This Thursday, June 4th sees the return of Hannibal after nine months off air.
From the first meeting between Will and Hannibal in the first episode (Aperitif) to the bloodbath at the end of season 2, a lot's happened in the first two seasons, so check out some recaps and season 3 previews below.
If you want to catch up on Hannibal, in the UK, get your trial of NOW TV to watch the first two seasons, then watch season three on NOW TV when it airs June 10th on Sky.
Season 1 Recap
Season 1 introduced us to Will Graham (High Dancy), a criminal profiler and murderer hunter. His method of catching the killers; putting his mindset to that of the killer and recreating the murders in his head, has left him emotionally damaged but brilliant.
Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) calls in Will's abilities to assist in an investigation into a series of missing and murdered college girls. By the end of the pilot, we know Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is behind the kidnappings and murders, cooking and eating his victims, with the help of people he manipulates into doing his bidding, namely Garrett Hobbs. The FBI are led to Garrett with no implication to Hannibal, and in a showdown with Hobbs, Will shoots and kills Hobbs, but not before Hobb's slices the throat of his own daughter, Abigail.
Abigail survives, and soon she's unknowingly under Hannibal’s spell after he continues to manipulate her. Soon we're introduced to Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal’s own psychiatrist, played to perfection by Gillian Anderson. We learn she can see through Hannibal’s facade, prompting him to be himself when in their sessions. As their sessions continue, it's obvious that Dr Maurier is fearful of Hannibal.
While battling his own demons, his twisted, manipulated relationship with Hannibal and trying to solve the Chesapeake Ripper case, Will is thrown a curve ball when psychiatry professor Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) reveals she has feelings for Will.
Soon, Abe Gideon (Eddie Izzad) is released from jail, a murderer who has manipulated by Dr Chilton into thinking he, himself is the Chesapeake Ripper.
By the end of season 1, Will is almost all consumed from his manipulation from Hannibal, takes Abigail away to the hunting lodge to try and protect both of them. Here he works out that Abigail was a part of her father’s murders, another victim of Hannibal’s manipulation. Scared, Abigail flees and bumps into Hannibal who apologizes for not protecting her, leading us to believe he's about to kill her.
After blacking out, Will is arrested for Abigail's murder. Her ear was found at the lodge after Will vomited it out and her blood under his fingernails. Soon, the team finds evidence linking Will to the murders of Cassie Boyle, Marissa Schur, Dr. Sutcliffe and Georgia Madchen. Alana doesn't believe Will done it with no reasoning, and after some tests, discovers Will has encephalitis, swelling of the brain.
While being transferred, Will escapes and goes to Hannibal for help. He soon realizes it was Hannibal who warned Garrett back in episode one that the FBI were coming, leading to Garrett's death and Abigail nearly dying, also realizing Hannibal had been manipulating him all along. He's about to kill Hannibal when Crawford comes in and incapacitates Will. Will is taken back into custody and put into a coma due to his encephalitis.
Watch a season 1 recap below
As we began season 2, Will is still committed to the insane asylum, and enlists Alana to help him regain his memories through hypnosis, determined to find out how Hannibal framed him. Hannibal is now assisting Jack and the team with a new serial killer case, someone is kidnapping and killing people, arranging their bodies in a life sized human model collection. Hannibal later corners the killer and murders him, adding his body to his own collection of people.
Wills suspicions are confirmed when a hypnosis session reveals Hannibal forcing Abigail Hobbs ear down Will throat.
Will starts to see Dr. Chilton (played by Raul Esparza, Dr Chilton is the doctor who convinced Abe Gideon he was the Chesapeake ripper, and soon nearly became one of Gideon’s victims when Gideon removed some of Chilton’s organs.) for therapy and soon, Dr Chilton realizes Hannibal was manipulating Will's own encephalitis.
During Wills trial, he's painted as a brilliant psychopath, but when the trial judge is found brutally murdered and displayed like many of the rippers victims, a mistrial is called and Will is temporarily saved.
Hannibal later goes to see Dr. Maurier's house, only to find her gone, her fear of Hannibal became too much so she took herself away from danger.
FBI Agent, Beverly Katz is the next victim, cut up and displayed in a tableau in one of the season’s most chilling scenes. Will is brought to the scene under police guard, and he tells Jack that the Chesapeake ripper and the copycat are the same killer and this is his work. Will continues to try and convince Jack that Hannibal is the ripper.
