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SDCC 2014: In Depth Look Into The Comic Con Hannibal Panel With Some Juicy Details

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07/25/2014 11:22 pm
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SDCC 2014: In Depth Look Into The Comic Con Hannibal Panel With Some Juicy Details
Media Courtesy of NBC Universal
Amrita Aulakh

Staff Writer


Those of you who have not seen Hannibal or eventually plan to see the killer show, beware for spoilers! Alright Fannibals, it’s time to dish out some scoops from the SDCC Hannibal panel. I will try to summarize the panel to the best of my abilities but if I missed something then I do apologize. The Hannibal panel consisted of head honcho Bryan Fuller, producer Martha DeLaurentiis, director David Slade, writer and producer Steven Lightfoot as well as cast members Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams, and Scott Thompson and last but not least the panel was moderated by Jonathan Ross. The panel opens with a season 2 montage that fully succeeds in gutting our hearts. Not only does it show Beverly Katz’s untimely demise but it also opens up old wounds by showing the heart wrenching final scene between Hannibal and Will that left me a withering, sobbing mess. After introducing the panelists, the fans are shown videos from Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter) and Hugh Dancy (Will Graham) who unfortunately could not attend the panel. Fuller then welcomes Raul Esparza on stage by saying, “Even though [he] shouldn't be here, because they were shot in the face.” The crowd, predictably, loses their mind at the confirmed reappearance of the ever popular Dr. Fredrick Chilton. Fuller further explains that Chilton [Esparza] will be a big part of the third season. Esparza notes that he can’t believe how much people love his character because of the fact that he’s a “total douchebag.” Ross then asks if Eddie Izzard will be returning as Dr. Gideon. Fuller answers that Izzard will be back for a flashback sequence only because his fate was made pretty clear in the series. Gideon was last shown lying on an operating table, in Chilton’s home, with his arm and leg removed. Moving on, Fuller reveals that NBC gives them the okay for onscreen violence but not graphic sex. Then the ever important question of “if Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter will interact this season” was asked. Fuller responded by saying, “When you separate C3PO and R2D2, they don't become any less interesting." My Hannigram heart silently shattered after hearing this response. The panel then leads into the question of Clarice Starling. As Hannibal fans may know, NBC does not have the rights to the character of Starling and that the past two seasons have combined various elements and events from Red Dragon, Hannibal, and even Silence of the Lambs. DeLaurentiis reveals that she is hoping to get the rights to Starling but if not then they will, “do their own mash-up with an addition of a Clarice stand-in.” Ross then asks, “How free is the show to make changes to characters from the books?” and writer/producer Steven Lightfoot responded by saying that they are always looking for stories aside from the original source material. Using Mason Verger as an example, Lightfoot comments that they tried to beef up his backstory in comparison to his original origins in the novel Hannibal. Further adding that, “that is the joy of series television, “You get to watch these guys grow.” Ross then shifts the topic over to the Hannibal and Alana storyline in season 2. Dhavernas comments that it was very easy for Alana to be fooled by Lecter because of the huge amount of trust she had in him. "He's her rock, and that's why she can't see it. Will Graham is a rollercoaster. Hannibal becomes very solid to her, and that's where her trust comes from," Dhavernas teases that it was not hard to play Alana in season 2 because, “When I'm in front of Mads Mikkelsen, everything's easy.” After more cheering, due to confirmation that Chilton will be back, focus shifted to David Slade who reveals that the season 2 finale was emotionally exhausting ,especially for Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. Hed added that, “Hugh and Mads did the entire scene, every time, to get emotionally to the right place. So we were going through that emotional roller coaster every single time." Then the fun questions began. The cast and crew are then asked what their favorite prepared murder scene of the series was. Abrams favorite was, “the lady horse baby uterus person." Thompson jokingly quips that he loved the mushroom killer who offed diabetics because, “not enough people stick it to the diabetics. It's about time!" Esparza admits he loved the flesh angels from season 1 because it was then that he realized how gory the show was allowed to be. Dhavernas was a fan of the tree