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Hannibal season 3 premieres on NBC on June 4, 2015
“Hannibal” season 3 premieres on NBC on June 4, 2015

*WARNING: SEASON 2 SPOILER HERE*

I have been lucky enough to screen the first three episodes of season 3 of “Hannibal.” This season will eventually include at least part of the Red Dragon story, so we can assume that Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) will be caught at some point and incarcerated so that he can help Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) capture Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage). Whether that will happen this season, however, I’m not sure.

Gillian Anderson as Bedelia in "Hannibal"
Gillian Anderson as Bedelia in “Hannibal”

Until then, the season starts with Hannibal up to his old tricks in Europe. We see him with a terrified Bedelia (Gillian Anderson) by his side, and he poses as a Dante expert in Italy. Will, who is suffering from hallucinations, is tracking the cannibal. Don’t expect Will in the first episode, though, and don’t expect to always be sure what’s real and what isn’t. (But then, if you watched seasons 1 and 2, you’re probably used to that.)

Series creator Bryan Fuller has teased that when Will and Hannibal do meet up again, there will be a touching and intense bromance scene between the two. We also know that Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raul Esparza) will be back, even though he appeared to be murdered at the end of season 2. It made people wonder if Fuller was going to divert significantly from the books. He isn’t, at least not where Chilton is concerned. You can be sure Chilton will come back with a delicious taste for revenge.

What I love most about this show is the imagery. It’s shot more like a film, and it’s filled with images that show us both the horror and the beauty of the human anatomy and the process of eating. It proves to us that no matter how refined and artful we become, we’re still flesh-and-blood animals. In short, season 3 promises to have big teeth.

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