Hannibal Season 3 Premiere: Bloody Exciting for Fans of the Series

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“Hannibal Season 3 Premiere: Bloody Exciting for Fans of the Series”

Written by Spencer Blohm

hannibalThe NBC series Hannibal is adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, and centers around the relationship between forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (wonderfully portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI investigator Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy). After suffering work-related stress while trying to solve a rash of murders, Graham is forced by his superior, Jack Crawford (played by Laurence Fishburne,) to attend therapy sessions with Dr. Lecter. What Graham and Crawford don’t know is that Lecter is Chesapeake Ripper — a killer they’re trying to catch. With its third season premiering on June 4, 2015, and the last two seasons available online (find out more), now is the perfect time to catch this smart psychological thriller.

Loyal Fans and Critical Acclaim

Although it’s only heading into Season 3, Hannibal has a cult following that’s been with the series since day one. Fans adore Mikkelsen’s turn as the diabolical doctor, with the presence of notable actors like Dancy, Fishburne and Gillian Anderson adding plenty of star power to the cast. Critics have praised the series, describing it as “deliciously different.” The novel (and subsequent film) from which the series was adapted enjoys its own success, with actors Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins portraying Graham and Lecter on the silver screen. But is a loyal fan base and critical acclaim enough to keep Hannibal afloat? Despite it’s almost unheard of 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, NBC isn’t so sure.

NBC’s Dilemma

Ratings for the series are less than stellar, despite its horde of loyal fans and heaps of critical acclaim. Networks know summer can be a sink-or-swim time for struggling shows, which is one reason Hannibal’s Season 3 premiere just happened last week. There are two primary reasons Hannibal was held off until the summer; one being that the production schedule was simply too rushed to produce the quality that director Brian Fuller wanted. The other, and likely larger reason, is that executives at NBC are hoping the summer premiere will bring in new viewers during a notoriously dry period for viewers.

Why isn’t Hannibal the staggering success NBC had hoped? Some believe the show meanders too far from the original novel and film. Viewers tune in expecting to see an Anthony Hopkins-esque version of Dr. Lecter but are treated to Mikkelsen’s devilish yet different portrayal of the brilliant, yet undeniably maniacal cannibal. Can Hannibal be saved? Time will tell, with ratings for Season 3 serving as the deciding factor.

What to Expect from Season 3

Season 2 of Hannibal ended with a dramatic knife battle between Lecter and Graham, with Lecter’s lover Dr. Alana Bloom (played by Gillian Anderson) walking in just as the doctor is throwing himself at the locked door behind which Graham is hiding. Thrown out a window by Abigail Hobbs (who then meets her likely death at Lecter’s blade) Anderson’s character appears to be dead. But is she? Executive producer Bryan Fuller told TVLine that he would “love, love, love for Gillian Anderson to be a regular in Season 3.”

Now that Dr. Lecter has been exposed to his peers as a brutal killer, the dynamic of the series and its characters will certainly change. While it’s certain loyal fans of the series are anxiously awaiting the new series, perhaps the hype surrounding it will attract curious new viewers. Will it be enough to save the show? Tune in to find out!


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