“Hannibal’s” fate may have been sealed by NBC, but creator Bryan Fuller is working hard on shopping the series for future seasons. However, just because Season 4 and beyond is in limbo, doesn’t mean that the chilling show will deliver a disappointing ending for its fans.
NBC announced the cancellation news on June 22 with 10 episodes remaining in its third season. While viewers were shocked by the announcement, showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that it was “based on their contracts.”
“They had to give the studio an answer by the time the cancellation was announced,” he explained.
With filming for the season complete, cancellation news means that fans could get a disappointing ending. But Fuller promises that is not the case.
“There will be a huge move for the show and it will be as satisfying as ending as it would have been in the first two seasons,” Fuller told the Hollywood Reporter. “So if we had ended with Will taking the fall for Hannibal’s crimes that would be a satisfying ending. Or if Hannibal is actually laying all of his friends to waste and walking out in the rain, that would be a satisfying ending. And this ending for Season 3 would be as satisfying.”
That’s not to say that there can’t be a fourth season. The showrunner previously revealed that his idea for next season is “perhaps one of the coolest yet.”
“I would love to do it some capacity,” he teased TVLine, revealing that it would dive deep into Hannibal and Will Graham’s relationship.
However, one thing is certain – the introduction of “Silence of the Lambs” character Clarice is not in the immediate future. Bryan Fuller explained at the 2015 ATX Television Festival earlier this month that they ran into issues getting the rights to Clarice. If they did manage to get the rights – and “Hannibal” got picked up by network – then Fuller told the Hollywood Reporter that the character wouldn’t make it on screen until Season 5.