Bryan Fuller, developer of NBC's Hannibal, has announced that his show is likely to finish it's run after an optimistic 6 seasons. After recently ending it's second season with a shocking finale soaked head-to-toe in the blood of many of it's leading actors, the show was renewed by NBC for a third season. Much to the rejoice of the show's loyal fan-base... who would probably be happy just watching Mads Mikkelsen chop up meat and vegetables for an hour.
In what can only be described as a nod to Marvel movies, Fuller's season ending finale featured a bonus scene at the end of the credits. This scene showed Hannibal on a plane to France, sitting next to his former psychiatrist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), whom the audience was led to believe was not in Hannibal's corner and had previously only featured briefly in the show.
In an interview with IGN, Fuller also stated that he believed Anderson's character was the "smartest person on the show and she will remain in that position." He also commented that he will bump Anderson up to be a series regular, if her pressing schedule permits it. In any case, regardless of her schedule, it's crystal clear that Anderson's character Bedelia will be playing a critical role in Hannibal's upcoming tasty third season. Confirming this, Fuller has stated that the next season's first episode will be 100% 'Hannibal & Bedelia' centric. Yay!
Personally, as long as I'm getting served more Scully on my plate, I'll be a happy customer.