I was so bummed to find out yesterday that NBC is cancelling Hannibal after three seasons. I love that show – perhaps an unhealthy amount. It’s such a great show because it’s the perfect combination of substance and style. Hannibal pulled off things that I had never seen on network television before, and they did it with such lovely art direction. It’s dark, gruesome, and lovely. But beyond just the style of the show, the showrunners were excellent storytellers. They managed to weave elements of surrealism and horror into what is, essentially, a crime show. Their version of Hannibal Lecter is just as delightful as the versions in the books and films. Also, the acting–I mean, come on–Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Gillian Anderson–that’s a cast of fantastic actors.
I’m really hoping that it gets picked up by some other service. I can’t even imagine how gruesome this show could be if it was on Netflix or something similar. I know that the darkness of this show isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of horror, and you haven’t watched Hannibal, you’re really missing out. The first two seasons are available now on Amazon Prime, and the third season is currently airing on NBC.