Hannibal: Season 2 spoilers
- Returning characters
- Episode information
- Plot details
[Last updated: 10 Feb. 2014 - 2.11 title & new promo stills
Updated regularly as new information is released. If you see something I’ve missed, let me know. Massive spoilers, so under a cut.
Filming of S2 began 10 September in Toronto. US broadcast begins 28th February 2014 on NBC.
- Jeremy Davies will appear in two episodes as “Peter Bernardone, an animal rescue worker who becomes a suspect when a bizarre murder is discovered at a stable where he once worked” (x)
- Chris Diamantopoulos will play Clark Ingram, Peter’s longtime social worker who has perhaps been too influential in his client’s life” (x)
- Offer made to David Bowie to play Count Robert Lecter, Hannibal’s uncle. (x) This character is killed off in the books, but Bryan Fuller is quoted as saying, “since our timeline is a little more present, there’s a little bit of J.J. Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could be alive”.
- Cynthia Nixon as Kade Prurnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who is investigating the events of the first season and Jack Crawford’s culpability. (x) She will appear in the first three episodes.
- Amanda Plummer will play Katherine Pimms, "a hippie-chic acupuncturist who’s been causing trouble, on the fourth episode of Season 2" (x); she’ll ”make you think twice about going to get acupuncture” (x)
- The name of Will’s lawyer for his murder trial has been announced as Leonard Braver, who is hoping to make his career on such a high-profile case (x).
- Martin Donovan has been cast as “the FBI sanctioned psychiatrist assigned to give Jack Crawford a psychological evaluation after the events of the first season” (x, x)
- Bryan Fuller has teased a Pushing Daisies cast reunion in Hannibal: “I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [‘Hannibal’] this season. But he was doing a stage play and so we’re planning to work that out with season two. He’s definitely interested in doing the show and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen.” (x)
- Fuller originally intended to cast Chi McBride as the orderly of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Barney Matthews (x). However, “since we couldn’t get the rights to the Barney character we’re adjusting the character slightly, making him a little bit younger and perhaps a little more opportunistic” (x).
- Fuller is also hoping to cast David Tennant, who originally auditioned for the part of Hannibal, in Season 2. (x)
Hannibal Lecter (x), Will Graham, Alana Bloom (x), Freddie Lounds (x), Jack Crawford, Bella Crawford (x), Abel Gideon (x,x), Frederick Chilton (x), Bedelia du Maurier (x), Winston (x), the wendigo (x), Beverly Katz, Jimmy Price & Brian Zeller (x), Abigail Hobbs (x)
Images (misc): Promotional poster (Will), Hannibal’s meat pantry, Hannibal & Bedelia in therapy, Will’s book, Hannibal & Dr. Chilton, Hannibal, Freddie, Hannibal’s swimming trunks (!), Hannibal’s wine cellar (and a severed arm), Will in a cage, Kade Purnell.
2.01, “Kaiseki" (x), dir. Tim Hunter (x) | 28/02/2014
- Official episode synopses: “With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories." (x) / “As Will tries to assert his innocence, Jack and Hannibal try to come to grips with the fact that he’s in jail. Meanwhile, Kade Purnell visits Will.” (x)
- 2.01 & 2.02 form a 2-part season opener (x).
- 2.01 is like “episode 14 of season 1”, a follow-up to the finale (x)
- The first episode will introduce the framing device for the season: it contains a big action scene between Jack & Hannibal, set in the future, after Jack finds out the truth about Hannibal.
- Episode 2.01 picks up very shortly after 1.13.
- BF: “The first two episodes are a two-parter that has such a grand killer at their core it felt like we needed to spread it out over two hours because what he does is so horrific and huge, we needed to give it time to breathe.” (x)
- It involves some seriously burned up corpses (x, x)
- BF: “The first killer featured in S2 is a metaphor for what Dr. Lecter is doing to all the characters in the show.” (x)
- Hannibal will be serving human sushi in 2.01 (x)
- Bedelia du Maurier will return in this episode (x).
- Images: (x), official episode stills.
