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'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller: Expect 'mayhem' in season 3

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As creator Bryan Fuller puts it, the last season of Hannibal “ended with everybody bleeding, and Hannibal dropping the mic and walking out,” but the next season is about to get even more intense. At EW‘s Comic-Con hideout, Fuller offered some hints about the next season, including clues as to how the series will incorporate Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier back to the rest of the characters, and talked about the various Alien collectibles he’d like to pick up in San Diego. The big prize? Sigourney Weaver, who Fuller admitted he’d love to sign for a spot on the show. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' Exclusive: Bryan Fuller whets appetite for season 2 with teaser

Now that’s a Halloween costume.

NBC’s sophisticated, slick, and often quite sick Hannibal will return in 2014 to serve a second course of horror and human hors d’oeuvres. To get fans psyched for the further adventures of the titular frightful foodie (Mads Mikkelsen) and tormented FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Hannibal mastermind Bryan Fuller offers the image above to get you in the right headspace.

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Lara Jean Chorostecki teases her return on 'Hannibal': 'Freddie isn't just a foil'

Freddie Lounds may be a tabloid journalist more interested in a story than morals, but make no mistake: She is also a sociopath, playing on the same field as Hannibal’s widening bench of crazies. “I think it’s a really interesting character to see on TV: a female sociopath. We don’t often see that,” says Lara Jean Chorostecki, who plays the fiery-haired reporter.

Thus far on the series, we’ve seen Freddie actively interfere with the FBI’s hunt for killers. We’ve also seen her confront other characters with hard truths. That ambiguous balance — who and what concerns her, as with Kacey Rohl’s Abigail, who is suspected of being complicit in her father’s serial killing — continues throughout the rest of the first season, as more of the character’s “complex layers” are revealed: “Freddie isn’t just a foil, as would be so easy to dismiss her,” Chorostecki says.

Fans of Thomas Harris’ novels, upon which Hannibal is based, will remember that Freddie is actually Freddy — she is a he. But the pronoun flip is more than skin-deep. As Chorostecki tells it, creator Bryan Fuller came to her after she was cast with a specific visual inspiration. “[He] said to me, ‘Do you know of Rebekah Brooks?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I do, I’ve heard of her, of course.’ And he said, ‘Well here’s a picture. This is what we’re modeling you on.’”

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'Hannibal': Unaired episode is now available on iTunes

Having an old friend for dinner tonight? Consider this an appetizer: The fourth episode of Hannibal, which was pulled by NBC due to its especially gruesome storyline, is now available to view in its entirety. Series creator Bryan Fuller broke the news on his Twitter account today:

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Pulled 'Hannibal' episode to get release as a web series

NBC pulled this week’s episode of Hannibal due to its particularly grisly subject matter, but the episode has managed to survive the chopping block, in a way. It has been repackaged for web series presentation on NBC.com.

Called “Ceuf,” the episode, which would have been the series’ fourth, was pulled when executive producer Bryan Fuller contacted the network in early April with concerns about the children killing children storyline in the episode, which was filmed before last December’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The web series will feature “Ceuf” in its entirety with the exception of some sensitive images, NBC tells EW. READ FULL STORY

First full-length 'Hannibal' trailer: 'It looks like the ripper' -- VIDEO

“He catches insane men because he can think like them.”

In the first full-length trailer for NBC’s Hannibal, one FBI agent says that to another — but do they mean Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) or “special investigator” Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)? To be fair, most of what we see the doctor do in this footage is sip wine and offer counsel. Graham seems to be the nutty one.

This is by far the longest preview the network has released in advance of the show’s April 4 premiere, and while we get almost no new plot information (Graham is still a brilliant but troubled tracker of crazed men; Lecter is still poised to be his confidante and colleague), we do get a look at just how violent Hannibal may be.

And it is very violent: throats slashed, arms hacked, and women (always women) screaming. In fact, this newest video makes as much room for stylized slaughter as for anything else. This feels like an escalation of the trend pinned to the successful debut of Fox’s nightmarish The Following a few months ago — and it raises similar questions about the moral weight, not to mention aesthetic value, of fictional depravity. I’m still all kinds of excited… and at least now a few kinds of worried.

Watch and judge for yourself.

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Better, longer 'Hannibal' teaser: 'I need to borrow your imagination' -- VIDEO

If you’ve been hungering for more of NBC’s Hannibal (sorry), you’re in luck. The network has released another teaser leading up to the show’s April 4 premiere. And unlike a lot of the recently released footage, this one is… more meaty.

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