I’m currently looking at episodes with Richard’s work and there is one in particular where both the editor and I were crying in the edit room because he communicated so eloquently the pain of Francis Dolarhyde and the torture of his existence. It’s very effective in its purpose of setting out to confuse the audience.

Bryan Fuller, on Richard Armitage’s performance as Francis Dolarhyde (x)

“We wanted the audience to be confused, ‘am I looking at a horrible murderer, or am I looking at a man who is in such torment and pain that he can’t control his own actions?”

Cult Box: What are your standout moments from the new season? What can audiences expect this year?

Bryan Fuller: From the new season? Without giving too much away I think there are quite a few with this cast. We had Gillian Anderson who has crafted this role over two seasons in a supporting capacity and now stepping centre stage to be one of the regulars on the show.

I love what she’s done with the character and how she’s opened this character up in a way where we see this very cool, cold woman hoisted by her own petard in some way and also finding a new life with Hannibal that is very much almost academic because she is always his psychiatrist and we see Gillian, as a performer, actually move into a very comedic role in the series and, laugh-out-loud, in several episodes her reactions alone to some of the things that Hannibal does are some of my favourites in the series that we’ve done.


You’ve talked before about season three completely reinventing Hannibal’s origin story. Can you be specific about what it was in particular you found dissatisfying about the one given in Hannibal Rising?

For me, in Hannibal Rising—it’s a book that I’ve never finished because there was always a point where something rang false about the approach and promise of a character who says, I believe in The Silence Of The Lambs, “Nothing happened to me, [Officer Starling]. I happened”. Then what Hannibal Rising suggests is that it took that statement away and refuted it and said essentially ‘no, actually what happened was Nazis ate my sister, and that’s why I am what I am.’ I felt very deeply that what was true to the character of Hannibal Lecter is that nothing happened, he happened. That felt more powerful. That felt more mythological in its origin story as opposed to ‘Nazis ate my sister.’

Did you ever consider just not delving into Hannibal’s origin story? You said before about the Star Wars prequels that seeing a villain as a child can de-fang them?

The origin story that we do in season three is very tricky in that we don’t do flashbacks. We meet people who survived that era and have a tale to tell about that experience. But they don’t tell the complete tale, and neither does Hannibal, so there’s information but there’s not too much information about his early life. Enough to suggest a story happened but not enough to detail anything that we felt would demystify our Hannibal Lecter in this series.

We were very tricky in that in terms of selling an origin story that was not necessarily a story, but a reference. That’s how we walked that very fine line.

– Bryan Fuller, Den of Geek, 5/29/15

Q: I was interested to see that Alana has her own plaid tailored suit in season three. Is that a deliberate channelling of Hannibal for her? Can we expect her to become more of a force next season?

A: Absolutely. Absolutely. Chris Hargadon, our costume designer, and I sat down at the beginning of the season and one of the things that was important to me is that we see Alana in a new light. I felt like in season two that she was plotted in as the girlfriend and the leg of the triangle that connected to both Will and Hannibal, but she didn’t necessarily have her own story. That was something we were very conscious about needing to rectify this season. Part of her new aesthetic is seeing the influence of Hannibal on her life, and dressing her in gorgeous three-piece suits of her own style, giving a reflection of the impact Hannibal Lecter has had on her life and her own psychology. So that’s a very good catch, and exactly what we were trying to do.

– Bryan Fuller interviewed by Louisa Mellor in ‘Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, Red Dragon, American Gods’ (Den of Geek, 29 May, 2015)

Anonyme a demandé:

Y'know, BF can at least get a little bit of a pass since he's never gotten to personally meet RA until this year and probably mostly knew him (from Lee lbr) as just "Richard" or "Rich", but I can't believe Evangeline also still pronounces it 'Arm-i-tahj' as well when they're pretty close (and even mentions that herself in this video which is why she's referring to him in the first place!) and have literally worked together for years! COME ON EVIE. lmao. www(.)youtube(.)com/watch?v=hhRIdXDrP7o

Yeah I know what you mean anon, I get the impression that whilst Lee and Bryan are clearly firm friends, with their busy schedules its probably more of a long distance friendship and they rarely have time to meet. He may have heard of Richard via text or email, never having heard his surname pronounced out loud. It seems to be really common for Americans to pronounce the name like that so people might not have known to correct him. 

Woah, I am really surprised that Evangeline gets it wrong xD Links here to make it a bit easier if you want to watch, at 59 seconds. I’ve never heard that interview before, she got ready with Lee and listened to the Beatles? Thats so fucking cute. Thanks anon :D.

Q: Finally, how would you convince new viewers to watch the show?
A: “I think that the appeal of the show is it’s psychological thriller and I think that audiences may have varying degrees of baggage with the Hannibal franchise and I would recommend that they chuck their baggage and enjoy the show for what it is because as we step into the third season it becomes something wholly different than what we’ve been doing in the first two years and departs from any of the films.
—  Bryan Fuller interviewed by Tobias Forrest in ‘Exclusive ‘Hannibal’ interview: Showrunner Bryan Fuller teases Season 3′ (Cult Box, 29 May, 2015)

Q: And I suppose that’s where Lady Murasaki comes in?

A: That’s another shift we took. We were originally setting down Lady Murasaki when we were plotting out the third season, what to do and how to approach it. We had crafted what the character needed to do in terms of the story and understood how this character would have reacted to the events in her life, and as we were casting it became clear that a lot of what we were planning to do with the character hinged on a less mature woman. If she were sophisticated and mature as a human being she may not have been party to certain events that happen in the series, so we made the decision—particularly when we learned that Tao Okamoto was interested in the role—that, well, there’s another character in the book who is actually a much, much, much younger character, somebody who was much younger than Hannibal even, when she met him and that is Chiyo, Lady Murasaki’s attendant. So we replaced Murasaki with Chiyo and the plan would be to introduce Murasaki in a fourth season, should that come to pass.

– Bryan Fuller interviewed by Louisa Mellor in ‘Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, Red Dragon, American Gods’ (Den of Geek, 29 May, 2015)