2.02, Sakizuke (x), dir. Tim Hunter (x)
- 2.02 will explain how Abigail Hobbs’ ear ended up in Will Graham’s throat, as was seen in the season one finale, “Savoureux.” (x)
- 2.03 will be Will Graham’s trial (x); his lawyer is Leonard Braver (x), seeking to make his career on a high-profile case (Will may face the death penalty).
- Freddie Lounds is apparently covering the trial (x).
2.04, Takiawase (x)
Episodes 2.04-2.07 are one big story; things get bad for a lot of characters (x)
Episode 4 will feature Katherine Pimms, "a hippie-chic acupuncturist who’s been causing trouble" (x).
- Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller): “What’s the freakiest thing you ever saw?” IT’S #HANNIBAL S2E4.” (x) :P
2.05, Mukōzuke (x), dir. Michael Rymer (x)
- Episode 5 contains a scene of Hannibal swimming (x, x) :P
- Images: (x)
2.06, Futamono (x), dir. Michael Rymer (x)
- New set/location: Hannibal’s living room (x)
- Images: (x)
2.07, Yakimono (x)
2.08, Su-zakana (x), dir. Vincenzo Natali (x)
- This episode will “introduce an important character, someone from the books” (x)
2.09, Shiizakana (x), dir. Michael Rymer (x)
2.11, Ko No Mo (x)
- All of the episodes in S2 are named after Japanese cuisine.
- Bryan Fuller refers to S1 as “the seduction” and S2 as “the nasty break-up”, so we can probably assume more suffering for Will: in canon, following his killing of Garrett Jacob Hobbs he has a breakdown and is admitted to the psychiatric ward at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
- Bryan Fuller: “The first seven episodes have an arc to them that moves very nicely and quickly. We cover a lot of territory. New characters come in, existing characters die horribly and we kind of established this great ensemble of characters; from Gillian Anderson to Gina Torres and Eddie Izzard, I’m thrilled that the world keeps expanding while still very much feeling like the story between Jack Crawford, Will Graham and Hannibal; that bromantic triangle. All of the other pieces around them are accelerants to the drama and I’m excited about that. The first season had a slow boil to it and we have a much more bubbly, frothy pot on the stove in season two." (x)
- The show will continue its “killer-of-the-week” format (x).
- We know that S2 is Will-centric (x) and will feature a “scrappy” and “more calculating” Will (x).
- There will be ”lots more kissing this season”; but “not always between the right people” (x)
- All of Will’s relationships are fractured, especially with Jack, who is now moving much closer to Hannibal (x)
- Jack Crawford remains at the head of the BSU team (x), but “[he] has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will” (x)
- Bryan Fuller: “I think Hannibal will be preying on the memory of Miriam Lass in the second season for Jack Crawford, because one of the things that is interesting to me in terms of the reality of the world — and we’re telling a very heightened version of these characters and the FBI — but because of Jack’s actions with Miriam Lass and the loss of her as a trainee in his past, and now what has happened to Will Graham, I think Jack Crawford has a lot to answer for, and he would have a lot to answer for to his superiors and the review board. So I’m very interested in telling that story as well and seeing Jack Crawford having to deal with the reality of what would happen after essentially harboring a murderer unknowingly underneath his nose, and also losing a trainee to another killer." (x)
- Kade Prurnell “is actually with The FBI Oversight Office of the Inspector General. She’s coming in and saying, “What happened and how do we do damage control and save face with the bureau?” She’s antagonistic to the other characters, but she’s not a villain. She’s a smart lady who is trying to do a good job. There are some twists with her in terms of how one does that job.” (x)
- "Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see." (x)
- Hannibal’s ‘attraction’ to Will might be his downfall: “Hannibal is absolutely on a journey of self-exploration, and he’s fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that’s come over him…Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham…Now, Will has nothing to lose, and he will be a very dangerous dance partner for Hannibal Lecter.” (x)
- Before being thrown in his cell, Will accused Hannibal of the murders to Jack, and “Jack will be investigating those accusations. I think after Will woke up from getting shot by Jack and before he was put into the institution, he shared his theories about Hannibal. Now it’s up to those characters and Hannibal Lecter to either support or deny those accusations in a properly investigated way.” (x)
- Abigail Hobbs will appear, but presumably only in flashbacks (x).
