Hannibal Season 3 renewal hangs in the balace

Bryan Fuller on Hannibal Season 3 renewal chances and plans if NBC cancel

Mads Mikkelsen in NBC's Hannibal
Mads Mikkelsen in NBC’s Hannibal

Speaking to Digital Spy, Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller revealed that it’s prestige and critical acclaim that’s keeping NBC’s stylish tapas of slaughter afloat.

“I hear very positive things,” said Fuller of his hopes for Hannibal Season 3. “All of the creatives at NBC are so supportive of the show and want it back, and the schedules and salespeople are like, ‘It’s a new show, get rid of it’. We are banking on the creative people winning out over the salespeople.

“The ratings are not anything to jump up and down about, but the critical acclaim is great, and we’re sort of a prestige project for the network, so we’re hoping that’s enough, like it was last year. There have been indications that it will be.”

The showrunner also revealed that contingency plans are being put in place, should NBC drop the programme.

“The confidence hasn’t stopped us from seeking out back-up plans that would get us a third season one way or another. There are many more options than there have been in the past. So I feel very confident about a Season 3.

“We end Season Two in such a strange way – boy, I would be pissed [if that were the end]! We don’t quite land the plane; we leave the plane in the air.”

Hannibal Season Two begins on 6 May on Sky Living. You can read our five-star review of Hannibal Season One here, and you can buy Hannibal Season One on Blu-ray for £23 at Amazon.co.uk.