No one is pulling the wool over Bedelia Du Maurier's eyes.
The psychiatrist ended season 2 of Hannibal by jumping a trans-Atlantic flight with the series' eponymous cannibal, but season 3 viewers will quickly come to learn that Gillian Anderson's character is in complete control of her own situation.
"Their relationship is hard to quantify for the audience because they think, 'What is she up to? Why is she on that plane?'" series creator Bryan Fuller said of the upcoming premiere, according to Comic Book Resource. "The fun for us was like, 'We have to make her smart. We can't make her brainwashed or be duped by Hannibal.' She has to be a woman in charge of her own story and be driving her own story in the same way that Hannibal has to drive his own story."
The season 3 opener, "Antipasto," will be devoted entirely to teasing out the long history between Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bedelia, resulting in an episode that will be devoid of the rest of the series' cast.
"You're coming in with a criminal and his psychiatrist, who have escaped the law and are living abroad and are having adventures with their situation that are exciting and intriguing," Fuller teased.
Find out more when Hannibal returns to NBC on June 4. Click the video below to see a preview for season 3.