Hannibal the cannibal will say goodbye to NBC when season 3 comes to a close.
The network announced on Monday that the psychological-thriller will not return for a fourth season - at least not on NBC. Although the Bryan Fuller series has received low ratings, Hannibal has a dedicated fanbase and the showrunner is hoping to keep Dr. Lecter's (Mads Mikkelsen) story going.
"I would love to see the show continue," Fuller informed BuzzFeed. "The plan for Season 4 was perhaps my favorite season arc yet."
In the wake of the unfortunate news, the cast and crew took to Twitter in a unanimous diplay of class. Instead of bemoaning the possible end of Hannibal, every one from the production company to long-time members of the Toronto-based crew had nothing but positive messages to share:
It felt incomprehensibly, wonderfully crazy that any of it aired at all. So assuming it was a collective dream, thanks for conjuring me. XO
— Aaron Abrams (@MrAaronAbrams) June 22, 2015
We hope to bring you future seasons. Let's focus on the amazing #Fannibal family we have formed, and move forward together! #Hannibal — DeLaurentiis Co (@DeLaurentiisCo) June 22, 2015
#Fannibals , it has been an honor and a joy bringing Freddie Lounds to life. I have been blessed for 3 years working on this show with some of the very best, on some of the most insanely creative scripts around, and look forward to watching the rest of season 3 with you and seeing what the future holds (and posting weekly Freddie art). Count my lucky stars that #Hannibal, #bryanfuller and all the wonderful Fannibals came into my life. You guys elevate the whole thing, making an already artistically rewarding experience into a personally rewarding one too. xxLJ
A photo posted by Lara Jean Chorostecki (@larajeanc_) on Jun 22, 2015 at 3:21pm PDT
.@BryanFuller @neoprod @NBCHannibal you make incredible art, you invite everyone to jump higher. #SaveHannibal https://t.co/3FHeXZaUa3 — Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) June 22, 2015
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) June 22, 2015
As Fuller stated above, season 3 is nowhere close to over. Fans can continue to tune in to NBC Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET to see 10 more adventures with Hanni, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), and, set to make his debut in episode 8, the Red Dragon (Richard Armitage). Click the video below to see a preview for the series' next episode.