Overview

Hannibal is a TV series which falls into the thriller and psychological horror genres. Developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC, the series takes its inspiration from characters which feature in Thomas Harris novels Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising.

The series looks at the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and forensic psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter. The first two seasons of the show won the Saturn Awards for Best Network Television Series and Best Actor. The third and final season landed the award for Best Action-Thriller Television Series.

Premise

Hannibal Lecter is a psychiatrist who works with Special Agent Will Graham to find serial killers. However, what his colleagues don’t know is that he is a cannibal serial killer referred to as the Chesapeake Ripper. 

The titular character took a keen interest in Graham, as he sensed the agent to be similarly minded. He is capable of empathy, although this is practised selectively. He only murders those whom he considers to be inferior to him, and leaves those he respects alone. He also has a strong sense of smell, claiming that he was aware of his teacher’s stomach cancer even before he was when he was younger.

Cast and characters

  • Serial killer hunter Will Graham – Hugh Dancy
  • Forensic psychiatrist and serial killer Hannibal Lecter – Mads Mikkelsen
  • Psychology professor and FBI consultant profiler Alana Bloom – Caroline Dhavernas
  • Crime scene investigator Beverly Katz – Hettienne Park
  • Head of Behavioural Sciences at the FBI Jack Crawford – Laurence Fishburne
  • Crime scene investigator Jimmy Price – Scott Thompson
  • Crime scene investigator Brian Zeller – Aaron Abrams
  • Lecter’s psychotherapist Bedelia Du Maurier – Gillian Anderson

Filming locations

Primary filming of Hannibal was located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The first season commenced filming in August 2012, and the second season began production in Toronto in August of the following year. With season three, this began in Toronto, and some exterior and interior scenes were shot in Palermo and Florence, Italy.

Where the Florence filming is concerned, notable locations include:

  • Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
  • Piazza Della Repubblica
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Ponte Santa Trinita
  • Galleria degli Uffizi
  • Sagrestia, Vecchia
  • Borgo Santi Apostoli
  • Stazione di Santa Maria Novella
  • Piazzale Michelangelo

Trailer

The season one trailer for Hannibal on YouTube has over 700,000 views. It shows Jack Crawford bringing in special agent Will Graham to take on a series of murders. A woman is heard saying: ‘He captures insane men because he can think like them’. A man says: ‘He can enter the mind of a killer in a way that no-one ever has.’

A man is seen telling Graham: ‘You’re quite the topic of conversation in psychiatric circles,’ to which he replies ‘Am I?’ with no expression on his face. After Graham is shown to be struggling with the brutality of the killings, with his dreams haunting him, Hannibal Lecter is shown at a dinner party. He is then seen eating in a refined manner as clips of murders alternate. He is seen at the end, telling Graham: ‘I think you and I will discover we have a great deal in common,’ to which Graham responds: ‘I don’t find you that interesting.’ Ominously, Lecter says: ‘You will.’

Production

Hannibal commenced development in 2011 for NBC, and Bryan Fuller – who was known for his work on NBC’s Heroes – wrote a pilot script. The series was given financial backing before the script was complete. However, NBC believed in the strength of Fuller’s script so strongly that they gave the series a 13 episode first season. 

The show was originally intended by Fuller to last for seven seasons, with the first three comprising original material while the fourth examined Red Dragon, the fifth The Silence of the Lambs, the sixth Hannibal and the seventh more original content to tackle its ending.  Interestingly, Fuller described the relationship between Graham and Lecter as ‘really a love story’. 

Episodes and reception

The fourth episode of the series focuses on kidnapped children who are brainwashed into murdering their former families. This was removed from the United States broadcast schedule due to a request from Fuller, although it was still shown in other countries. Some reports indicated that the decision came about as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. However, the decision was made hours beforehand, and could have been due to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Hannibal has a review of 8.5 out of 10 on IMDb at the time of writing. Similarly, its rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 92%. Finally, 94% of Google users are reported to have liked this TV show.

 

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Black Mirror

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Lucifer

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Jessica Jones

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Mindhunter

FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench work to understand serial killers by understanding what goes on in their heads. The two agents are at the top of their game by developing the profiling of modern serial killers.

XOXO

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