Great news, Fannibals! In what is perhaps the most relieving report from the May upfronts, NBC has announced that Hannibal will in fact be back for a third season. Fans of the critically acclaimed serial killer drama were worried that the show wouldn’t make the cut, thanks to its tough Friday night time slot and lukewarm ratings. However, Variety reports that the hardcore fanbase and international appeal helped to get it renewed.
Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal is one of the darkest and most unique shows on television, thanks to an unnerving visual style and deeply psychological storylines. The series itself is an adaptation of Red Dragon, the first of the Hannibal Lecter novels by Thomas Harris, but often strays from the source material. Instead, it tells a compelling and twisty story that cares more about the relationship between its titular cannibal and FBI special agent Will Graham, than about Hannibal’s origins.
Hannibal has only gotten better as its second season has gone on, and with only three episodes left to go, many were wondering if the season finale would end up being the series finale. A similar thing happened last year, where it looked like the show wouldn’t survive past its freshman year. Fuller himself chimed in last week about the show’s future, confident in a renewal, and luckily, he was proven right by this announcement.
As far as the other bubble dramas on NBC, Variety reports that Revolution may not get a third season, while Parenthood is likely to get a greenlight for one final season. There haven’t been any official announcements about those shows from the network just yet though, so make sure to stay tuned.