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Hugh Dancy ‘Hannibal’ Q&A: ‘Season two has very different trajectory’

Hannibal wowed critics and viewers alike when it debuted earlier this year, satisfying both Thomas Harris aficionados and new fans with its vivid visual style, conflicted characters and a dark moral complexity rarely explored on network television.

At Comic Con 2013, Digital Spy and others spoke with Hugh Dancy – who plays the tortured Will Graham – to speak about his experiences playing the role, his hopes for season two and the show’s dedicated fans… or ‘Fannibals’!

Some people have suggested that Will Graham has Asperger’s syndrome – do you agree?
“There’s a moment in the first episode where Laurence’s character asks Will, when they first meet on screen, ‘Where are you on the spectrum?’ or something like that, and I think there may even be a mention of Asperger’s… I can’t remember.

“For me, that was misdirection – I definitely do not think that Will has Asperger’s syndrome. In fact, what I think he is is almost the polar opposite of somebody with Asperger’s syndrome…

“The way I came to think about it is… if there is a spectrum with autism at one end – people who can’t read anything of another person – and then most of us are somewhere [in the middle]… then if you imagine the spectrum extending to the other side, to people who have no control over the information they receive and have no floodgates at all – that’s where Will is.

“In order to protect himself, he has consciously and deliberately adopted some of the mannerisms of a person with Asperger’s. He’s chosen to block eye contact, he’s chosen to become antisocial and not engage.”

Did you take inspiration from any real-life figures in playing Will?
“I don’t know that there is anybody like Will, really – just like there isn’t really anybody like Hannibal Lecter… you hope… you have to hope, right?!

“They’re fictional creations, but that said… I obviously read Thomas Harris’s novels – that’s the best place to start – but then after that, I read some of the stuff written by people that Harris had spoken to [in researching his books] – people who work in behavioural science, people who really created that idea of ‘profiling’ serial killers.

“In building up that science, they do this strange combination of intuition and detective work, and Will is that character, but pushed a little bit further.”

Hannibal is a daring show, particularly for network television – have you been surprised by some of the content that you have managed to get on screen?
“I think probably what you’re saying when you ask that is the amount of blood and the bodies and so on, but what I found to be more daring about it – and certainly more interesting – was the format. It’s hour-long, pretty psychological, complex, advanced and grown-up.

“The blood and the guts of it, other than just being intrinsic to the genre, served all of that other stuff – it served your understanding of who Will was and his relationship with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), and why Will is so messed up, because he carries that stuff around with him.

“I think partially that’s why we got away with [the gore] – because it has context and it was designed to be part of the aesthetic of the show. It’s not just, ‘S**t, we’ve run out of story – let’s kill someone’.”

Did you ever have reservations about committing to what could be multiple seasons of a TV show?
“I spoke to [showrunner] Bryan Fuller and he described the first five years of the show – it was very rich and very different, and I was very happy to sign that contract. I think I will be interested and enthusiastic [about this show] five years from now… maybe I won’t be, but I made that guess.

“I’m absolutely positive about it – I can’t wait to go back [for season two]. I was very invested in the show, I really thought we were doing something good.

“As it was airing, the audience was petering along… and then it started to grow – I care about the series, so I’m delighted.”

Will Graham doesn’t feature in the latter Hannibal Lecter novels – are you worried about your role on the show being reduced?
“No, I don’t have that concern. You could have a show based entirely around Hannibal, but I think it would be tricky – he needs a foil. But if that balance changes a bit in season two, I’m good with that, as well. I think that we’ve set it up for a very different and very interested trajectory in the second year.”

Will has this twisted dynamic with Hannibal – do you think he’s capable of a normal, healthy relationship?
“I think that’s a really good question. The most intimate relationship that he has is with Hannibal. But if you know the books, you know that in Red Dragon, Will is in a relationship at the beginning when Jack Crawford comes to pull him back in and get him to work for Behavioural Science, and that relationship is tested…

“But even in the books, that question’s always being raised – is he really capable of sustaining a relationship, in a grown-up, normal way? The honest answer is, I don’t know.”

Have you been surprised at how quickly Hannibal has acquired a dedicated fanbase?
“You always hope for the best. If there was any upside to the fact that for a while we were struggling to get good numbers in terms of TV viewership, it was that this other audience came out of it, who not only were watching the show but really actively supporting it and working towards it, spreading the word.

“That’s a great feeling – it’s really nice to be appreciated, because I felt like we were doing something good. For myself, it felt different and fresh. It’d be lovely to hear that however many million people watch our show on Thursday nights, I’d be really delighted about that, but mainly just because [it means] we get to go on for a while.

“But when I see these people who invest so much time and energy [into the show]… it’s great, it’s really great.”

Hannibal airs on NBC in the US and on Sky Living in the UK.

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July 25th, 2013
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Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’ season two: Will’s stronger than ever before

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July 25th, 2013
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‘Hannibal’ Devours Comic-Con | Grantland Video


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July 24th, 2013
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CityTv Interview


The stars of the Hunger Games reunite at Comic Con and speak about the sequel. Hugh Dancy chats about his role on City’s Hannibal.

