The dust has now settled on what could proved to be the final season of Hannibal.
Bryan Fuller always stated that every season should conclude like it was the final reel, and this did not disappoint. The show went for broke on par with Season 2’s bloodbath ‘Mizimuno’, and for many of us gave a fitting close to an excellent show.
I must say I was skeptical when I heard the season would be split in two with 2 very differing storylines; Hannibal on the run and the Red Dragon arc.
My fears were dumfounded as they pulled off the transition with ease and cleverly wove the story together like a patch work quilt.
Mason Verger met a horrific end and many other characters did not fare so well including Cordell, Pazzi and lest we forget poor old Dr. Chilton.
But what now? There have been thousands of fans on Twitter, Facebook and beyond voicing the need for a 4th season, but where do you go from where we were left?
In a perfect world we would get another season of the Will/Hannibal relationship possibly incorporating themes from the Hannibal novelisation then move on to the Silence of the Lambs arc.
Fuller has already stated he would have liked Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy & Pushing Daisies) to play his Buffalo Bill with potentially an actress of African-American ethnicity playing Clarice.
In the immediate none of this looks likely with Mads Mikkelsen recently bagging a role in the Star Wars spin off Rogue One and Hugh Dancy cast in new Hulu series ‘The Way’ and Fuller also now committed to the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
But would this be such a bad thing? As much as I want to see more I feel that if this is the end for the show it went out with a bang and on its terms.
Shows like Heroes have shown that despite a drop off in audience that given time and fresh evaluation shows can return, although the jury is out on whether it will be worth the effort having fallen so rapidly from its first series highs.
One thing is for sure though, if Hannibal Season 4 is released in 2 years of 5 years, it will definitely be worth the wait.
Hannibal Season 3 is released on DVD and Blu Ray in October.