It's a soul crushing day for Hannibal fans, as news has been released that the highly successful NBC show has been cancelled after three seasons. Followers of the show will know about its boundary pushing content and extreme gore, but that doesn't seem to be the problem when it comes to the show's cancellation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision to end the series was possibly made due to a rights issue. Show creator Bryan Fuller had planned to introduce the character of 'Clarice Starling' for the fourth season of the series, but the rights to the character (most recently portrayed by Julianne Moore) are said to be unavailable for use.
NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers," Fuller stated. "Jen Salke (NBC Entertainment exec) and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
WAIT. Does this mean Hannibal might return? Maybe? Possibly? I'll take what I can from that statement. The show has a tremendously high rating of 8.7/10 on IMDB, and trumps other popular shows such as The Blacklist, Gotham, and Bates Motel and has an equal rating to chart topper The Walking Dead. So basically, I'm not going to let this go. They can't cancel it. They CAN'T! Not indefinitely at least.
If the show ever does continue, there is one thing they may just need to change: the violence. Wait wait, don't jump down my throat just yet! As a hardened horror fan who has sat through repulsive films such as The Human Centipede trilogy and the pure torture porn that is the Saw series, I must say that I found certain scenes in the show (particularly in Season 2) to be just a little TOO much to consider entertainment. I wasn't enjoying watching the savage dismemberment of cast members, it was just too much. However, I did put up with it - simply because I am a massive fan of the series. I mean come on, it's amazing.
If the show dampened down the gore just a little - I mean, not too much, we don't want a PG-13 show or anything - then perhaps another network would consider taking on the fourth season. Simply put, this show may need a few small adjustments, but it DESERVES to go on. The show must go on, right? The acting is superb, the story hooks you from the beginning, and the entire series is so beautiful and artfully filmed, we just can't give up on it.