I’ve always found the female characters in Hannibal far more interesting than the male ones, for the record.
Like, yeah, we get it. Will and Hannibal are in love and SOULMATES FOR LIFE~!.
But Bedelia is an ice cold Hitchcock blonde who is the smartest person on the show yet still insists on engaging in risky, impulsive behavior even though she knows it will probably end in her murder. She simply can’t help herself.
Freddie wants to be the amoral, sociopathic tabloid reporter everyone thinks she is, but her conscience keeps popping up from time to time.
Alana has gone from a nice, sweet, kind person and turned into a cold vamp goth whose goal in life is to stop Hannibal from escaping and killing her. Meanwhile, Margot is a victimized woman who acts cold but is actually very, very vulnerable.
Tell me about that Siouxsie Sioux song that played over the final scenes. How did that come about?
[Hannibal composer] Brian Reitzell knew I am a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan and have seen her in concert more times than any other artist in my life. We knew that she was a fan of the show, and we reached out to see if she’d be interested in writing a song. Essentially, she hasn’t had a single in eight years, and she said she hadn’t been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song. It was an incredible honor. I told her it should be a love song between Will and Hannibal. She came back with this wonderful Bond theme of a ditty, and I just said that has to go over the finale. It was pitch-perfect.
Then it became the battle over… how do we pay for it? We didn’t have any money left in the budget, and the studio wasn’t going to put any more money into the show than they already had. I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and U.K. broadcasters and said, “I know the show is canceled… and it’s absolutely unheard of for a showrunner to come back to you and ask for more money for a show that has no further revenue potential for you. But it’s Siouxsie Sioux and it’s an honor and it’s her first single in eight years.” They both said, “Yes, absolutely, we’ll split it right down the middle, and we’re doing this because we love you, we love the show, and we love Siouxsie.”
– Adam Bryant interviewing Bryan Fuller in Hannibal Boss on the Finale: “If the Audience Is Done, Then I Will Be Done” (tvguide.com, 29 August, 2015)
I think he’s feeling that embrace and that’s the first thing that he’s feeling, and even as he’s plunging into the Atlantic, he’s first and foremost thinking about the man he’s holding onto and the man who’s holding onto him.
Bryan Fuller, on what’s going through Hannibals mind when Will takes them over the cliff.