Bryan Fuller knew going into the third season of Hannibal that it would be the show’s last – at least on its original home of NBC.
“I was aware this was going to be our last season. So I kind of wanted to get as much in there as possible.”
The first, recently concluded, mini-arc of seven episodes this year formed a loose adaptation of Hannibal the book, with Red Dragon serving as the inspiration for the upcoming final six.
“I felt like if we were to sustain the Italian chapter for an entire season, there would be episodes that might tread a little water,” he explained. “But it was also an awareness of the scythe over our heads – I knew if we didn’t do Red Dragon now, we might not be able to.”
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