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I'll Write You a Letter Tomorrow: Why We Can't Wait For 'Hannibal's' Return

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | February 3, 2014 | Comments ()


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I think it’s safe to say that after only one season Hannibal is already a Pajiba favorite; certainly it’s mine. With an eye toward imagined Thomas Harris prequels, Bryan Fuller served us up a sumptuous feast, focused on the early relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He’s toyed with everything we thought we knew about these two men, casting mind-bogglingly fantastic actors to reestablish iconic characters; Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have brilliantly handled the rest. Of course there’s so much more to the series: great writing, inspired imagery, the rest of the excellent cast, and extraordinary attention to every detail—from Hannibal’s suits to culinary preparation and presentation—even horrific crime scenes are too beautiful to look away. Fans of the book and film series thrill to every nod or twist Fuller plays; we delighted in “Savoureux’s” flipped around closing scene, and this new poster:

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And we simply cannot wait—will barely be able to tolerate the passage of 25 more days until “Kaiseki” kicks off this series’ courses.

If you somehow missed the Season 2 trailer, it features a seriously kick-ass fight between Mads’ Dr. Lecter and FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford (related to Red Dragon events). According to reports from the Hannibal Television Critics Association panel, *minor spoilers ahead, swipe to see: The fight sequence opens the season, then the rest of the episodes will work toward that event, which actually takes place toward season’s end. *End spoiler.

5. Mason and Margo Verger Show Up, and We’re Being Prepped for Francis Dolarhyde.

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Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Seven Psychopaths) is on board as Lecter’s patient and pedophile, Mason Verger. Harris and Hannibal (the 2001 Ridley Scott film) fans will remember an older version of Verger, bent on revenge against Lecter. Pitt’s version, described as similar to Sherlock’s Moriarty (as played by Andrew Scott), begins a deadly cat and mouse game with our good doctor…I think we all know who’ll win. Katharine Isabelle (Being Human, Ginger Snaps) will guest star as Mason’s sister, Margo—also Hannibal’s patient, after having suffered her brother’s abuse. And although we may not see Red Dragon character, Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy (as yet uncast) this season, there will be hallucinatory images that allude and are a prelude to the character’s upcoming appearance.

4. A Few Great Guest Stars…and Hope for a Glorious One.

Jeremy Davies as Peter Bernardone

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Davies will play an animal rescue worker and murder suspect. (Just please, let him keep the Dickie hair?)


Martin Donovan as Crawford’s Therapist

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The divine Donovan (Boss, Homeland, Weeds) joins as Jack Crawford’s (Laurence Fishburne) unnamed therapist. Looks like he’s going to need a good one…


Cynthia Nixon as Kade Prurnell

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Davis’ character works for the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight and will investigate the first season events.


Jonathan Tucker as a “Psychopath of the Week”

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Better suited than Mae Whitman’s Parenthood crush, I’ll tell you that.


Amanda Plummer as Katherine Pimms

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Plummer will play a troublesome acupuncturist.


Chris Diamantopoulos as Clark Ingram

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Diamantopoulos (Episodes, Arrested Development) guests as Bernardone’s (Jeremy Davies) social worker.


And We’re Still Holding out Hope for David Bowie as Hannibal’s Uncle.

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“…still hoping that will come together. If not, Fuller will ‘park’ the character for a while until Bowie is available.”

(Along with series regulars, Raúl Esparza and Eddie Izzard are also confirmed to return.)

3. More Gillian Anderson. I Mean, You Can Never Really Get Enough.

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We should be satisfied with the knowledge that Jack Crawford is about to figure out a little something-something ain’t right with Dr. Lecter, and we get to see that play out in the very first episode. But bloodthirsty savages like us, we’re never quite sated, are we? I find myself wondering how much has crossed Dr. Du Maurier’s mind. Surely she knows something is wrong, but does Hannibal know she knows? And whatever will he do…maybe kiss her? Fuller says there will be “Lots more kissing;” Mikkelsen added “With the wrong people.” Hmm.

2. Even More Insane and Grotesque Crime Scenes.

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Though we can’t imagine topping the first season’s beautifully gruesome crime scenes, at the same time, we have no doubt Fuller will find a way. These two shots are taken from a couple of seconds in the trailer, and there’s an upcoming “beehive” that’s said to put human mushrooms to shame.

1. The Trailer and Preview Clips Are Killing Us.

I don’t know when I’ve been this excited by a television promo before. My heart just leapt out of my chest when Hannibal went after Jack—and then, the run and THAT JUMP happened.

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Let’s not talk about how many times I’ve watched those.


Hannibal returns with “Kaiseki,” Friday, February 28th. The only thing left to do is have a re-watch (Season 1 is available on DVD, or Amazon Prime streaming.)


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) believes a slight tagline adjustment should be made.

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  • robbermaiden

    Ahhhh! I loved this show already and they had to go add Michael Pitt and Katharine Isabelle (never seen her in anything but Ginger Snaps, but that movie won my heart forever)??
    SO. IN. And I was already in.
    Yes yes yes yes

  • ellie

    Just popped by to drop this picture here - Mads when he was a dancer.. has anyone seen this before?

  • ellie

    If it's old news, I'm gonna look dumb..

