The third season finale of the gorgeous and grisly television series Hannibal aired last night. Or rather, "The Wrath of the Lamb" was served to viewers in Canada last night; hungry audiences south of the border must whet their appetites with the wait until Saturday to see how much murder and mayhem is in store. Although NBC has cancelled the show, loyal fans (also known as Fannibals — Canadian fans are CANnibals, naturally) are reluctant to call this episode the series finale, and hold out hope that this is not the last we'll see of Mads Mikkelsen's elegant monster and Hugh Dancy's tortured empath.
Filmed in Toronto and featuring a number of Canadian actors such as Caroline Dhavernas, Kacey Rohl, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams, Hannibal has developed a passionate following and introduced many new readers to the original books by Thomas Harris. The novels have inspired five movies, the most famous of which is a Best Picture winner and also earned Anthony Hopkins an Oscar for his portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. But unlike these movie versions, Hannibal the show is less of a straightforward adaptation and more of a remix of characters, timelines and plot elements, as if showrunner Bryan Fuller put an arthouse horror film in a blender with a crime procedural.
If a surreal reimagining of the misadventures of Hannibal Lecter doesn't sound like your cup of tea, chacun à son goût! Here is the Thomas Harris pageturner canon for readers to devour:
FBI profiler Will Graham enlists the help of the incarcerated Dr. Lecter to catch the serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy.
This may sound familiar: FBI agent in training Clarice Starling enlists Hannibal Lecter's help to track serial killer Buffalo Bill.
Hannibal is in hiding after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, but resurfaces when old enemies come calling.
A prequel that attempts to explain the origin and motivations of Hannibal Lecter.