So after that short promo that hit the web the other day, we now have a full trailer for Hannibal Season 2.
It looks to be an especially Graham vs. Hannibal-driven season.
The series stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Graham, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who is helping with the cases and, unbeknownst to Will, is also a serial killer himself. Laurence Fishburne stars as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.
Series creator Bryan Fuller was at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour and spoke about the upcoming season. Fuller noted he’s always seen Hannibal’s first three seasons as “three missing novels” in the Thomas Harris series (Red Dragon would be the story of Season 4.)
Fuller noted in Season 2, there’s not quite as much of the case of the week aspect, though it still exists since the first two episodes tell one story:
“The first case was kind of a big operatic story, so we thought we can’t do that in one episode.”
He also described the premiere as a pretty big continuation from Season 1:
“kind of charted where everyone was psychologically from the first season.” Going forward, “We have some long arcs for the show… Things get really bad for lots of characters.”
Season 2 will see the return of several notable recurring players from Season 1, including Gillian Anderson as Dr. Du Maurier, Eddie Izzard as Dr. Gideon and Raúl Esparza as Dr. Chilton, while new guest stars include Jeremy Davies (Lost, Justified), Jonathan Tucker (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction, Catching Fire).
When Fuller was asked how he’s able to constantly delve into such dark places:
“A big thing for me is stylizing the violence so its heightened,” describing it as “operatic” and noting, “It’s borderline fantasy with what we do on the show, so that helps me to work on the show.”
He then elaborated:
“We bend reality. If we break it, believe me, we get reminded to step back. We are in reality, but it’s heightened.”
But the real secret:
“I look at dog videos all day to put me in a happy place and bring me back.”
Premiering on February 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Hannibal is based on the characters from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer.