Bryan Fuller, Hannibal showrunner and fearless leader of the fannibals, can now finally talk about the season 3 finale. Good news is he’s not looking at it a series finale.
While it would be a very satisfying ending for the show and the characters, both from an emotional point of few and a storytelling point of few, there’s not a single fannibal out there that’s not desperate to see the other 3 to 4 season’s Fuller had planned (he said in previous interviews that he has a 6-7 year plan for the show).
Speaking to various media outlets, the showrunner made it clear that he will only be done with the much beloved show when “the audience is done”. However, he also said that there will be at least a year of waiting before everyone can get back together and start working on a potential season 4 or a potential movie that continues the show.
Fuller said that the season 3 finale never changed after he and the rest of the writers found out that NBC canceled the show. He stressed that the final moment was foreshadowed thought the season – when Will acknowledged early on that he had to kill Hannibal if he was to avoid becoming him, Bedelia’s line in the finale “Can’t live with him, can’t live without him”, Will’s line in the finale “I don’t know if I can survive this. Maybe that’s just fine”, are just a few examples of such moments.
The showrunner also revealed that Will was much surer of what he wanted to do this time around. In the season 2 finale, the FBI profiler was very conflicted about whether he wanted to catch Hannibal or run away with him, but in the season 3 finale, Will was set on killing Hannibal and believed that he himself had a very slim change of getting back to his old self after he teamed up with Hannibal to murder Dolarhyde.
Will was not lying when he said that he saw the beauty in the crime, but at the same time he realized what a terrifying thing that was and believed that killing both of them would be the best outcome for the two main characters, and the one with the lowers body count.
As for the cannibal psychiatrist, Fuller confirmed that Hannibal was surprised when Will pushed both of them off the cliff, but he also saw the beauty of both Will and himself falling to their death holding on to each other. So basically, he still feels like he won.
Another big surprise in the finale was the Siouxsie Sioux song. Fuller talked about that as well and credited Brian Reitzell, Hannibal’s composer, for that addition to the episode.
Reitzell knew that Fuller was a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan and that he’s seen her in concert “more times than any other artist in my life”. They both knew that Sioux was a fan of the show, so they “reached out to see if she’d be interested in writing a song”.
The remarkable thing that Fuller is particularly proud of is that Love Crime, the song in the Hannibal season 3 finale, is Sioux’s first single in eight (8) years – “she said she hadn’t been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song”. Fuller considered it an incredible honor.
And if that post-credits scene with Bedelia getting ready to dine on her own leg, but sitting at a table set for three (3), made you wonder if she’s waiting for Hannibal and Will to join her, you are not alone. That was the very intent of the scene and Fuller is still holding onto hope that he will get to continue the story. He said that “the most interesting chapter of Will Graham’s story is yet to be told”.
The showrunner assured everyone that Martha De Laurentiis is still looking for ways to allow Fuller to do that, one of which is the possibility a feature film.
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