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Alright, you must really want to know what happens at the end of Hannibal. The US thriller series (which is still airing in the UK) seriously shocked fans (or fannibals) last night with its series finale — and that’s saying something given how disturbing the show usually is…
It was a dark and seriously bloody affair in The Wrath of the Lamb as Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) achieved what he’d been striving for all series and persuaded Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to kill someone with him. As the twisted duo murdered the Red Dragon serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), meat was well and truly back on the menu.
“This is all I ever wanted for you, Will,” Hannibal says afterwards. “For both of us.”
And Will, the odd detective genius who had started out trying to prevent murder, not enact it, replied: “It’s beautiful.”
But just as Will was appreciating the glory in what he’d done and the men shared an embrace, he pulled himself and Hannibal over a cliff and to their apparent death. Or at least that’s what it looked like…
This ending could be seen as a definitive conclusion to the show, which has been cancelled on NBC and looks unlikely to find a new home, despite thousands of fans clamouring for its rescue. Or it could be that the duo didn’t die, and that it wasn’t the last supper after all.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller told Variety that the idea had come to the writing team half way through series two, and likened Will and Hannibal’s relationship to that of Sherlock and Moriarty.
“We knew that Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter had to work together to defeat the Red Dragon, and that was a big move forward in their relationship, that the two actually hunt side by side,” he explained. “The ending of the book is not an ending of a season because it just sort of stops and people talk about strange feelings because of it and then they move on and you don’t know what happens but you think, “oh, this isn’t going to go well for the family” and all of that.
“But we needed something much more impactful and much more intimate, and Steve Lightfoot started talking about Sherlock and Moriarty and Reichenbach Falls and then it was like, ‘of course, that’s exactly what we need to do, and that murder-suicide for Will is what’s going to define his character and his last heroic act,’ and it just felt perfect, so hats off to Arthur Conan Doyle.”
Fuller added that although the show’s future is uncertain, he’s hopeful about continuing the story at some point.
“Shows have come back years after they’ve been cancelled, and I’m never saying never because … as creatively daunting as it would be to tell that fourth season of Will and Hannibal’s story, I’m very excited by that challenge.
“I’ve never had a show in the thick of the Twitterverse like I did with Hannibal, and it was a really fantastic, exciting experience.”
It was an exciting experience for American Fannibals too, who took to Twitter to express their shock at the seeming death of the show’s two lead characters as #HannibalMicDrop continued to trend…
If you can take the shock, Hanibal airs in the UK on Sky Living on Wednesdays at 10pm