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July 23rd, 2013
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Comic Con – Nerd HQ – MegaPost

In this post you will find images, videos and more from The Comic Con as well as Nerd HQ. I have piled it all up in one large update rather than 5+ smaller updates. For the images: Most are from twitter and tumblr as well as facebook. Credit has been added on each photo as well as links below them. A list of the photographers/original sources can be found below:

EW.Com, GaumontTV, nbchannibal, NBCHannibal, hanniboom, kirkspocks, madseffect31, lindsaco, bensmasons, violetlunchell, skitsskat, teamfullofcarraghers, and skinnywithglasses.


If you were not credited, please send me an email or message on any of our social outlets stating which images I have forgotten to credit you on.

Videos have been releasing as well. You can check them out below.

Hannibal Panel – Comic-Con 2013

“Hannibal” Conversation with the Cast & Creators – Nerd HQ (2013)

Bryan Fuller & Hugh Dancy after the Hannibal Panel at San Diego Comic Con 2013

“Hannibal” Season Two Teasers

“Hannibal” Highlights: Conversation with the Cast & Creators – Nerd HQ (2013) HD – Hugh Dancy

Comic Con 2013 – Hannibal – Hugh Dancy Interview

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Hannibal: Hugh Dancy, Bryan Fuller Tease Season 2, Including a Hannibal-Will Kiss?! Watch Now!

“He’s going to be much scrappier,” Fuller teases of Will in season two now that he knows the truth, but has been institutionalized. “We’ve seen him hit rock bottom and now he’s going to come up swinging.”

Fortunately, Dancy assures us there’s still a lot of storyline to be mined from the Will and Hannibal relationship. “I don’t know that it has to go entirely. There’s a connection of some sort and Hannibal is certainly not stopping being interested in Will. I think he’s still just as interested as he was and clearly Will now has a powerful interest in Hannibal, albeit of a different type.” – [Read Full Article & Watch the video]


Hugh Dancy talks ‘Hannibal’ and Mads Mikkelsen at Comic-Con: Watch

“It’s like being the best chess player in the world and finding another person who can play at the same level as you, finally,” Dancy told HitFix of Will this week during San Diego Comic-Con. There was an obvious amount of recognition between the two troubled souls of their similarities.

Like in the NBC show, Dancy and Mikkelsen share a lot in common and enjoy “a level of comfort” when it comes to their “style” of acting. “Working with good actors always improves what you do,” Dancy continued. – [Read Full Article & Watch the video]

NBC’s “Hannibal” at Comic-Con: A Feast for Fans

Fans of NBC’s thriller series “Hannibal” were in for a real treat Thursday when the cast and crew of the show hosted a lively panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
It’s safe to say not a single fan of the show – or “Fannibal,” as they’re known in the world of pop culture fandom – left the panel unsatisfied, as the hour-long Q&A session served up plenty of juicy tidbits about the show.
The NBC drama, which just wrapped its freshman season, centers on psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and William Graham (played by Hugh Dancy), a criminal profiler who’s on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI.
Dancy, along with “Hannibal” creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller, took the spotlight at the Comic-Con panel Thursday. They were joined by executive producers Matha De Laurentis and David Slade. – [Read Full Article]

#SDCC 2013: A Few Tasty Morsels of What’s Ahead in Hannibal Season 2; Watch the Entire Panel

Horror fans love to discuss, debate, and disagree; however, one thing we all seem to be in agreement on is that we can’t get enough of NBC’s “Hannibal”! Here are a few tidbits of what’s ahead in Season 2.

Yesterday we took part in roundtable interviews with series star Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller, director/exec producer David Slade, and exec producer Martha De Laurentiis at San Diego Comic-Con. They couldn’t divulge a lot of details, but we did learn enough to whet our appetites even more for the continuing adventures of Dr. Lecter and Will. – [Read Full Article]

‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Details and More Revealed at Comic-Con Panel

Hannibal is undoubtedly one of the best new shows to arrive on TV this year. With its shocking yet beautiful imagery of death and horror, its tooth-grindingly tense plots and stellar performances from Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Eddie Izzard, Kacey Rohl and the rest of the outstanding cast, Hannibal is one of those rare shows that leaves you absolutely transfixed and hungry (pun intended) for more after each episode.

If you missed Hannibal when it first ran on NBC, there’s plenty of time to get caught up with the episodes on Amazon before the show returns in 2014. For those who have seen the entire first season and are eager to know what happens next, the cast and crew of Hannibal obliged by making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, to talk about the show and what the ‘Fannibals’ can expect to see the future. If you haven’t seen the first season all the way up to the finale yet, then be warned: the following recap contains MAJOR SPOILERS. – [Read Full Article]

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Hannibal’ Panel Report

In Thomas Harris’ The Silence of The Lambs, a young FBI agent turns to an imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter to find a deranged killer. However, the next season of “Hannibal” will flip that dynamic around, now that Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has been imprisoned for Hannibal’s crimes.

Earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Dancy, director David Slade, and “Hannibal” executive producers Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis were greeted by a packed room of cheering fans. And Fuller soon dropped some hints about where the story is going next season. Among other things, Fuller promised that Will Graham will be feistier and scrappier now that he’s hit rock bottom. Will is also aware of Hannibal’s true nature after last season’s finale.

Fuller indicated that he has laid out the story arc for the second season – [Read Full Article]

Comic-Con: ‘Hannibal’ Crew Teases Season 2 Two-Part Opener

NBC‘s Hannibal ended its rookie season on a cliffhanger with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) on the wrong side of the bars, accused of murder. Exec producer Bryan Fuller revealed Thursday at Comic-Con that the crime series’ second season will return in a two-parter followed by a trial in Episode 3. “We have the season arc crafted, and it’s a doozy,” Fuller teased to a packed ballroom. “We just finished breaking Episode 3, and we are breaking Episode 4 now.” The Season 2 openers will act as a pseudo pilot, Fuller said, reintroducing characters who now find themselves in much different places. “Will knows something no one else knows, and it’s a great place to put a character,” Fuller said. “One of the things I was most excited about in Season 2 was seeing Will Graham hit rock bottom.” – [Read Full Article]

There have been tons of amazing graphics on tumblr from these two events, you can find them all in the Hannibal or Hugh Dancy tags.

As for the turn out, the room looked packed from what we can tell here. And this was tweeted:

Dino DeLaurentiis Co tweeted this for all of the fans who attended and the ones who took to online outlets to keep up with everything going on at the Comic Con.

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July 20th, 2013
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EW: Cast Video Interview + Captures

I could not find an embed link for this video. In order to view it click here, scroll down to the video player and click on Replay: TV Cast Interviews then click on the video to the right that says “Hannibal” Cast & Crew Video.

I have added captures from the video to our photo archive; you can view those here.

July 19th, 2013
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Hannibal Season 2: Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy Tease a ‘Scrappy,’ ‘More Calculating’ Will Graham


Will Graham is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore.

That was the general gist from Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and star Hugh Dancy, as they spoke with Michael Ausiello about Season 2 of the dark, dark NBC drama, at TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite.

Fuller, who was joined by exec producers David Slade and Martha de Laurentiis, said that when the series returns at midseason — picking up “a short time after the finale,” in which Dancy’s addled alter ego was institutionalized — we will ultimately see “a scrappy Will Graham coming out swinging…. We get to see what happens when he fights back.”

Press PLAY below for more from the Hannibal team, including the outlook for more of Gillian Anderson’s Dr. Du Maurier (and whether she shares a certain diet with Dr. Lecter), plus Dancy weighing the similarities between his TV character and wife Claire Danes’ bipolar Homeland spook.

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July 19th, 2013
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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’: The gag reel!

The rule of thumb is: The more serious the project, the funnier the gag reel. And you can’t get much more deadly serious than NBC’s stylishly Kubrickian thriller Hannibal, which impressed fans and established a passionate fan base last season. Below is a couple minutes from the show’s gag reel that just screened at the show’s Comic-Con panel.
Bonus! We also have the details on Hannibal‘s home video release: Season 1 will launch Sept. 24. In addition to the 12 episodes that aired on NBC, the DVD includes the full version of an episode pulled from the schedule in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Full features are listed below the clip.
Now here’s Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy having fun behind the scenes of Hannibal:

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio commentaries on select episodes with Cast and Crew including Bryan Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and more
“Hannibal Reborn” featurette
“A Taste for Killing” featurette
“The FX of Murder” featurette
“A Symphony for the Slaughter” featurette
Full Gag Reel
Deleted Scenes
Pilot Episode Storyboards

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July 18th, 2013
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Comic-Con 2013: ‘Hannibal’ panel live-blog

6:46 p.m.: Panel slow to start as they’re trying to fill every seat of a room that’s much too small for a show that people have seen and like. Big line snaking around the hallway. The Comc-Con staffer charged with giving us our instructions is cracking jokes about being careful if we have meat for dinner, and the setting up of placecards for each panelist is drawing whoops. It’s the end of the day, and it’s “Hannibal.” We are punchy.

6:52 p.m.: Aaron Abrams, who plays CSI tech Zeller on “Hannibal,” comes out to introduce the panel. “They offered me to you as a brief appetizer,” he quips, in what will surely not be the last food-related pun of the hour. Indeed, seconds later, he talks about how everyone who makes the show “feeds off of” the fans’ love.

6:54 p.m.: Season 1 recap reel time! So. Many. Disturbing. Images. Also, the crowd is so frenzied for the show that they just cheered the first glimpse of Freddie Lounds.

6:57 p.m.: This is a very in-depth clip reel (perhaps because NBC or Gaumont feared not enough people in the room would know the show, which is really not the case), and mainly serves as a reminder of just how well Fuller and company constructed the arc of this first season, and how beautiful and sick Slade and company made everything look.

6:59 p.m.: “Hello, Will.” “Hello, Dr. Lecter.” Chills. (And cheers.)

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July 18th, 2013
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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ season 2 spoilers: Hugh Dancy, execs talk future at Comic-Con

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July 18th, 2013
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