re queerbaiting: i personally suspect fuller doesn't want to Confirm confirm hannibal and will because, despite well written as they are & how it makes sense in the context of the show, two cannibalistic serial killers who have tried to kill each other multiple times is not what you would call Good Gay Represention (TM) especially when you take the whole "Depraved Homosexual/Bisexual" trope into play. there's just some Unfortunate Implications at play that may be making him reluctant
I wouldn’t claim to have any special insight into Bryan’s thought processes beyond his public statements. But that’s certainly one possibility. Which: Fair enough! I would never argue that Hannibal’s characters are Good Queer Representation, and I’m not sure there are many people who would.
I long for enough queer characters of all sorts in my media that Good Representation as a goal can give way to Complex Multifaceted Interesting Representation.
I want queer heroes, queer villains, queer sidekicks, queer background characters, queer bosses and coworkers and roommates and friends and.. Everyone, really. My ideal TV landscape is basically Everyone Is Queer Except Maybe A Token Straight Character For Wacky Jokes, and in that landscape there is room for all sorts of portrayals of queer relationships, healthy and…less so.