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Hannibal Season 3 Gag Reel Sneak Peek!

To Hannibal, the Series:

A tribute to the long hours spent on set, to the creative energy that guided three seasons of groundbreaking television, to memories made and a bloody good time had by all, and most importantly, a tribute to everyone who made the past three seasons of Hannibal a reality.

Bon Appétit!

August 30th, 2015

Hugh Dancy says thank you!

“This has been a big part of my life.” – Hugh Dancy

August 30th, 2015

‘Hannibal’s’ Bryan Fuller on the “Obscure” Finale, Movie Hopes: “There’s a Few Ways to Go”

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Hannibal series finale, “The Wrath of the Lamb.”] 

That’s all she wrote, Hannibal fans.

Saturday’s series finale featured Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) joining forces to take down Francis Dolarhyde, aka the Red Dragon (Richard Armitage), once and for all via a complex plan hatched in Will’s head. As the former FBI consultant helped Hannibal escape prison in order to tempt the serial killer into revealing himself, Dolarhyde caught up with the men to unleash a blood bath.

During the series’ final scene Dolarhyde was indeed eliminated, but rather than celebrate, Will and Hannibal clutched each other on the edge of an eroding cliff. “This is all I ever wanted for you,” says Hannibal right before the pair head over the edge into the watery abyss below and the end credits cue.

In order to get some closure on that final scene, find out what was supposed to come next and get an update on the potential Hannibal movie, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with showrunner Bryan Fuller.

Why did you want to end it this way?

The story we were telling with Will in this season was one where a fated conclusion was inevitable. Early on in the Italian chapter, Will Graham essentially said, “I have to kill Hannibal Lecter or I’m going to become Hannibal Lecter.” He later finds deviation from that course with a family unit that gives him a grounding that he never had before. When he is pulled back into the FBI and Hannibal Lecter’s orbit, it’s essentially a drug addict returning to the needle and not being strong enough to beat it the second time. He realizes his original intention in the Italian arc is still valid and has to be respected. We knew at the end of this season it was going to be some sort of Sherlock and Moriarty off the Reichenbach falls.

Should viewers assume one or both of them are dead given that this is a series finale now?

I don’t think you can assume anything. It’s very intentionally left obscure but hopefully somewhat satisfying for the audience. If there is a continuation of this story with Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in those roles then of course they survived. And if not then it’s a big fat question mark.

How was it to craft that final moment between the two characters given their romance?

It came out of a conversation with Hugh Dancy. We were talking about [how] this last scene with these two characters had to be poetic and poignant and simple and clean. It seemed to boil it down to Hannibal saying, “This is all I ever wanted for you,” and Will acknowledging that it is indeed beautiful that thing Hannibal wanted for him, and realizing in that moment he couldn’t go back so he had to go over the edge.

Is there a story behind the final song during that scene?

Susie Suh is one of my favorite performers. I’ve seen her in concert more often than I’ve seen anybody so to have her write a song for the show is an incredible honor. We found out she was a fan of the show and Brian Reitzell, our composer, asked if she would be interested in it. She essentially said she hasn’t been inspired to write in a long time until she saw Hannibal and was inspired to write again. So it was quite a coup for us to be able to secure that song and include it in the finale. It’s a career highlight — I’m so over the moon that we were able to pull that off.

What kind of homages did you throw to Thomas Harris during the finale episode with some of the dialogue and setups?

There were a lot of things from the book that were prose, really, and not meant to be dialogue. We put it in actors’ mouths because it was so beautifully written and we wanted the DNA of Thomas Harris to be present in all of the episodes. There’s an interesting sequence in the last two where Jack Crawford and Hannibal Lecter say to Will the same line about playing games the darker the moon. It’s a reflection of their being both the devil and the angel on Will Graham’s shoulders and the fluidity of those roles. The text and the fetishization of the text was really all about the want to honor Thomas Harris in this adaptation.

Are there any characters you feel at this point are incomplete?

Alana Bloom is the one character who arguably has a happy ending. She gets to fly off into the sunset with her billionaire wife and live happily ever after presumably. If there were a season four that would come into question. For now it felt like that character deserved a happy ending and deserved to get away. Where the other characters were varying degrees of dirty, even though Alana got her hands dirty in the Italian chapter, she was an innocent who was corrupted by the circumstances and then somehow found her way back to an innocent life.

Are you still looking to wrap with a movie?

[Executive producer] Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a film. I’m still hoping that we get to tell that story in some way. There is something in the novel Hannibal that has not been done in any of the adaptations and I would love to explore that with Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. I’m hoping that someday, whether it’s a year from now … two years from now … that we will continue to get to tell that story. I feel like if Will Graham did survive that plunge, his most interesting chapter is yet to be told.

Have you given any thought to who you would have wanted to play Clarice Starling in your dream world?

