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Mads Mikkelsen (l) and Hugh Dancy (r) in 'Hannibal'. (Photo: Sony Pictures Television)

Christmas is a time for hope, right? Well, there’s plenty of that around for fans of gruesome TV show Hannibal.

Canceled by NBC last year, the series starring Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as the FBI agent assigned to work with him, remains a favorite for many people, not least its showrunner Bryan Fuller.

He may have a lot on his, er, plate at the moment, what with Star Trek: Discovery and American Gods in the works, but Bryan recently took time out to talk to the guys behind the Shock Waves podcast about the series and the plans he has for a fourth season — if it is ever revived.

(**Spoiler alert: If you’ve not seen season three, skip the next few paragraphs.**)

Fuller also hinted that the (literal) cliff-hanger that closed season three wasn’t as clear-cut as it seemed: “There weren’t going to be any bodies found floating in that lagoon.”

The glimpse we got of Gillian Anderson’s character in the end credits also provided a pretty hefty pointer to the next season. Bryan went on: “The whole point of showing Gillian Anderson sitting at a table with two additional place settings and her leg on the table was there was a big splash and dinner guests are coming.”

And this being Hannibal, her “leg on the table” can only mean one thing.

So if Hannibal and Graham did survive the fall, what should we expect from a possible fourth season? Four words: Silence of the Lambs. The rights to the 1988 novel are currently tied up by the 1991 film of the same name, but only until August 2017, meaning from then on it once again becomes fair game.

And with the third season of Hannibal being based on Red Dragon, the book Thomas Harris wrote before Silence of the Lambs, it makes sense season four would cover the same source material as the film starring Anthony Hopkins.

Fuller made it clear, however, that he didn’t want to “fix” that movie, just delve further into it with a six-to-eight-episode miniseries: “I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there’s a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series. I hope we get to tell the story.”

Fingers crossed for a Christmas miracle!

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.