Hannibal TV showNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 39 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: April 4, 2013 — August 29, 2015
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Gina Torres, Ellen Greene, Raúl Esparza, and Gillian Anderson.

TV show description:      
Set in Baltimore, this thriller series is based on the series of novels by Thomas Harris and brings psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Hannibal Lecter, to television for the first time.

Special Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a gifted FBI criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the ability to empathize with anyone — even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick.

When the mind of the twisted killer that he’s pursuing is too complicated for Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Doctor Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch.

Others on Graham’s side are Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Graham’s boss and the head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI; Doctor Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), a psychology professor and consultant profiler for the FBI; crime scene investigator Brian Zeller (Aaron Abrams); Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park), a crime scene investigator who specializes in fiber analysis; and Jimmy Price (Scott Thompson), a crime scene investigator who specializes in latent fingerprints;

Other characters include Fredricka “Freddie” Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki), a tabloid blogger; Jack Crawford’s wife, Bella (Gina Torres); Mrs. Komeda (Ellen Greene), a Boston novelist and friend of Doctor Lecter’s; Doctor Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza), the administrator of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane; and Lecter’s psychotherapist, Doctor Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson).

Series Finale:     
Episode #39 — The Wrath of the Lamb
After Francis reveals he’s the Red Dragon, Reba tries to appeal to his humanity, but the Dragon is fully in control. He makes sure Reba understands where she is, then asks her to remove the key from his neck and lock the front door. The Dragon warns Reba not to try to flee, but she does so anyway. When she runs out the front door, the Dragon is waiting for her. He brings her back to the bedroom, pulls out a shotgun and makes Reba feel it. Francis asserts that he doesn’t want to see Reba hurt by the Dragon, so instead, he pours gasoline all around them and ignites the room with a match. Realizing that he can’t bear to see Reba burn, the Dragon shoots himself in the head. After the shot goes off, Reba drops to the ground and combs through what’s left of the man she loved until she finds the key. She manages to crawl to the front door and escape.

At the hospital, Reba is visited by Will, who asks her to recount what happened. He comforts her concerns about attracting a monster by assuring her there is nothing wrong with her and that Francis’ actions could be construed as him trying to stop his murderous impulses – thanks to her.

Will breaks the news of the Dragon’s death to Hannibal, who says he’s disappointed for Will. Will came all this way and didn’t even get to kill someone, aside from Dr. Chilton. Will brushes off the accusation, saying he came back to stop the Dragon and the Dragon stopped. Hannibal wonders if Will can even return to family life now, noting that it will never be the same. He additionally asks Will to think of him when things get maddeningly polite. But Will puts an end to Hannibal’s mind games when he reminds him that he only turned himself in because Will rejected him. And with that, Will leaves.

As he enters his hotel room, Will is ambushed by the Dragon, very much alive and armed with a chloroform-soaked handkerchief. When Will comes to, he’s still in the room, restrained but otherwise unharmed. The Dragon and Will forge a bond by trading stories about being betrayed by Hannibal. Will says Hannibal is the one person the Dragon truly needs to change. The Dragon agrees, saying he’d like to meet Hannibal. He asks Will how that can be managed.

When Jimmy and Brian get ahold of the Dragon’s body, they confirm what Will already knows: it’s not the Dragon’s. Rather, it likely belongs to a service station attendant who was reported missing. Brian, Jimmy and Jack agree that the Dragon staged Reba’s interactions with the key around his neck so she would believe it was him dead on the floor. To capture the Dragon once and for all, Will proposes that they get the Dragon to come to them… with Hannibal as the bait. The Dragon wants to kill Hannibal in order to absorb him, become more than him. Jack can arrange for Hannibal to be taken into federal custody. Then, they fake an escape.

During his last session with Bedelia, Will admits, however, that he has no intention of seeing Hannibal caught a second time. This is his becoming, bringing an end to Hannibal. Bedelia is infuriated by Will’s recklessness, saying he might as well just slit their throats and be done with it. But Will stands firm and advises Bedelia to pack her bags – meat’s back on the menu.

When next Alana sees Chilton, he is being treated inside a glass chamber. She tells him she came to visit because she wanted to be reminded of what Hannibal is capable of. Chilton knows better; he’s actually an example of what she and Will are capable of. After visiting Chilton, Alana speaks with Hannibal. She lays out Jack and Will’s plan and explains that the Dragon is still alive. Furthermore, Alana promises Hannibal that if he cooperates, she’ll ensure that his books, drawings and toilet are returned. Hannibal wonders why Alana would support such a plan when his escape, if it were to become permanent, could lead to her death. When Alana doesn’t back down, Hannibal eventually gives in – but with the stipulation that Will ask him to participate himself. Alana, meanwhile, takes Hannibal’s threat to heart. On the day of his planned escape, she, Margot and their son depart the Verger estate.

Hannibal is only too happy to see Will have to retract his goodbye and ask for his help. Will explains that the Dragon once expressed interest in meeting Hannibal, so after the escape, Hannibal is to send a message to the Dragon and arrange a meet-up. The Secret Service has lent the FBI a rendezvous point that has never been used before. Its isolated location should be able to convince the Dragon he is not walking into a trap. The day of the escape, two armed guards join Will and Hannibal in the back of a truck while a pair of cop cars drives in front of and behind the truck. During the drive, a third cop car pulls up alongside the escort: it’s the Dragon. He shoots the driver of the first cop car, sending it careening into the truck. As Will and Hannibal are tossed about, the Dragon shoots their armed guards and the passengers of the cop cars. When Will and Hannibal emerge from the wreckage, the Dragon is gone. Hannibal hops behind the wheel of the driveable cop car and offers Will a lift. He hesitates just for a moment then gets in.

