EMMYS: Bryan Fuller Hints About Season 3 At 'Hannibal' Awardsline Screening

Awardsline/Deadline Screening Of Gaumont Int'l TV/NBC's "Hannibal"The ‘Fannibals’, as well as TV Academy members, came out en-masse Wednesday night to Awardsline’s screening of Gaumont International Television‘s Hannibal.  While the crowd was armed with fan-made comic books, pictures and gifts for creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom) and executive producer Martha De Laurentiis; panel moderator, Deadline’s Dominic Patten, also took the opportunity to geek out by donning Hannibal’s plastic chopping garb.

With Hannibal leaving Will and Alana fatally wounded in the season 2 finale, which screened yesterday, Fuller exclaimed that “There is going to be a painful delay (in season 3) and you won’t find out in the first episode who survives. The first episode focuses on Dr. Bedelia du Maurier (Hannibal’s therapist played by Gillian Anderson).”  As far as who survives, “It’s more like episode 2 or 3,” said Fuller.

Dominic Patten 'Hannibal' Suithannibal in plastic suit 2While the show has been both a success in both its live (season 2 finale was up 19% from its season 1 ender) and extended DVR viewing, what elates Fuller the most is “sharing with those people who watch us live and tweet with us.”  The immense amount of social media has spurred myriad facets of fandom, one of which is “The Hannigram”, which Fuller defined as drawings that are the “Homoeroticism of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham”.

Deconstrucing his writing process for the Gothic cinematic series, Fuller said, “We broke season two down into two chapters, so that we could ultimately tell the psychological tale of ‘The Murder Husbands’ — Will and Hannibal — by the end.  So, the first part was heavily plot driven with Beverly dying, Gideon dying and Chilton getting shot in the face.  It was about setting up these tentpoles, and then capturing the reality of where those things go.  (This would lead to moments) where we’d be in the writers room and someone would pitch a good idea like ‘bees in someone’s head’ or ‘Let’s kill Chilton!’” Fuller then quipped to his fellow writer and executive producer at the screening, “That was Steve Lightfoot’s idea. If someone dies on the show, it’s because of Steve.”

Awardsline logo_use this oneAs far as what Fuller would like to see unfold on Hannibal, he exclaimed,  “I can’t wait to dig my claws into the character of Francis Dolarhyde and his visions of the Red Dragon!” Dolarhyde aka “The Tooth Fairy” was the serial killer in the Thomas Harris novel who killed off entire families (he was played by Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 Brett Ratner film).  Hugh Dancy, who earlier that morning was nominated for a TV Critics’ Choice Award for best actor, drama concurred, “The material with Dolarhyde and the blind lady – we’ll have to approach that in an interesting way.”

The Awardsline Emmy Screening Series runs until mid-June at the Landmark Theatre at 10850 W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles. Upcoming screenings and talent Q&As moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten include The Americans (June 2), Mad Men (June 3rd), The Mindy Project (June 5th) and Devious Maids (June 16). Click here to RSVP.

  1. Hannibal is remarkable, truly unlike ANYTHING else I’ve ever see on TV (or indeed film!). Please let it get some nominations this year because it so deserves to be recognized!!!

  2. Hannibal is hands down the best show in television. Mads Mikkelsen’s interpretation of Hannibal is way superior than that of Anthony Hopkins, he has masterfully added a patina of sophistication and macchiavellic manipulation never seen before in this character. Kudos to the writing team and of course the wonderful cast.

  3. This show is a masterpiece. Every department is doing things from sound, music, acting, and art design that I’ve NEVER seen before. I watch a lot of the stuff from HBO,FX and AMC and this show is just as good as them if not topping them in all departments. It deserves as many nominations as it can get. I’ve never viewed a show multiple times before and gotten something new and fresh from each viewing nor have I ever shred a little tear when deleting an episode off my DVR until this show. And talk about a season finale to go down as one of the best in television history. Wow.

  4. Hannibal is the only series I have ever watched where I actually noticed the craft, the artistry in the presentation. It is amazing in its execution.

  5. Every once in a while a show comes around where the writing makes me respectfully jealous. Hannibal makes me very respectfully jealous. I’m often in awe of it — not to mention the physical production: direction, art direction, cinematography, wardrobing, music. And, Christ, the performances — all brilliant. Took me awhile to be seduced by this graceful trip to hell, but seduced I was and all the better for it.

  6. This show is pretty much the best thing that is out there. I can’t wait for season 3!!! I actually love that they are going to make us wait and bite our nails a bit over who survived by not telling us until a couple episodes in!

  7. Yes. It is really the Best show ever. It tops HBO,SHO, beautiful photography and Mads is just mesmerizing. Thank s Bryan Fuller,

  8. “The material with Dolarhyde and the blind lady – we’ll have to approach that in an interesting way.” Fans wouldn’t have it any other way! :) This series pleasantly surprised me. I hated it at first, because of the gruesome visuals that seemed unnecessary, but I kept watching (I was already sucked in, I suppose), then it won me over with its fantastic dream/vision sequences and the character work by Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.

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