Hannibal Season 2 Production Begins

I don’t know what you’ve been up to this week but I’ve been spending it wishing I could find Bryan Fuller and love him down because his cast and crew are so damned amazing. Let’s go into the how of that, shall we?


Director/Producer Michael Rymer
Director/Producer Michael Rymer be-flowered

Photo: @BryanFuller

Earlier this week, as you can probably guess, Hannibal went into production for Season 2 up in Toronto. Fuck yeah! *fist pump*  This realization may have given me a fit of vapors. What can I say, at least you know you can count on me for these sorts of things! By the by, I hear whispers on the wind i.e. Tumblr that fan gifts will be arriving to the Toronto location directly. Fannibals. Gotta love ’em! And our liege, Bryan, certainly does. In celebration of this momentous occasion, he’s started a mini-project of his own: “Fannibal Gratitude”, in which Bryan bestows flower crowns on any and all Hannibal peeps in thanks for our help in making Season 2 a reality. Then, because he knows the true purpose of the internet, other than porn, he tweets the proof. Added to this are Production team Martha and Dino De Laurentiis teasing us into a frenzy, along with whomever the gorgeous soul is that runs the official Hannibal twitter/tumblr accounts, providing us with endlessly witty tags; I see you too, boo. I mean…c’mon.

THIS MAN. THIS CREW. THIS SHOW. Seriously?! I’ve had less intense (read: satisfying) romantic relationships than the one I have with this show but, you know what? I ain’t mad!

Behold! 'Tis Christmas! Or would that be "Madsmas"?
Behold! ‘Tis Christmas! Or would that be “Madsmas”? Either way, I’m crying about it.

Photo: @BryanFuller

Every TV show has to love their fan base. If for no other reason than because they’re the only way a show will survive. But the Hannibal camp is obviously something altogether different. And this is fitting seeing as how this particular fan base is something altogether different as well. All of this back and forth between the creators and the fans, stemming from the very inception of the show, has created this beautifully synergistic relationship where boundaries are maintained yet interaction between the two factions continues to be both encouraged and enjoyed. Simply put? We bask in each other’s awesome.

Aaron Abrams on the first day of fittings
Aaron Abrams on the first day of fittings

Photo: @neoprod (Martha De Laurentiis)

I’ve truly never seen anything like this and, if I have, it’s never been to such a degree where everyone notices i.e. people on the outside looking in at what’s happening. Producers/Directors/Writers/Actors/etc. taking an active role in directly responding to fan questions, giving unexpected “fan service” without straying from the nature of the show, displaying legitimate appreciation for their (fan) fervency and all that it’s wrought? THAT’S doing it right. THAT’S ensuring that we feel valued and will keep coming back for more. THAT’S making us pay more attention than most television viewers would during a hiatus, effectively continuing to spread the word and remain in the forefront of our collective consciousness. For our dedication, fans are being gifted with the sense of going through production with the crew. WHO ELSE DOES THIS?!

Serial Killer Couture, y'all.
Serial Killer Couture, y’all.

Photo: @neoprod (Martha De Laurentiis)

I’m not sure if our luck is due to all the key players having been in the entertainment industry as long as they have, or if it’s more to do with the types of people who’d so wonderfully bring this literary world to life. I’m veering more towards the latter though. They’ve been around the block more than a few times, but every single person involved in the creation of this show seems overtly, strikingly passionate about it more so than one would expect. They just get it. So, in thanks to THEIR thanks…Thanks!

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