'Hannibal' season three: 4 things we want to see happen

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET

“We’re maintaining our position on the event horizon of chaos.”

This was an eerily prescient line uttered by the titular character in the second-to-last episode of Hannibal’s sophomore season. The dark drama airing on NBC and City TV is a prequel to author Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, which first introduced readers to the cannibalistic villain Dr. Hannibal Lecter in 1981. Sequels The Silence of the Lambs (1988) and Hannibal (1999) followed. All were made into movies (Red Dragon twice). There is a fourth book in the series, Hannibal Rising, detailing the events of Lecter’s youth.

Created by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and featuring Mads Mikkelsen as Lecter, the television version shows the early relationship between the serial-killing doctor and the FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) who eventually brings him down.

Fuller has talked publicly about a story arc that would run for seven seasons and cover the events in Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal before concluding with a brand new ending.

Of course, this being network TV, nothing is guaranteed, but what we know is that Hannibal will be back for at least a third season, which will be long enough for us to finally see him get caught.

But before Friday night’s finale, let’s take a look at four things we hope to see more of when season three kicks off next year.

1. More surprises for readers of the books: Fuller has shown audiences he isn’t wedded to Harris’ novels entirely. He killed off Beverly Katz early in the season (in gruesome fashion, I might add) as well as Frederick Chilton, who plays a significant supporting role in Silence of the Lambs. And after the fight that was teased in the season-opener, things don’t look good for Graham’s mentor, FBI agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne).

2. Don’t forget about Mason: Michael Pitt’s (Boardwalk Empire) appearance as Mason Verger, who tries to exact revenge on Lecter in Hannibal, has been this season’s nastiest surprise. If they ever decide to recast the Joker, he’s a lock to play that role. By the end of last week’s episode, he had eaten half his face (after being drugged by Hannibal) and was left crippled. We all know that his thirst for vengeance will become evident later on, but it would be great to see him maintain some sort of presence in season three.

3. Keep up the stellar cameos: Hannibal has assembled an outstanding group of character actors to play supporting roles in seasons one and two. Eddie Izzard was devilishly good as Abel Gideon (too bad he’s done like dinner), while Gillian Anderson’s Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier has shown she will be handy in helping catch Hannibal. I can hardly wait to see what Fuller does with Hannibal’s aunt Lady Murasaki and, if he chooses to do it, David Bowie as his uncle.

4. Make it all about the fugitive angle: We all know how it ends - Hannibal gets caught. And if Fuller is going according to plan, that will happen at the end of next season. So I think writers need to avoid killer-of-the-week story lines and just have season three be - mostly - about the pursuit and capture of Lecter.

Will is a good fisherman, so let’s really settle in and watch him catch the big fish.

Twitter: @markhdaniell

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