possitive respons. Especially because of Mads Mikkelsen, who we will see more of in the future no doubt, but also with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.
    Personally I hope the Americans interess will grow and the show will continue for many sessions to come!

  4. I love this show so much

  5. I picked up season one and, Promptly, had to have season two. I LOVE this aeries! Absolute BEST show!!

  6. This is some truly riveting stuff! The writing is sophisticated and memorable. I only pray that this show gets to run the full seven seasons. Even as horror fan I find it incredibly sinister and squeamish at times- but it has an intangible beauty to it, and I find myself counting down the days to the next episode. To use a pun it’s the ‘haute cuisine’ of TV drama.
    Hugh Dancy plays the tortured Graham better than anyone I could imagine possible, and Mads Mikkelsen is my new favourite actor; everything he does- down to his looks, his very posture and the accent- is how I’d imagine Lecter to be from the books. Honestly, it’s like he was born to play the role.

    I fear that because the program is so, so niche it may end up as another Deadwood and prematurely end. This would be a terrible tragedy, and I know that millions of fans like myself would be extremely disappointed if such a disaster were to occur.

  7. I feel that they’ve dragged out the eventual exposure and capture of Hannibal for too long – all in the name of stretching the series out and milking it for as long as possible it seems. I felt robbed at the end of S2 that he got away. They’ve made the antagonist almost super-human and ridiculously difficult to capture. It’s hard to understand what kind of person this Will Graham is and does it really need to be so complicated I wonder? I find it difficult to suspend disbelief at times. I have to admit that I still enjoy some aspects of it though in spite of these complaints but a series with no definitive ending when you’ve been waiting so long for one is hard to stick with I think.

    • Tim Im really disappointed you didn’t put any spoilers in your post I am almost on the last episode of season 2 and you’ve wrecked the ending for me

      • While saying spoilers is kinda rude if you mean to spoil people, saying them in a commenting section on an article about the next season isn’t so bad and it’s somewhat more your fault for reading comments and articles about the future of the show before you yourself have finished watching it.

  8. So pumped for this season

  9. Please tell me when season 3 will start. I live in Chile and we are waiting for a very loooong time to see this new season, but until date…… nothing!!!

    Thanks in advance for yor answer.

    Sylvia Theune

  10. I have not read any of the books on hannibal or any related subject to the matter. But whatever you all did in season 2 I’d say keep it that way it was the best series I have ever seen. The whole show creates such ambivalence and I can’t wait to see what awaits in the future.