man whereas Lightfoot’s favorite was the totem pole killer. DeLaurentiis really liked the eye of God tableau, which was shown in the earlier episodes of season 2. Fuller commented that he’s not only a fan of the human cello [from season 1] but also a fan of, “Michael Pitt cutting off his face and feeding it to Will Graham’s dogs.” Yes people, that actually happened. Then we are once again back on the topic of the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. Ross asks the ever important question: Did Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter fall in love? The answer, from the very mouth of Fuller, is that “I think they have love for each other but they have a pure, genuine love for each other." Fuller then goes to reveal that he is all too aware of the fanart and fanfiction generated for Hannigram (the couple name for Will and Hannibal). Fuller praises the authors and artists of the fanarts and fictions and goes on to say that, “In essence, I think the whole television show is a fanfiction.” This earns him a deafening roar of applauses, whistles and high pitched Hannigram screeches. Fullers awareness of his audiences wants are exactly what make him a great showrunner. The panel then leads to fan questions. The cast and crew are asked who they are most excited to introduce in the 3rd season. Fuller responds by saying that although they have not casted the role yet, they are most excited for Lady Murasaki because, “Murasaki is going to kick all sorts of ass.” A fan then proceeds to ask if Barney Matthews could make his debut in the new season. Fuller disregards Barney’s introduction because MGM has not given them the rights to his character. Fuller also confirms that the 3rd seasons episode titles will be Italian dishes. Season 1 had French cuisine titles and season 2 had Japanese cuisine titles. The next question is if whether or not the audiences will find out the names of the rest of Will Grahams dogs’. Fuller explains, “I'm looking for Twitter suggestions.” And that ladies and gentlemen is no joke. So Fannibal’s head on over to Bryan Fullers twitter (@BryanFuller) and start suggesting some names. Then a man wearing a fierce flower crown asks whether a musical episode is a possibility. Fuller wholeheartedly takes off running with the idea and excitedly exclaims that he “would love to do a surreal musical number in Hannibal's mind palace. I want to see Mads Mikkelsen dance like Christopher Walken in Weapon of Choice." Afterwards a fan asks whether it was intentional for Will and Margot to have similar scars, Fuller responds by saying that yes it was intentional and that it represents “scars left by their oppressors.” Those who are not a fan of the FBI element to Hannibal will be happy to know that the first half of the season will focus of the manhunt for Hannibal. They won’t be focusing on the killer of the week storyline that was so consistent in the first two seasons. Fuller also explains that the first episode of season three will be like a pilot staring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson because, “We want to be very vague with who survived that bloody, bloody night, and we also wanted to get the characters to a place where they were very active.” One character I predict won’t be returning is Abigail Hobbs. Fuller comments that it would be fun to do a flashback episode of what she [Abigail] went through in season 2 when asked if Abigail would be back. That more or less suggests that Will Grahams pseudo daughter is dead. But with this show, anything is possible. If Chilton can survive a shot to the face then sure enough Abigail can survive another brutal cut to the throat. Fuller also addresses why he made Will Graham a collector of stray dogs saying, “There's something so beautiful about rescue dogs - anyone who's thinking about rescuing a dog, please do. So many dogs are destroyed every year, so if you have the means, adopt a dog that's a mutt in a shelter." The topic then shifts to the female characters on the show and how they are more aware of Hannibal then the male characters. This could be a hint to other female characters, such as Bella Crawford or even Margot, having a bigger part in the third season. Dhavernas proceeds to compliment Fuller on his idea to make several male characters female and female characters male. Fuller jokingly adds that he tends to be “genital blind” when rewriting characters and that he just looks at them as individuals. The fans are then treated to the season 2 blooper reel and that concluded the SDCC panel of Hannibal. For those of you who went, I am utterly envious of you! And for those of you who couldn’t go, you have my deepest of sympathies. Stay tuned to PopWrapped for latest coverage on Hannibal and other entertainment news. Let us know in the comments below what you think will happen in the third season!

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