- Bella Crawford plays a significant role in the first episodes of the season.
- Dr Chilton will have an expanded role and will “be a nemesis of sorts for Will in the institution.” (x)
- We will learn much more about Hannibal’s past (x), including his relationship with Bedelia du Maurier and his involvement in her attack (x).
- Will will have his own ‘version’ of Hannibal’s mind-palace: “That’s the great thing about imagination is that Will’s imagination can transport him out of [prison] and into places, cinematically, that will allow him to continue being a pivotal part of the story, even though he’s locked up. One of the things that was really interesting in the books, is the concept of Hannibal’s memory palace, the place where he goes to survive incarceration with the virtual-reality system that exists between his ears. We’ll be seeing Will create his own version of the mind palace over the course of the second season” (x, x).
- While he has limited resources, we will see Will’s relationship with Dr. Alana Bloom evolve as she visits Will in jail (x). “Alana will have a bigger role in season two. Because not only will she be representing Will psychiatrically in the trial, but struggling with her feelings for him romantically. She was falling for a guy that she knew to be unstable. She was keeping him at bay and now her worst fears have come true that not only is he unstable but apparently he’s capable of great violence. Her need to rescue him may be amplified.” (x) Alana is very focused on taking care of Will (x)
- Bryan Fuller has teased a “huge fight” [Laurence Fishburne has expressed interest in a fight scene.] (x,x)
- Hannibal will get a love interest (x).
- Barney Matthews, who is the orderly for Hannibal when he’s incarcerated at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, is also going to appear (x).
- You’ll get to see Will fishing (x) & Hannibal playing the theremin (x).
- A character originally meant to die in season 1 (instead of Abigail) may die in season 2 (x).
- Hannibal’s family will make an appearance (x, x)
- Hannibal’s sister, Mischa, will be referenced (x).
- Bryan Fuller has confirmed that Mason & Margot Verger will appear in the second half of season 2 (x)
- Margot will become involved with Will: “Toward the end of Season 2, we will meet the recurring character of Margot, a patient of Dr. Lecter’s who has issues stemming from her serial killer twin brother’s abuse of her. (In fact, she once tried to kill her kin in retaliation!) So who, of course, will this broken women strike up a romance with? Yep — Will.” (x)
[Mason and Margot Verger are characters from the book Hannibal. Mason Verger is very wealthy and seriously sadistic (a paedophile who molested his sister when she was a kid). In the book Hannibal, knowing what he is, manipulates Mason into mutilating himself. Mason wants to have revenge by feeding Hannibal to wild boars (as you do), and uses Clarice Starling as bait to catch Hannibal. Fuller has said that he wants to do Mason’s origin story in S2 (x).]
We know something about Season 3 because it approaches the point at which Bryan Fuller’s TV-fanfiction (Hannibal is fanfiction, and it’s glorious) meets the canon of the Thomas Harris books. It’s an important season for Will, because he’ll meet his future wife, Molly.
Fuller: Well, we were looking at our timeline and saying, “Season 4 is Red Dragon”, so where Will is psychologically in terms of his confidence and approach to solving these crimes? We would see Molly in Season 3, and that’s when we would introduce that character. Also, how Will Graham got to be in a relationship based on his idiosyncrasies, that would be part of the story that we’re telling with him, as going from a man who is on the outside looking in at the human condition — because he is so vulnerable and sensitive to other people that he has to protect himself from that.” (x)
Elsewhere, Fuller has said that Season 3 will have a “fugitive” feel—suggesting that Hannibal is on the run. Ultimately, he wants to put Clarice Starling and Will Graham together to catch Hannibal (x), but that’s dependent on MGM letting him have rights to Clarice (currently looking doubtful).
- Also, Hannibal on a motorbike? (x)
Monday, 17 of June, 2013
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