There’s two ways. If you were to go that traditional route, Ellen Page would knock it out of the park. She’s a brilliant actress and has a lot of the qualities that we remember about Jodie Foster’s performance but yet unique in her skill set as an actress. That would be one way to go. But I do think it would be interesting to cast someone who is not white in that role and use race experientially as a defining attribute of the character.

Are there any other venues where this can live on?

There’s a few ways to go. The movie route is very appealing because we have movie actors. It would be great to see them on the big screen and we’ve always shot the show as though it were an independent movie with an independent film esthetic. Coming full circle in return to the big screen is very promising. But it would be interesting to discuss a miniseries or some sort of continuation of the story with another network once all the hubbub of this series has gone fallow. Who knows? Maybe there is an opportunity for us to address things with MGM and Clarice Starling now that the show has completed its run on NBC and there is an opportunity for a rebirth of sorts.

Does the challenge then become telling a complete story for those who haven’t caught up with the series?

Oh no, there’s always a way to come into a story that gives new audiences and old audiences the same entry point with the same satisfaction of witnessing the tale.

Is there anything you’ve learned during this adaptation process that you’re now able to apply to Starz’s American Gods?

Absolutely. [Executive producer] Michael Green and I are very much taking a learned approach to adaptation. One of the things I loved about doing Hannibal was honoring the spirit of the book without necessarily keeping true to the specific plot points as came up for the characters. Sometimes changing a character’s story or swapping stories from the book so it felt new for the show. For instance, in this past season I didn’t want to see Dolarhyde bite the lips off and set fire to a woman. So it felt like a natural substitute to have Chilton set in that flaming wheelchair instead of Freddie Lounds. There are definitely instances in American Gods that we are shifting perspective on. Hopefully they will be as satisfying to American Gods audiences as it was to the Hannibal audience.

Were you satisfied with the Hannibal finale? Sound off below.


August 30th, 2015
admin Hannibal Finale: Bryan Fuller Reveals Will and Hannibal’s Fate…And Explains That Chilling Last Dinner Scene

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August 30th, 2015

IGN and Variety: Bryan Fuller Interviews about the Finale

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August 30th, 2015

Soon: Hannibal Season 3 Gag Reel Sneak Peek

The official DeLaurentiisCo twitter has made various ‘tweets’ about an upcoming sneak peek at the season three gag reel of Hannibal. Make sure to check their twitter around the time stated in the tweet below. And if you scroll through their latest tweets you can see gif teasers of the sneak peek as well, really exciting!

August 30th, 2015

Hugh Dancy explains that shocking Hannibal series finale

Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) finally got what he wanted in Hannibal’s series finale when he and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) killed someone — that someone being Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. the Red Dragon — together. “This is all I ever wanted for you, Will,” Hannibal says afterwards. “For both of us.” Will’s reply? “It’s beautiful.”

“I talked to [showrunner Bryan Fuller] a lot about that, that the motivation for going off the cliff at the end had to be Will’s realization not only that this thing had happened, but that he loved it, as opposed to just, ‘Oh my God, what have I done? … Oh, it’s so terrible!’” Dancy tells EW. “It’s not that. It’s, ‘This is beautiful.’”

Read on for what else Dancy had to say about Will and Hannibal’s bloodstained last moments, how he views the their complicated relationship, and what he hopes for his character’s future. (Hint: it involves beverages on the beach out of some unconventional drinking vessels.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your reaction when you found out this season was going to end the way it did?
HUGH DANCY: Well, I guess I found out a month or so before we got there, that that’s what Bryan was thinking about. And my real question was like, “Okay, I guess I could understand that ending.” We had an ongoing conversation about how to get to that point, like how to make it an emotional pay-off as well as a fun, crazy ending, but actually see why these two characters have got to a place where that might happen.

Where in filming were you guys when you found out the show was canceled?
We had finished. We’d wrapped and left. So the finale was written, discussed, and performed, and put together before the show was canceled, so there was also a very clear idea for — believe it or not [Laughs] — what another season might look like.

Would you come back if there was a new version of his Hannibal?
Yeah. I would definitely be up for it, for sure. Partially because I think everybody enjoyed working on the show, but also specifically because what [Fuller] described sounded like so much fun. Whether it will happen is a different question.

Back to the finale: What is Will referring to when he tells Hannibal, “It’s beautiful”?
I think he’s referring to the fact that in a way, in that final sequence, Hannibal realizes his longheld dream. By the very end, he and Will have killed someone in a kind of ritualistic, cold-blooded fashion. And they’re both there, literally — I remember very clearly — dripping in blood, and that’s kind of what Hannibal wanted to put into effect between them at the end of season 2. That’s kind of what he imagined — they go off to Europe like slaughtering people or something. And Will is acknowledging to Hannibal that it was as extraordinary an experience as it was for Hannibal. And I talked to Bryan a lot about that, that the motivation for going off the cliff at the end had to be Will’s realization not only that this thing had happened, but that he loved it, as opposed to just, “Oh my God, what have I done? I finally arrived at this place I never wanted to be in. Oh, it’s so terrible!” It’s not that. It’s, “This is beautiful.”

