Hannibal's third season started off very quietly than the previous seasons, especially considering the intense second season finale, which might not be what some were expecting. However, I find myself really enjoying how the third season has been going thus far. While I can understand how some wouldn't care for the slow pacing of it all, I do like the subtle nature of everything and seeing how it's all gradually coming together until the climax of the mid-season. The fifth episode in particular was very gratifying in a cathartic way, with Jack pretty much beating the shit out of Hannibal in such a violent yet calculated manner. We're getting to the point where Hannibal inevitably get captured, which Bryan Fuller has mentioned that these next few episodes will be one huge rollarcoaster of intensity, and I'm all in for that.
One of the things I like about this season is the common theme of characters. From Will and Jack to Mason and Alana, all these characters "died" only to be reborn with a new sense of purpose. Mostly plotting revenge on Hannibal, with the exception of Will, of course, whose complicated relationship with him will certainly be interesting when they finally reunite after Hannibal left him for dead. Also the introduction of Chiyoh and her relationship with Hannibal, connection with Will, and what the outcome of her confronting him will be like as well. And then there's Bedelia, which I find her relationship with Hannibal quite intriguing, to say the least.
Also, I'm excited for the Red Dragon storyline which will make its debut in the eighth episode. And yes, mostly it's because of Richard, but also seeing Fuller's interpretation of this particular arc.
So yes, I'm really liking the third season so far. The anticipation with where everything is going has me really excited. And the cinematography continues to amaze me, especially because the visuals are a huge part of the storytelling. I can't wait to see the outcome of this season, both with the Hannibal and Francis Dolarhyde storylines.
I've been reading up on Bryan Fuller's thoughts and expectations after the announcement of NBC cancelling the show, just to give better understanding of where things are and where they're going for the possible future. During an interview at the Saturn Awards he reveals that he always knew that NBC was threatening to cancel Hannibal even during its first season, so the news wasn't much of a surprise. I'm actually impressed the show lasted as long as it did on the network, since most shows without much supportive from the higher ups don't often get that kind of luck. Though it does make me hope that someone will pick it up for a fourth season. Perhaps there might be an update at SDCC this weekend (on the Saturday panel) on where things currently are.
On the upside, Richard Armitage gave an interview which gives more insight to what we're to be expecting with the Francis Dolarhyde arc, which has me even more eager to see his portrayal. Never mind he's both adorable and articulate in this interview. ♥