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Hannibal - Season 2 ##BEST##

The second season of the American television series Hannibal premiered on February 28, 2014. The season is produced by Dino de Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN Original Productions, and Gaumont International Television, with Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Katie O'Connell, Elisa Roth, David Slade, Chris Brancato, Michael Rymer, Steve Lightfoot, Martha De Laurentiis, and Bryan Fuller serving as executive producers. Fuller serves as the series developer and showrunner, writing or co-writing eleven episodes of the season.

Hannibal - Season 2

The season was ordered in May 2013.[1] The season stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, and Laurence Fishburne, with Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams receiving "also starring" status. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris' novels Red Dragon (1981), Hannibal (1999), and Hannibal Rising (2006) and focuses on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist that is secretly a cannibalistic serial killer. The episodes of the season are named after the different elements of Japanese haute cuisine.[2]

Around May 2013, trades reported that many services, including Amazon Prime Video, were willing to pick up the series if NBC passed on it, as the network put the renewal announcement on hold until the end of the month.[18] On May 30, 2013, NBC renewed the series for a second season. NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke commented, "We're so proud of Bryan's vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told."[1] Salke also mentioned that a factor in the renewal was the series' risky content, hoping that it could send a message to content creators as "we support a big, risky event kind of vision like that."[19]

Before the series even premiered, Bryan Fuller already had an idea for how the season would go, "season 1 is the bromance, season 2 the horrible breakup."[20] The season was divided into two chapters, with the first chapter belonging to Graham in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and the second chapter involving Graham's release and subsequent pursuit of Lecter. Fuller did it as he felt the season's storytelling was "organic".[21]

Mads Mikkelsen discussed the possible scenarios for the season, "I see three different scenarios and they're all very interesting. One is that FBI Agent Will Graham knows what I'm doing and I know that he's knowing it. The other one is that he has no idea and he's still in his blurry world I can manipulate. And the third one, which is very interesting, is that he knows but he's not telling me. So he's going to play me now. That would be interesting."[24]

In June 2013, it was reported that the producers approached David Bowie to play Count Robert Lecter, Hannibal Lecter's uncle, during the season. Despite the character's fate in the novel Hannibal Rising, Fuller stated that they could accommodate the character to appear in the present day scenes.[25] Due to Bowie's schedule, he was unable to take the role but the crew were told by his agents to ask again for availability for the third season.[21]

In September 2013, Cynthia Nixon joined in the recurring role of Kade Prurnell, "an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who is investigating the events of the first season and Jack Crawford's culpability."[26] According to Fuller, Prurnell was based on the character Paul Krendler, who debuted in the novel The Silence of the Lambs. As the series didn't have access to characters originating from the novel, Fuller changed the name, with "Kade Prurnell" serving as an anagram for "Paul Krendler".[27]

The season also introduced two characters from the novel, Hannibal, Margot and Mason Verger.[28] In January 2014, Katharine Isabelle and Michael Pitt were announced to play Margot and Mason in recurring roles.[29][30]

In December 2013, NBC announced that the season would premiere on February 28, 2014.[36] The season moved to a new timeslot, Fridays at 10:00 pm, after airing its previous seasons on Thursdays at 10:00 pm.[37]

On July 18, 2013, the cast and crew attended the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con to promote the season.[22] In October 2013, Fuller revealed a teaser poster for the season, which highlighted "The Stag Man". He explained, "After a horrifying descent into madness in season 1, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season 2. The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is."[38] The first trailer for the season debuted in January 2014.[39]

The season received acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season scored an approval rating of 98% with an average rating of 9.3/10 based on 45 reviews. The consensus reads: "With powerful imagery and a strong, unpredictable story, season two of Hannibal continues to build on the first season's promise."[56] On Metacritic, the second season scored 88 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, which constitutes "universal acclaim".[57] On April 10, 2014, Hannibal was voted the winner for Hulu's "Best in Show" online competition.[58]

The season finale, "Mizumono", was met with universal critical acclaim. Gathering a perfect rating of 10 out of 10 on IGN, reviewer Eric Goldman stated, "Hannibal ended its fantastic second season with a thrilling, exciting and audacious series of events" and praised the directing by David Slade.[63] The finale also earned a perfect "A" grade by The A.V. Club, where reviewer Molly Eichel called it "an entirely perfect cap to this season."[64] Den of Geek reviewer Laura Akers labelled the episode "simply divine" and stated that she has "rarely found [herself] looking forward to a show's return more".[65] Emma Dibdin of Digital Spy also heavily praised the episode, specifically Mikkelsen's performance, stating that he is "so convincingly predatory...and so simultaneously scary and sad". She also laid praise on the sound design of the episode by saying that "the integration of a ticking clock worked so well not just in the usual 'time is running out' way, but also a subconscious reminder of Hannibal's manipulation of Will".[66] TV Guide named it the best TV episode of 2014.[67]

As Alana warned, however, the plan does not go as Jack and Will hope. FBI agents waylay Will, causing him to arrive late, after Jack has already revealed what he knows of Hannibal. The fight from the beginning of the season marks the beginning of the end, with Jack hiding in the pantry. Alana shows up to stop Hannibal and discovers his ace in the hole: Abigail Hobbs, kept alive like Miriam Lass. She throws Alana out a window, where Will finds her as he arrives.

Each episode of Hannibal this season has been named after a dish in the Japanese banquet dinner Kaiseki. The meal overall is a tour of Japanese haute cuisines balancing taste, appearance, and colors to emphasize seasonal themes. Each dish is beautifully arranged and decorated with flowers and edible garnishes designed to resemble animals or plants.

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One of the most frustrating things last season was seeing Will lose his mind, and viewers knowing he couldn't fight back, and that no one could fight for him. Now, finally, Will seems to be taking control. According to the previews, he even attempts to put a hit on Hannibal. Can their friendship handle that? What of his murderous love letters to you, Will?

Clean off your knives and have a rest, Fannibals -- there's a lot to unpack here. Hannibal has always been about the monster within. Throughout this second season, Hannibal himself has tried to cultivate that monster in Will like he did with Garrett Jacob Hobbs and others. After Will was finally freed, though, he was ready to implement his master plan against Hannibal, which meant pretending to go along. Except, as DuMaurier warned him as well as Jack, if you think you've got Hannibal cornered, it's probably because he wants you to think that. Hit the jump for why "we're all desperate for a little hope."

Though it was Will who seemed to be the one goaded towards violence and killing throughout the season, it was Hannibal who was covered in blood and ready to kill at every turn in this finale. His fight with Jack had been teased since the premiere, but the extent of that fight, and how many others would become casualties, was a surprise. All of this was an elaborate dance concocted by Hannibal (and, apparently, DuMaurier) to snuff out Jack, Will and Alana. As well as, potentially, the forever-beleaguered Abigail Hobbs. How many times can one girl die?

Moving forward, the reality is that we don't know who is actually dead. Dead is clearly not dead on Hannibal, so any / all / none of those who got the sharp end of something from Hannibal might survive into the next season. While a full purge seems crazy, Alana seemed to portend what would happen if they weren't all dead. "Nothing will stop them," she says about Will and Jack. They spent an entire season plotting, Will often from a jail cell. This was their design. And it failed. 041b061a72