  • maja

    i've read about him being a dancer, but never seen the pictures. so thank you for that, and even if it's ancient news, one can never look dumb for posting mads pictures.
    never, ever.

  • Bob Barker

    this show could use some bacon pancakes......making bacon pancakes. make some bacon and put them in some pancakes....

  • Uriah_Creep

    Hang on, hang on... Dickie Bennett is going to be on Hannibal? What are we waiting for? Make it happen now!

  • Temmere

    One thing that occurred to me at the end of last season that gives me a little pause: I'm not sure I have much faith that they can believably maintain a status quo in which Lecter is free and Graham is in a psychiatric hospital. The reason Lecter was able to fly under everyone's radar for so long was simply that it never occurred to anyone to investigate him. But the first conversation Graham has, with anyone, will include him telling them what's really going on. He might not be believed instantly, but Crawford and Bloom are too intelligent, and Crawford in particular is far too suspicious, for them to dismiss such an accusation outright.

    I'm not saying they can't make it work, but I hope they address this.

  • Less Lee Moore

    I know it's hard to suspend disbelief but consider this: they haven't seen the things the audience has seen regarding Hannibal's behavior. And he has no history of crazy, whereas Will does. It's kind of like when that one person has been gaslighted by the guy everyone thinks is amazing and wonderful and that one person claims he's a rapist and no one believes it.

  • googergieger

    It reminds me of Wire in the Blood. Though more emotional and episodic I guess.

  • maja

    oh, i loved "wire in the blood". brilliant show.

  • This is the first time I've ever considered re-watching a network TV show, before the next season starts. The only other show I've done this with is Mad Men.

  • seth

    Did you just waste a Westerberg quote on a sub-par show?

  • Hmpf!

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I'm not sure it says good things about my psyche that this was my reaction to more Mads and graphic murders on my television:
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/4df...

  • Some Guy

    One wonders if they're ever going to get William Peterson into the mix.

  • Some Guy

    Is there a reason why I got a downvote for mentioning an actor on par with any cast member in the series thus far, and one with a connection to the material?

    I mean, CSI wasn't the best show of all time, but it certainly wasn't the worst, and you can certainly do worse than William Peterson.

  • SVR

    I'm so fucking excited I almost can't take it. Like, I'm seriously all tingly looking at previews. Will being cured of his illness and meeting Hannibal on equal terms is going to be the best damn cat and mouse relationship ever -- with each participant taking turns as predator and prey. Cannot wait.

  • Guest

    +1 to all these. We are also supposed to get more Alana Bloom / Caroline Dhavernas which is a huge plus for me.

    *Katharine Isabelle really looks like Eva Amurri in that photo and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed after reading the blurb that wasn't her.

  • maja

    yep, dead ringer for amurri in that one. katharine was pretty amazing in "ginger snaps", so i'm hoping she'll be fine.

  • Guest

    Totes! Plus she's Canadian. I'm not knocking her acting chops, but Amurri would have made it two actors from Saved! in the show.

  • maja

    haha, haven't thought of that, but yes! plus, they should bring jena malone for a little reunion then, while we're at it. (she'd be so perfect in "hannibal")

  • Guest

    Hannibal Casting Wish List:

    1.Mandy Patinkin
    2.Lee Pace
    3.William Sadler
    4.Diana Scarwid
    5.Tracie Thoms
    6. Ellen Muth
    7.Happy Time Temp Agency

    8.Molly Parker (not that she has any connection to the Fullerverse): she would look amazing on screen with the shows visual style (see Kacey Rohl) and is super talented.

    Also but not musts: Anna Friel & Kristin Chenoweth.

  • juarhela

    YES to Lee Pace! He is part of the Fullerverse, he should show up sometime.

  • Guest

    As Francis Dolarhyde maybe? If the show lasts 4 seasons.

  • maja

    mandy patinkin should be in everything, no discussion there. and also, big yes goes for sadler and molly parker. and, parker immediately makes me think of olivia williams, so she as well.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Can't wait for my favourite TV show from last year to return. And those suits.

    I'm conflicted about Pitt though, even if the guy is an immensely talented actor.

    According to rumours on the set of Boardwalk Empire and Funny Games he is a LaBeoufian type of douchebag and an absolute pain in the ass to work with.

  • Yeah, we'll have to see how that works out. I have full confidence that if he goes douche, Mads will handle him.

  • juarhela

    Well, you know what happens to rude people when Hannibal's around...

  • Guest

    Would "douche" not ruin the taste?

    *Maybe some Sriracha would help.

  • emmalita

    Sriracha makes everything better.

  • SHRIIIIIEEEEEK!!! I cannot, cannot, cannot wait. It'll be the best early birthday present ever!

  • maja

    as if all those delicious actors weren't enough (aside pitt's personal douchebaggy issues, he'll be so damn good in this role), there's a possible bowie appearance! and a cherry on top, "lot more kissing, with the wrong people".

  • Brian Merritt

    Been counting down the days. Very excited.

  • janetfaust

    Cannot wait!! Just have to finish watching the Blu Ray of season 1 with the extra long episodes. The show is so gorgeous in BR, I believe it is worth the price over just waiting for it to show up on Netflix or Hulu.

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