Jack doesn't believe Will, but when invited to dinner at Hannibal’s, he takes a sample of the food to test. The tests show no human DNA in the food, but when testing the fishing lures found at Wills lodge, they find DNA from other ripper victims; the judge, James Gray, Miriam Lass (a police officer assumed dead, and whose death Crawford blames himself for after failing to stop Miriam chasing up on a lead alone, just before she disappeared) and Marissa Schur. This leads them to an abandoned farmhouse where they find Miriam Lass alive.
Despite Hannibal being responsible for her captivity, Miriam fails to identify Hannibal at the station. The drugs found in Miriams system, match the drugs found in Will and Gideon, meaning Hannibal or Chilton are the likely suspects.
Before both men can be brought in, Hannibal frames Chilton, putting Gideon’s body in Chilton’s home. After her manipulation by Hannibal, Miriam falsely remembers Chilton as her captor and shoots him in the face.
Will goes back to his therapy with Hannibal with his own motives, and the pair’s relationship becomes even more bizarre. When another former manipulated patient of Hannibal’s, Randall Tier becomes a suspect in a series of murders, Hannibal visits him and sends him to kill Will. Tier breaks into Wills and after a fight, Will kills Tier, taking his body to Hannibal’s declaring they're not even for both sending psychopaths to kill each other.
During this time, Will sleeps with Margot, a girl raped by her brother Mason Verger, who sends his sister to therapy with Hannibal to help keep her quiet. Margot meets Will, and they discover they have a lot in common, leading to them having sex. Although Margot slept with Will because she feared her brother, Mason, wants an heir and wants her to carry the child for him. Mason discovers this and forcibly removes Margot’s womb. Weary of Hannibal, Mason kidnaps him, but Hannibal overpowers him, and manipulates him into cutting off pieces of his own face, before breaking his neck, paralyzing him but not killing him. Mason is then left to be cared for by his sister, who promises to "look after him the way he looked after her...”
Freddie Lounds, a journalist investigating the deaths, as well as Will, finds Tiers animal suit he used to kill his victims at Wills, Will discovers her and overpowers her. The next day, a burning body is wheeled into an office parking lot, with dental records confirming it's Freddie Lounds...
Soon in an amazing twist, Freddie is releaved to be alive and well, and has been with Will writing about his story. Crawford plans to trap Hannibal, and has a last meal with Hannibal before a fight breaks out between the two. Crawford is badly wounded and hides in the pantry. Alana, who now believes Hannibal is the killer, shows up and holds a gun on Hannibal. When she tries to shoot Hannibal, it's releaved he took the bullets out earlier, she escapes upstairs where she meets Abigail Hobbs, alive and well who pushes Alana out of the window. Will arrives, finds Alana and calls for help before finding Abigail who says she only followed Hannibal, not knowing what she was doing. Hannibal shows up and stabs Will then cuts Abigail’s throat before fleeing. The final scene is Hannibal boarding a plane to France with Dr Du Maurier.
When we begin season 3… scroll down for some spoilers for the first two episodes of season 3 courtesy of NBC and some trailers.
Season 3 Episode 1: Antipasto: June 4th 10pm
Having successfully escaped FBI capture, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving through the European landscape, with Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in tow. But Dr. Lecter's old habits and opulent tastes are still on display as he settles into a new identity and life in Florence, Italy, working at the Palazzo Capponi museum. Glimpses into the past help inform his relationship with Bedelia, a pairing not clearly defined as friend or foe. Tom Wisdom and Jeremy Crutchley also guest star.
Season 3 Episode 2: Primavera: June 11th 10pm NBC
With his wounds now healed, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) heads to Europe eight months after the horrific event that almost took his life, in search of closure with Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Following a hunch, Will arrives in Palermo, Italy to find a disturbing gift. Will's arrival draws suspicion from Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (guest star Fortunato Cerlino), who twenty years earlier pursued a Florentine killer known as "Il Mostro" and, after reading Will's file, believes that Hannibal Lecter and "Il Mostro" are one and the same. Pazzi tries to enlist Will's help in catching Hannibal, but Will warns that he is unsure of where his own allegiance lies.
Season 3 Trailer
Season 3 First Look
Bride of Hannibal Promo
Hannibal’s Dilemma Promo