Last April, the NBC psychological thriller, Hannibal, began its first season. Season 1 centered around Special agent Will Graham, portrayed to us by by Hugh Dancy, and Doctor Hannibal Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Both characters are called upon to give their experties, regarding a series of sadistic murders. Questions and accusations arise, causing an intricate pattern of duplicitous manipulation within the storyline. The season explored themes of insanity and mistaken identity, coupled with extremely cool plot-twists. Oh and there was even a strange love story going on there too.
I could tell you more, but the essence of Hannibal is rooted in shocking revelations and discoveries. So you basically need to go and watch season 1 right now. The show (as you can guess from the title) is based on the original book series of famous author Thomas Harris. If you’re not much of a reader, don’t worry though, because you’ve probably already seen the character of Hannibal Lecter on screen in Silence of the Lambs (1991). I am of course referring to the terrifyingly brilliant and Oscar-winning performance of Anthony Hopkins. THAT GUY GAVE ME NIGHTMARES.
Many people, including myself, first assumed Mads Mikkelsen would not be able to pull off the role of Hannibal after the chilling on-screen portrayal by Hopkins. I could not have been more wrong! The Danish actor brings an entirely new perspective of Harris’ original character. The smooth-talking psychopath is not even the main character in Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation, however it is impossible not to sit on the edge of your seat whenever he’s around. It’s also important to note that the mysterious psychiatrist is not behind bars, as he was in Silence of the Lambs.
Several trailers have been posted online by NBC of the new season, giving fans tasters for what is yet to come. This season will kick off from the chain-reaction set of events in last year’s final episode. I personally think NBC and IGN have been a little too open in terms of revealing how the previous season ended. As I care (perhaps way too much) about not spoiling amazing plot-twists for people, I will offer this clip from the upcoming season which will air on Friday the 28th of February at 10 pm. It won’t give anything away, merely provide a look at what you can expect. Oh and if you’re squeamish, viewer discretion is advised!
There’s still time to watch season 1 and if you haven’t, I implore you to do so. Obviously, I hope you do it legally!