Good news for fans of NBC’s popular hit “Hannibal.” After what seems like an eternity of waiting, show creator Bryan Fuller has announced that dinner will be served once again on June 4, when the show returns for Season 3.

The news came by way of an enticing tweet from Fuller on March 6.

The show, based on the novels by Thomas Harris that became an Oscar-nominated film series starting with “Silence of the Lambs” in 1991, is perhaps one of the darkest dramas on television right now. Speaking to Vulture, Fuller revealed that the typical levity he brings to projects is absent from “Hannibal” in order to make it true to Harris’ literature.

“I’m essentially a cover band, in a way,” he revealed. With the show having so many odd twists and turns, it’s possible that newcomers and fans alike might need a small refresher course before diving into Season 3. To help make sure no one is in the dark in June, below are the three things you need to know before tuning in.

Where Is Lecter?

After the veritable blood bath at his home, Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) made good on his escape plan (although it wasn’t his plan A) by retreating from the FBI to an unknown location. After the credits rolled on the explosive Season 2 finale, the episode cut to a plane in which everyone’s favorite cannibalistic madman is comfortably escaping with, (queue dramatic reveal music) Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). It’s unclear where the twisted duo is going, but as TV Line notes the flight attendant was speaking French. Perhaps the killer with refined taste will find his way to the most romantic country in the world.

Alive Or Dead?

Although sirens were blaring and police were on the way, many of the main characters on the show suffered some pretty ugly injuries at the hands of Hannibal and Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). Sure, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal had grand plans to escape together, but Lecter, being the smartest guy in most rooms, figured out that Will had side plans with Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). This led to an intense throwdown between Crawford and Lecter that left the FBI agent with a shard of glass in his neck, bleeding out in a very impressive-looking wine cellar. In the fray, Alana Bloom showed up and tried to shoot Hannibal. Unfortunately, he’d already emptied her weapon (again, smartest in the room). She retreated upstairs and was confronted by Hobbs (she's alive, by the way), who tossed her out of a second story window. Just like that, Lecter’s dinner plans involved two people dying at his home. The intense scene was interrupted by the arrival of Graham and the season ended before the audience learned if either of the ailing good guys were gone for good.


Speaking of Will Graham, his character was gutted. No, that is not some lame metaphor. When Graham showed up at Lecter’s house to see that his plan to capture or kill Lecter had gone woefully awry, the cannibal cradled his face and revealed that he figured out what was going on. For a moment, it looked like Lecter was going to kiss Graham, who became his sort of soul mate throughout the season, but ended up slicing open his stomach with a small curved blade. As the show’s principal character was bleeding to death on Lecter’s kitchen floor, he had to watch as the madman slit his pseudo-daughter’s throat. The season ended with Lecter escaping, Hobbs dead and Graham and others dying. Now, it’s likely that the show won’t return with all of the people that dared to go after Lecter dead, but there will probably be consequences to this fateful night.

To have all of their questions, and more, answered, eager fans will simply have to wait until the summer when “Hannibal” returns for Season 3 on June 4.