Earlier today a trailer for season 2 of NBC’s Hannibal dropped, and I’m still reeling from the sheer awesomeness of it. With the official release of a trailer, plus the premiere date of February 28th looming ever closer, it got me thinking about what hellishness is about to be unleashed on the Hannibal viewing public.
Here’s a loose list of some of my expectations (and hopes, and dreams, and four magic genie wishes, etc.) for the upcoming season:
WARNING: Spoilers for Hannibal season 1, and possible spoilers for season 2 below.
Or, preferably, let Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) help himself. I’m not sure how that’s going to work considering he’s currently locked inside the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, but Will’s a smart cookie. If anyone were capable of figuring that out it’d be him – plus, he potentially has the likes of Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas), and Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) on his side, along with a new character who will act as his lawyer in the upcoming court case.
On a more practical note, I’m assuming the entirety of Will’s arc in the second season won’t take place solely in the asylum – if only because he’d really need a change of scenery. At one point or another, Will will probably either be exonerated of all crimes and released, or he’ll break out of the hospital à la Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) and try to prove his innocence while on the run. And what I would give to make it be the latter.
2. Everyone finds out the truth about Hannibal and promptly pukes up everything they’ve ever eaten
But not just yet. Drag out the suspense over the season and then drop the life-changing knowledge a few episodes before the finale. Let us see Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) lead the police on a merry goose chase before it all ends for him… a merry, serial killer-y, cannibalistic chase.
But seriously, can you imagine the look on everyone’s faces when they realize they unwittingly ate human meat at Hannibal’s dinner parties? The only ones who are safe are wily reporter Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Choroscecki) and Crawford’s wife, Bella (Gina Torres), who both begged off eating the meat dishes even though Hannibal swore that he “employs an ethical butcher.” That’s one way to promote vegetarianism, I guess.
Promo photos and clips from the trailer do show a bloodied Hannibal trying to put a knife through Jack Crawford, which suggests he’s going to be found out. But how? That is the question.
3. David Bowie is Hannibal’s uncle
You can’t just tease us with something like that then not deliver, Bryan Fuller. Make it happen. I don’t care if you have to sell your soul, make it happen.
Fuller has mentioned his dream casting for Dr. Lecter’s uncle in various interviews since season 1. He reportedly offered the role to the musician shortly after the season’s end, revealing to E! that they “have reached out to David Bowie to see if he’s interested and available,” though they don’t yet have an answer.
4. For the love of god, tell us what happened to Abigail Hobbs
I would prefer for her to be miraculously alive, since I love both her as a character and the effect she has on the people around her, but I’m quite aware of how unlikely that is. Abigail’s final scene with pseudo-father figure Hannibal, one where he answered her question of “Are you going to kill me?” with “I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you in this life,” has all arrows pointing to Abigail being dead and gone into Hannibal’s belly.
So if she actually is dead, or otherwise not returning, I would hope for a definitive answer as to what happened to her – and ideally without the use of baby cow jokes. Honestly, Hannibal, that quip was in poor taste.
I’m still holding out for a surprise return, though, because we all know fictional characters aren’t really dead unless we see the body. And I didn’t see no body.
BONUS ROUND! One thing I don’t want to see but am 92% sure is going to happen:
Someone from Team Sassy Science is totally going to die. I can feel it in my bones. I hope it’s not Beverly.
Hannibal returns to NBC Friday, February 28. Will you be watching? What are you hoping for in this new season? Let us know in the comments!