Everything We Know About Hannibal Season 3

It's time to break out the good china, because the long wait for Hannibal's return is nearly over. When Season 3 premieres Thursday, June 4 at 10pm on NBC, the series will look quite different from where we left it a year ago when the fates of Will, Jack, and Alana were hanging in the balance after a knock-down, drag-out brawl involving everyone's favorite cannibalistic serial killer. Or, in Alana's case, being pushed out of a second-story window. Whoops! 

Anyway, to help prepare you for the new season of Hannibal, which series creator Bryan Fuller has stated can act as an entry point to the series for people who've never watched before, here's what we know about Season 3 and, as an added bonus, a quick refresher on Season 2. 

Warning: Mild Season 3 spoilers follow, but don't worry, we wouldn't dare spoil any major plot points! 


Seriously, who survived the finale? 

Sorry, but you won't learn the fates of each of the main characters immediately, because the Season 3 premiere, which is set in Europe, is focused primarily on the adventures of Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal Lecter and Gillian Anderson's Bedelia Du Maurier. But if you've read any of the pre-season interviews with Fuller, or glanced at any of the promotional trailers released by NBC, you can make a fairly educated guess as to who survived the finale. Seriously, it's like those guys don't know the meaning behind a cliffhanger.

However, even if you have been hibernating since the finale or have been avoiding any and all news about the upcoming season, I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Hugh Dancy will make his first appearance as Will Graham in Episode 2. Nor do I think it's a spoiler to say that you will see Laurence Fishburne's Jack Crawford and Caroline Dhavernas' Alana Bloom at some point, because the series makes good use of dreams and flashbacks. 


Season 3 looks unlike anything we've seen before 

The series makes a significant time jump in Season 3, which is aided by the departure of the procedural nature of the first two seasons. The beginning of the season exists as a pure character-driven story. And for those of you familiar with the source material from which Fuller and the writers have been adopting this entire time, the first few episodes of Season 3 are set in Italy and essentially combine the novels Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. The final six episodes of the season will focus on the events of Red Dragon.


There is more Bedelia, but also less Jack 

Gillian Anderson, who plays Bedelia Du Maurier, was upgraded to a series regular during the hiatus, which is good because every series could use more Gillian Anderson. The series will dive deeper into her relationship with Hannibal, but don't expect her to take on the Clarice Starling role. Bedelia is not being brainwashed by Hannibal during their time together.

Unfortunately, Hannibal giveth and Hannibal taketh away: Anderson's increased presence and the focus on more serialized character-driven stories means the series will have to find new ways to integrate Fishburne's Jack Crawford and the rest of the FBI team into the series. Although he does appear throughout, don't expect to see a great deal of Fishburne, who also stars on the ABC comedy black-ish and stated last year he wouldn't appear in all of Season 3. It's a shame, but not all that surprising given the changes in format and the shifted focus.


Say hello to some new faces 

There are several new faces in Season 3, including Joe Anderson (Across the Universe), who has taken over the role of Mason Verger from Michael Pitt, whose face-eating was a highlight of Season 2. Nina Arianda will appear as Molly Foster a.k.a. Will Graham's wife, while Tao Okamoto will play Chiyoh.

Meanwhile, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, but also the BBC's Robin Hood) will take on the iconic role of Francis Dolarhyde. According to Fuller, "Dolarhyde represents something unique in the triangulation of Hannibal and Will in that he provides Will Graham a version of Hannibal that he may be able to save and provides Hannibal a version of Will Graham that he may be able to corrupt."


Where we left off


Now, if you need a refresher, you can relive the glory of Season 2 through Noel Kirkpatrick's incredibly thoughtful reviews. Or, if you'd rather watch the episodes, find out which episodes are absolutely necessary for maximum appreciation via TV.com's Great Summer TV Cram.

Season 2 Premiere: Will recalls his memories as Hannibal takes on his profiler role

2x02 "Sakizuki": The tables are turned as Will manipulates Hannibal

2x03 "Hassun:" Will's trial arrives with a nice helping of copycat killer

2x04 "Takiawase": Beverly connects the dots to Hannibal and shit gets real

2x05 "Mukozuke": The team mourns a loss while Hannibal is nearly undone

2x06 "Futamono": Jack makes a surprising discovery and a new romance blossoms

2x07 "Yakimono": Frederick Chilton is Hannibal's pawn and Will is a free man (with a haircut)

2x08 "Su-zakana": Margot Verger is introduced and Will tackles his first case since release

2x09 "Shiizakana": Hannibal wears a great hat, while Will and Margot find common ground

2x10 "Naka-Choko": Mason Verger's man-eating pigs debut and Will seemingly crosses a point of no return

2x11"Ko No Mono": Secrets are revealed, Alana gets wise, and Mason is the worst

2x12 "Tome-Wan": Mason eats his face (and some other stuff probably)

Season 2 Finale: Friendships are shattered, people are stabbed


Hannibal Season 3 premieres Thursday, June 4 at 10pm on NBC.

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Jun 05, 2015
well, one thing is for sure: when hannibal lecter says my wife and i would like to have you for dinner, it is not a veiled allusion to a threesome.
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Jun 05, 2015
Great show! Welcome back!
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Jun 04, 2015
I scrolled past everything - cause all I need to know about Season 3 is that the best show on tv starts back TONIGHT and I. Can't. Wait!!!!
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Jun 04, 2015
Ha ha ha.... that was also my immediate answer... WHEN!!!! Really can't wait as the finale was terrific and a giant cliffhanger
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Jun 02, 2015
Yeeeessss I am BEYOND ready for this. There is nothing in these spoilers that makes me less then excited. I trust this show so much, that I dont really care. Eventhough we essentially know exactly whats going to happen, going on the ride is what makes this show spectacular. Yes I'll miss Laurence Fishburne, cause the man is a powerhouse. But I SO here for more Gillian Anderson. Also, Alana Bloom. Moooreeeee Alana please.
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Jun 02, 2015
almost dinnertime!!!
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Jun 01, 2015
So stoked.
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Jun 01, 2015
Anyone wanting to catch up and disappointed to find out it's not on Netflix US can use something like Hola to watch it on Netflix Canada.
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Jun 01, 2015
Will Graham's wife? woah.
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Jun 01, 2015
I'm so excited for it to start againg, the wait has been too F'ing long.
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Jun 01, 2015
Knowing who survives does not lessen the impact of the season 2 finale. At least it still doesn't for me.
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Jun 02, 2015
if someone told me blow by blow what was going to happen on all thirteen episodes of this season, i would still watch the whole thing for myself and then buy it on dvd a few months later. hannibal is probably the one series that no one can tell you about. it must be seen to be believed. it's kinda like good sex. no matter how great someone describes good sex, it has to be experienced personally to be fully appreciated.
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Jun 15, 2015
A surprisingly apt analogy.
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