Jiminy Cricket! THAT was crazy, amiright? NBC’s fan favorite Hannibal turned it up to eleven this past Friday with the final episode of the second season titled “Mizumono.” While a lot culminated in the season finale, let’s start by looking at Season 2 of Bryan Fuller’s suburb drama series as a whole first.
Studio “reimaginings” can be done well
Like, really well. As someone who discusses the state of the horror genre a lot, I feel as though almost every word out of my mouth is about a remake, reboot or requel. I would argue that based on The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and although it’s not a ratings smash (yet?), Hannibal, horror on television is hotter than ever now. While The Walking Dead was based on a series of graphic novels and AHS was a straight up original idea, showrunners, who also appear to be horror fans, seem to be have looked to the NBC series for proof that “requels” can be done well. Over the last month it has been announced that Lifetime will be doing a series called Damien based on Richard Donner’s horror classic The Omen (which was based on a book) and A&E has Bates Motel. NBC recently attempted another successful horror reboot with a Rosemary’s Baby miniseries (less successful) but I think you get the point. The number one question horror fans always get is, “What do you think about remakes?” Well, I think it’s safe to say that Hannibal will join the ranks of John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly as one of the best reimaginings of a preexisting horror property ever made.
Hannibal is not meant to be binge watched
Hannibal is not meant to be binged watched as I did over the Memorial Day weekend. Much like a nice chianti, NBC’s Hannibal should be opened up and left to breathe for a minute. The show is powerful and incredibly robust, and for as visually stunning and artistic as it is most definitely is, it also doesn’t waste a whole lot of time. Every frame of the show is put to good use and is pushing the story along. There is no rest for the viewer during an episode of Hannibal and marathon watching is not the best way to do this one. Go ahead and set your DVR and take the next few months to sip and enjoy, not pound, your Hannibal.
Just because a show is on a network doesn’t mean it won’t have bite
The thing “Fannibals” (“fans of Hannibal,” not my word) will tell you when talking about the series is that it is some of the most graphic stuff you will see on TV and Season 2 proved to be no exception. As a huge fan of Dexter, before and mostly after it started to suck, I defy anyone to show me something they did on Showtime that Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal hasn’t, save Deb’s colorful language and showing Dexter’s ass. The point is, Hannibal is the most graphic horror drama on television but it’s also the most classy. Additionally, it’s one of the best directed and best acted shows out right now, genre or no, cable or otherwise. While we know that NBC has struck a deal with Amazon Prime for the streaming rights, if they know what’s good for them they will give that money back, get seasons one and two up on Netflix immediately and for the love of Pete, take Hannibal out of the Friday night doldrums. This show is a fantastic drama series and while NBC has done right by their fans and renewed it for a third season, they need to have some real confidence and switch the night. What’s currently on Tuesday’s at 10PM? I don’t care, now it’s Hannibal.
WARNING! Season 2 spoilers below!
Everyone’s head is on the chopping block
Finally, let’s talk about the finale. Two of our three major stars, Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham and Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford are bleeding out and presumably dying on the floor of Hannibal Lecter’s home. Hannibal has escaped on a plane to France with, GASP!, Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Abigail wasn’t really dead but now she probably is but we’re still not 100% sure. No answers! And, according to series creator Bryan Fuller, Season 3 is going to be going off in a whole new direction. Fuller has been quoted as saying, “that first episode of Season 3, which will function almost like a pilot for a new series,” adding,”it’s a huge paradigm shift, and everything that we knew about the show is kind of out the window for the time being.” What does that mean?! Will there be any kind of resolution? What characters from the Hannibal Lecter cannon will we meet in Season 3? What happened to Freddie Lounds? Or Miriam Lass? There’s no way we’ve heard the last of Michael Pitt’s Mason Verger; will he return next season?
All in all, the good news for the fans is that we will have a Season 3 to potentially answer these burning questions although Fuller has been clear that he makes no promises. Certain actors schedules and availability will add to whether or not their characters will return and what do you make of Fuller’s comments about a “paradigm shift?” Are you finished with Will Graham’s story line? What characters would you like to see from the novels make an appearance? Sound off on Hannibal‘s excellent Season 2 in the comments section!