Hannibal is the only show I know that gladly became a fan-fiction of itself. So quickly was the villain of the week format ditched for what the fans really wanted; two men being so in love that they almost forget they want to kill and eat one another, which is actually pretty sexy in itself if I may say. This show didn't jump the shark. It ate it, then sailed on into the sunset. What's that I spot on the horizon? Why it's the trailer for Season 3!
So what allies of craziness are we to be led down with Hannibal Season 3?
Revenge? Probably Not.
As we begin, Hugh Dancy finds himself in a bit of a pickle after Hannibal murdered everyone he knew because he didn't know how to end season 2. I'm generally okay with this beat. Will Graham being sad is a good way to tell the show is back, because let's face it, this show is basically just Will Graham being sad.
Will goes and visits a mysterious shaman lady who lives in an immaculately furnished room. I don't know where this is exactly, because in Hannibal, the entire world seems to be made of immaculately furnished rooms. Perhaps that's a tactic of the show; making everything look so nice and expensive that you're unmoved by the death all around it. The viewer is supposed to think "I don't care about these people! They have nicer stuff than me!" By that logic, I can't wait for the episode where Mads Mikkelsen murders the cast of Friends.
Hannibal Got a Makeover!
So Will is on the hunt for Hannibal, but it's different now, because Hannibal's wearing a sexy leather jacket at some kind of cocktail party! Does this mean he's trying to blend in with us normies? Is his exterior allusion to class set to break down and reveal his monstrous actuality? Or perhaps the producers just through Mads Mikkelsen would look fine in a sexy leather jacket. In that case, they're right!
Then the trailer does an old Inception "BWAM", but it's a muted distant one, like you're making a poor quality Skype call to Hans Zimmer. Then this rattling starts like an annoying kid running a stick along a fence, and everything we can expect is flashed before us!
No Jack Crawford and No Alana Bloom!
They're probably dead. The end of Season 2 wanted us to think so because that would just be more shocking! Honestly, I suspect their characters might be alive, just because their supposed "deaths" were too basic. Come on, Hannibal! This is a show where someone got turned into a cello, and a guy murdered people because he got too into LARPing as a bear! You're not gonna tell me that getting thrown out a window actually results in death, are you?
No More Cooking!
Hannibal's been on the run, so I assume it's hard for him to find time for his beautiful kitchen endeavours. This is also made difficult by the fact that butchering and cooking human flesh is actually illegal in many countries. I can only assume he's been at large so long due to the gross incompetence of law enforcement in this show's world. Remember the time Will Graham literally coughed up a human ear and his boss was like "yo, maybe take a day off?"
Gillian Anderson! That is all.
It seems Bedelia De Maurier is sticking around with Hannibal because her name is just too cool for her not to be an international criminal! What her motivations for doing so are, we are yet to find out. She was basically an enigmatic construct in the earlier series, used only to shock us in the finale for season 2. Besides, who cares about character motivation when they're in beautifully framed shots like this?
Where might Gillian Anderson's character go in Hannibal Season 3? Who knows? I'm not referring to the spontaneous nature of authored storytelling, I mean I literally don't know what to expect from these people anymore.They're all crazy and we seem to love them for it!
No More Fishing Metaphors!
Sorry! This time around, when we need to see Will Graham's inner turmoil, he'll have dreams about walking in a graveyard, or maybe he's literally just going for a walk in a grave yard... why not? I don't even know what symbolism is anymore.
Then comes the long-awaited final confrontation between Will and Hannibal. It seems they've arranged to meet in some creepy catacombs because why not? I kind of want to see their whatsapp messages leading up to this scene.
"Hey, Hannibal. I know some really cool underground tunnels where we can meet and it will be all gothic and climactic. They don't serve food there, but hey who cares? You're a cannibal." - Will
Then comes the line that is the whole reason Season 3 is expanding off previous events.
"I Forgive You"
Of course you do, Will! Because if we didn't indulge the toxic death drive that is yours and Hannibal's gravitation towards one another, the show itself would cease to exist. What's more is that this moment is scored by the most sincere romantic note possible. It fits more with the moment in a rom-com where the couple finally get over their misunderstanding in act 3, and when you think about it, that's kind of what Hannibal Season 3 might be!