Calling all Fannibals.
Hannibal might have ended just two years ago but that hasn’t stopped the show’s ravenous fan base from begging for another helping. Now, Hannibal’s executive producer, Bryan Fuller, has teased on Twitter how a revival of the cult series may be in the works.
On August 13, Fuller tweeted a picture of him with Martha De Laurentiis, another executive producer on the series, with a Hannibal Lecter doll. The picture had the caption: “Meeting of the minds.”
— Martha De Laurentiis (@neoprod) August 13, 2017
This fueled further speculation of a revival after Fuller’s tweet last week, when he told friends that “conversations couldn’t start” until two years after the Season Three finale.
Conversations couldn't start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3. @neoprod has started those conversations. This takes time.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) August 9, 2017
Fuller is busy being the showrunner and executive producer of American Gods on Starz, but that hasn’t stopped the Fannibals from following him to events around the country, inquiring about continuing the story (and romance?) of Hannibal and FBI Special Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
Hannibal was always a favorite of queer TV viewers, who read into the gay subtext between Hannibal and Will, since the two had a very intimate relationship. When the series finale aired in 2015 Vulture’s E. Alex Jung called Hannibal the “great gay love story of our time” and wrote a “gaycap” highlighting the intimate moments shared between Will and Hannibal over the three seasons—including when they finally embraced in the finale before falling over a cliff.
Even Fuller (who is out) has spoken about Will and Hannibal’s potential sexual relationship. “Who’s the top and who’s the bottom? The answer is they flip,” he answered at this year’s Red Dragon Con, a convention for Fannibals.
Though there’s now talk of another season, Dancy told TV Line earlier this year that a revival probably won’t happen for another “four or five years,” but added he believes everyone in the cast “is willing” to return.
Last year, Fuller revealed he wanted to bring Hannibal back as a miniseries and cover the most famous Hannibal story, Silence of the Lambs.
“I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there are a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series,” he said on the Shock Wave podcast. “I hope we get to tell the story.”
Until the revival becomes a reality scroll through below to see a few examples of the art depicting the relationship between Hannibal and Will, lovingly referred to as “Hannigram.”