Hugh Dancy Explains Why 'Hannibal' Season 4 May Never Happen
Next, Dancy will appear on the upcoming season of "Law & Order."
Hannibal aired from 2013 to 2015 and was critically acclaimed during its run. It has been praised for its complex storyline, stunning visuals, and overall elegance. So when the series was canceled after season 3, the news was certainly a shock. Since then, the show's devoted fanbase has been clamoring for a fourth season or even a revival, refusing to give up hope for Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter's story.
Hugh Dancy, who played Will Graham on the show, was interviewed by Collider's own Law & Order's Christina Radish about The cries for a fourth season and possible reasons why it hasn't aired yet. First, Dancy explained why he believes fans are still hopeful about seeing season 4 happen, saying "[W]e always said that when we're asked, 'Oh, we'd love to do that,'" True. Maybe one of us will say, "I'm definitely not doing Hannibal Season 4," but that would be a lie. When asked if he's surprised Season 4 hasn't happened yet Dancy replied: television. The series tells the story of Will Graham, a clever FBI profiler who can empathize with serial killers. He meets Mickelson's Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal and forensic psychiatrist who becomes curious and fascinated by Will Graham. Hannibal Lecter tries to manipulate Will into killing in a twisted connection attempt. Both Dancy and Mikkelsen give stirring performances, making this TV show one of the best explorations into the life and mind of one of the most beloved fictional serial killers ever. Their performances are backed up by an equally impressive supporting cast and stellar direction behind the camera by directors like creators Brian Fuller and David Slade. So it's no surprise that fans and actors want to return to that world.
“I’m not exactly surprised because essentially, first and foremost, somebody has to write a fairly sizable check. I’m not talking about me being paid. I’m talking about the cost of making a season of television. For a while, it seemed like the streamers were gonna be everybody’s savior, in that respect, but now there’s been a cutoff there. There are shows that are watched by millions of people that don’t make it past a second season. So, I have no idea what that calculation is.”
When asked if he would no longer be interested in playing the character or looking forward to season 4, Dancy explained, "We might literally disappear as we get older, and people online will start saying , "Well, actually, that might be a little gross. ’ ” Fuller’s thoughts on season 4 always included an open-ended one before adding that season 3 ended “in a pretty definite fashion.” Gap...so never say never.
Dancy also kindly reassures curious fans that Will's dog is indeed okay.
Honestly, while fans may never see Season 4, there may be some comfort in knowing Will's dog is being cared for. Be sure to check out Radish's full interview with Dancy, but also check out Collider's 90-minute interview with Fuller and Dancy below:
Oh, I feel like somebody’s looking after those dogs. I’m not worried about the dogs. I feel like Will would have prepared for a mechanism whereby his dogs and his fishing rods would go to a loving owner.