Hannibal brings Will to a house on the edge of a cliff, where he once brought Abigail and Miriam Lass. That night, Hannibal and Will come clean about the real intention for the escape, with Will admitting that he intends to watch the Dragon “change” Hannibal. He also confesses that he’s not sure he’ll be able to save himself and “maybe that’s just fine.” Will then reveals that the Dragon is watching them. Hannibal says he knows just as the wine bottle in his hand shatters as a bullet passes through it. The glass window behind Hannibal shatters, too, and Hannibal drops to the ground as the Dragon, gun raised, enters. He crouches down on the ground and removes a camera from his pack; he’s going to record Hannibal’s death.

Will watches Hannibal, while still sipping his wine, and reaches for his weapon. But he’s too slow for the Dragon, who pounces on Will and stabs him with a knife through the cheek. The Dragon tosses Will’s body into the backyard, where Will pulls the knife from his cheek and stabs the Dragon in the leg. It doesn’t slow the Dragon, however, who removes the knife and again stabs Will. Before he can finish him off, Hannibal jumps on the Dragon’s shoulders. The Dragon tosses him off easily, sending him flying across the yard. As the Dragon walks toward Hannibal, Will retrieves the knife and stabs the Dragon in his side. Blood pours from the Dragon and he drops Hannibal, whom he had been choking. When the Dragon again turns his attention to Will, Hannibal picks up a nearby axe and slashes the Dragon’s leg. The Dragon falters just long enough for Will to stab the other leg. Working together, Hannibal and Will finish off the Dragon. When Hannibal again climbs on the Dragon’s shoulders, Will slashes his stomach while Hannibal bites a chunk of flesh from his neck. As Hannibal and Will fall to either side of the Dragon, he collapses and dies, with the blood pooling beneath him forming dragon wings for the final time.

Severely beaten and bloodied, Hannibal and Will embrace with what little life they have left. Hannibal declares, “This is all I ever wanted for you, Will. For both of us.” Will, with his head pressed against Hannibal’s chest, tightens his grip around his friend, wrapping his arms around his shoulders. For his last act, he flings himself and Hannibal over the edge of the cliff. (courtesy NBC)
First aired: August 29, 2015.


What do you think? Do you like the Hannibal TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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  1. Katie says

    Please watch Hannibal! NBC rarely has shows this well written, produced, and acted. Everything comes together so beautifully. I hate thinking that NBC has doubts about renewing it; ratings are low and viewership has dropped. I admit that the content isn’t for everyone; real-life violence is sensationalized by the media, becoming fodder for hastily put together made-for-TV-movies. A fictional show, however, that reinvents an American horror classic does not attract such attention or discussion.

    I sincerely hope that NBC gives Hannibal a chance at a second season. I have never been so engrossed or enamored by a series. I look forward to Thursday nights – Hannibal has me glued to my television. Please give it a chance if you haven’t already. Shows this complete don’t come around everyday.


  2. says

    This has got to be one of my favorite television shows of all time. The way it’s shot is absolutely breathtaking, and Mads Mikkelsen is doing a WONDERFUL job portraying Hannibal Lecter. I was wary at first because I’m such a fanboy for Sir Anthony Hopkins, but this is a different, younger, more reserved Hannibal we’ve never experienced before. And he’s actually closest to the type of accent the “real” Doctor Lecter would have, as he’s Lithuanian and raised both there and in France, he wouldn’t have a Welsh/British accent, and I can understand him just fine.

    Seriously, though, this show is well thought-out, and a well-done show. It’s so different from anything that’s on right now, and I certainly hope that it will usher in a new line of television shows shot like it. Not necessarily with the same theme, but shows that aren’t shot like television shows.

    The characters are all brilliant. I love Will Graham’s vulnerability, and Beverly Katz’s humor. I also love how she treats Will, the only one who really treats him like a human being and not a freak or someone to avoid. Plus she’s a Woman of Color on a television show holding down an incredibly difficult job at an exclusive place. That means she’s probably at the top of her field, and that’s a positive example to young women everywhere.

    Honestly, if people cancel this show, they’re making one of the biggest mistakes of their lives.

  3. Andrea says

    Rarely watch any TV, but definitely make time for this one. Love the excelent actor who plays Hannibal. Definitely hope this show is renewed for a second season.

  4. lynne says

    don’t like the actor playing Hannibal…his acting is no good at all, seems out of place among his fellow actors. all i see is his big mouth, when he speaks isn’t clear.

  5. Anonymous says

    I love this show.. It exposes raw character emotion and shows that brilliant cops are not always calm and sane.

  6. Anonymous says

    It reminds me too much of ED Guen (spelling) from Wisconsin and Jeffrey Dalmer. We don’t need to be reminded that there are people like that and that just gives another freak more ideas. You broadcast crap like this and people get ideas to get famous in life just like when you advertise in the news media the killing spree or traveling at a high rate of speed on interstate 405 that causes more people oh he or she is in the news and getting attention and no better else is giving me attention so I’ll do something else to get attention.

    Wake up stop the broadcasting and get some decent shows on air and leave the media back at the police station.

  7. Matt says

    This show is great, right up there with The Following for me. I never really watched anything other than HBO series because TV has certain restrictions that make it less thrilling. This show definitely pushes the boundaries and I really hope it continues for another round. Idk what Anonymous can hate on…

    • Erick says

      How exactly is it awful? It’s the one part of Hannibal’s backstory that hasn’t been looked into thoroughly yet.

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