Bryan Fuller, creator of NBC’s bijou horror series Hannibal, responded to queries about the homoerotic subtext between Will Graham and Hannibal Lector, saying they’re absolutely intentional.
“If you could’ve heard me cackling in the editing room, you would take it with the naughty wink with which it was intended for a certain portion of the audience,” Fuller told TVLine.
The question was raised by the near clinch the two shared in in the Hannibal Season 2 finale, forcing Fuller to clarify his leads’ sexual orientation.
“Will Graham’s heterosexual,” he said. “Hannibal Lecter, though, is the devil. So I think he’s turned on by anything that’s alive.
“He can find a sensuality and a sexuality in all manner of things, because he has an awareness and a view of the world that is truly unique.”
The homoerotic subtext has been lurking in Hannibal from the get-go, between Lector sniffing the special little man in his life and gaining an admiring stalker in Season 1’s ‘Fromage’, oh and THE THREESOME – the amazing thing isn’t that it’s there in the show, but that someone needed to query it.
Hannibal is deeply homoerotic. Deal with it.
Hannibal Season 2 is airing now 4 on Sky Living. You can buy Hannibal Season 1 on Blu-ray for £23 at Amazon.co.uk.