'Hannibal' season 3 spoilers: different story elements from Thomas Harris' original novels woven into next season


The season three premiere of NBC's much anticipated psycho-thriller series, "Hannibal" is just a few nights away and is set to explore an entirely new setting.

NBC's synopsis for the season's first episode entitled "Antipasto" states: "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".

An article from Entertainment Weekly has revealed that season three will draw more heavily from author Thomas Harris' novels than ever before. According to the report, the new season will feature a mix of elements drawn from three of Harris' novels. The first half of the season will focus on Lecter moving through Europe on his latest hunt as he runs from the FBI. There, he will encounter the Italian investigator, Pazzi, in a scenario similar to Harris' book, "Hannibal." The report revealed that an episode early in the season will also draw story elements from the origin story "Hannibal Rising," while the second half of the season will draw from the first Lecter book "Red Dragon."

"Hannibal" is a psychological thriller series written by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the collection of novels by Thomas Harris featuring the character Hannibal Lecter. The series stars Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist and a cannibalistic serial killer, unknown to his patient and friend, FBI special investigator Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, a profiler and hunter of serial killers.

"Hannibal" season three will premiere on NBC on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

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