When he does tackle Hannibal, what is his motivation? Is it a romantic thing? Is he trying to kill himself and kill Hannibal?
I think there’s no question that that’s a big cliff. [Laughs] There were in fact plans for a fourth season — for that to happen, we would have to survive in some way. It would be another one of Hannibal’s miraculous — he has these skills, who knows what exactly they would have been, but yes … I think Will realizes that the only way he’s ever going to destroy Hannibal is probably to destroy himself. And in that moment, the part of him that’s always fighting against the darkness inside him also thinks, “Not only is that the only way I’m going to kill Hannibal, it’s better that I should go too. I actually have to end both of us.” So that’s what he does.

Do you think it’s an optimistic ending for Will?
[Laughs] I think it is, in part. I think it’s a final victory. I think what happens is, right up until that last moment, essentially, Hannibal is victorious. He has engineered exactly what he wanted. He’s out of prison, he has Will with him, they’ve gone to this brutal, dark place. And Will manages to claw back a victory. So yeah. I mean, optimistic in a very, very narrow sense, because they just both killed someone and then jumped off a cliff. But even so. [Laughs]

Let’s talk about that fight scene. What was the prep like for that?
Very minimal. The truth is, it was a huge episode, because as well as the fight scene, there’s also the car crash when Dolarhyde hijacks the van, and both of those were enormous sequences. We only had eight days to film this episode, as with any other. And as with all of our scripts, particularly our later scripts in each season, the scripts were coming in really as we were shooting it. So, frankly, it’s kind of a miracle that they made it to screen at all.

What was the last scene you filmed with Mads?
[Laughs] I don’t remember. Funny enough, I think it might have been the scene where I go to him, culminating in them putting the mask on his face. So it’s me telling him, “This is our plan, we’re taking you out of prison, you’re going to be bait for Dolarhyde” — which, I’m not being strictly honest about my plan either. But I think that’s fitting. The last thing that happened between Mads and I was that I gestured to the orderly and she put the infamous mask on his face.

Do you have a favorite scene that you’ve filmed throughout the entire series?
Although it was very difficult — physically kind of difficult, and actually really difficult also to get to the right emotional pitch — but the final scene in the kitchen at the end of the second season between me and Mads and Kacey [Rohl, who plays Abigail Hobbs].

I think what that had — not dissimilarily to the very final scene of this season — was a quality where after all of the extraordinary, operatic, slightly hyper-real scenes — where the violence is all very orchestrated — that [kitchen scene] was just brutal. What made it brutal was that he was being so psychologically sadistic, basically. So it was kind of fun. Like the end of this season, it really felt like, even though it was just violence, it felt like a very fitting conclusion to that inner story we’re also trying to tell between Will and Hannibal.

I knew it was coming and I didn’t exactly resist it. He was stabbing me because I had managed to get to his underbelly, his vulnerable side, somehow. And I got turned into that cut, and I remember always saying to Bryan — because we knew that was coming — I was like, to me, it felt like a kind of consummation. It was like, yeah, I know this has to happen. And it’s the only way this can end. And it’s how some parts of me want it to happen.

How do you view Will and Hannibal’s relationship?
It’s not a real relationship. [Laughs] It’s more, I think, exploration of things which probably we’ve all gone through one way or another, which is slightly obsessive, slightly compulsive. In a sense, it’s just like a really compelling but totally destructive relationship with anybody that you keep coming back to.

If this is the end, if we never see anything from this version of Hannibal again, what do you hope happens to Will?
[Laughs] I’m sorry to say, but if we never see them again, then they never made it from their fall off the cliff. [Laughs] It’s hard to say, because do you really kill Hannibal? No. And it’s also, it’s a very conscious reference to Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty. We all know that Sherlock Holmes came back from that. Whether I’m Sherlock or Moriarty in that equation, I don’t even know.

But you know what? I guess, actually thinking about it, it’s hard to believe that Hannibal would really die. Because he’s not exactly mortal. And I personally think that if Hannibal’s going to survive, he would save Will. So I don’t know. Let’s just say they’re on a beach somewhere.

Just chilling on a beach?
Yeah, just chilling on a beach. Drinking something out of a coconut. Or a skull.


August 30th, 2015

Hannibal – 3.12 The Number of the Beast is 666 – Captures

I have updated our photo archive with 1080p screen captures from Hannibal episode twelve of season three titled “3.12 The Number of the Beast is 666“.

August 24th, 2015

Basic Instinct 2 – Production Stills – High Quality Replacements

I have replaced two previously medium quality stills with high quality versions from Basic Instinct 2. A film Hugh did back in 2006.

August 17th, 2015

Hannibal – 3.11 …And the Beast from the Sea – Captures

I have updated our photo archive with 1080p screen captures from Hannibal episode eleven of season three titled “…And the Beast from the Sea“.

August 16th, 2015

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