What can fans of Hannibal expect from Season 3 of the serial killer series?
Series creator Bryan Fuller points out that there will be a "shift in tone" in the third season of this American TV show revolving around a young FBI criminal profiler and a cannibalistic serial killer.
Based on Thomas Harris novels, this psychological thriller–horror show depicts the dynamics between FBI agent Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen).
Hannibal Season 3 premieres tonight, June 9, at 9:45 pm within 12 hours of the U.S. telecast on AXN (available on SKYcable Ch. 49, Cignal Digital TV Ch. 49, Cable Link Ch. 38 and Destiny Cable 61).
After a gruesome bloodbath that left Will Graham on the brink of death, Hannibal Lecter assumes a new identity and establishes a new life for himself in Italy. The along with the company of his own psychotherapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (played by Gillian Anderson).
Read excerpts from their interview below:
Could you summarize this season?
Series creator Bryan Fuller:
"It's such a shift in tone from what we had been doing. The first season particularly was very procedural. Every week we had a different killer who's doing a different wild thing. That gave us kind of a backbone for stories, because we knew everything had to come back and relate to the human cello."
In Hannibal, Mason Verger was an entrepreneur who mutilated his own face. The character was initially played by Michael Pitt but he has been replaced by Joe Anderson. What happened?
"Ultimately, Michael didn't want to do the show, so we tried very hard and we negotiated for a long time to try to get him back, and ultimately he didn't want to come back.
"We cast Joe Anderson who takes the role in a different way. It was sort of an organic place for us to shift gears because his face is so mutilated, it was like, well, I could put on the mutilated face... but, what Joe does with the role...
"I remember the very first conversation I was having with Joe and he was like, 'So who is it that I'm playing? I know Michael Pitt played it, but who is he?'
"I was like, 'Did you see Hannibal, the Gary Oldman character?'
"He was like, 'That guy?! I'm gonna play that guy?!' And he was like, 'I'm in. I'll totally do it.'"
It was also revealed that the third season will bring back Margot Verger, a lesbian character from the book.
"We have Katherine Isabelle back, and she's fantastic. She has a lot to do in this season, including amazing lesbian sex sequences that are kaleidoscopic."
How can new audience members relate to this new season?
"It’s interesting to start the first episode because looking at it now with fresh eyes, it does reframe the show in a very specific way, where if you understand that Hannibal is a cannibal and that he's on the loose... you'll plop right in and you'll figure it out, because the dynamic between Gillian [Anderson] and Mads [Mikkelsen] is so icy hot in a way. You've got both of these people who are kind of frigid on the surface, but have a lot of intensity and have wonderful chemistry together, that it take you on a journey that ... it's actually a good entry point.
ON KILLING OFF ASIAN CHARACTER. One of the most-talked about scenes in Hannibal Season 2 was the death of Beverly Katz in Episode 4.
Beverly is a crime scene investigator portrayed by American actress Hettienne Park. Hettienne's parents immigrated to the United States from Korea. ï¿½
How much do you care about Twitter feedback? Would you change the story line? Would you change characters?
"I care a little bit when its a point, because last year when we killed off Beverly Katz, I was accused of being a racist and a misogynist for killing off an Asian character. It got a lot of vitriol online, and it was hard for me to take personally. Because I was like, if anybody knows me at all, they would know that I'm not racist, or misogynistic in the least. But, because we killed off a female character that as Asian, that was the interpretation. That was the rage. I didn't really react to that as much as I thought."