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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Hannibal
The fight scene in the season 2 trailer is in the first episode.
If it was some kind of big secret, they wouldn't put it so clearly in the first trailer. This troper guesses that it'll be a cold open. A sudden, violent, irresistible cold open. Who isn't going to watch the rest of the season after something like that?
  • Confirmed, all of the above!

Season 3 or 4 will be Will's last in the main character role.
  • The events of Red Dragon require that Will calls it quits. Enter Clarice Starling expy. Her appearance has already been possibly/probably foreshadowed via Crawford's grief over Miriam Lass. 3 seasons of Will and 3 seasons of Clarice seems like a fair fit.
    • Season 4 will be Red Dragon, so Graham will still be the main character then. Clarice Starling or an expy like Miriam Lass could be the main character after that.

Francis Dolarhyde was the Angel Maker
The FBI identify the wrong man. The guy we see wasn't the Angel Maker, a we never see him do anything violent or criminal and his ex-wife claims he was't especially religious (near-death experience aside). The murders are also very well organised and require much effort, so its unlikely a man dying of a brain tumour could have pulled them off.His suicide, likewise, might not be impossible but it is pretty improbable.

Dolarhyde's grandma threatened to castrate him because he kept shitting himself as a kid (nice lady), and of course they found out that someone at least had just that happen to them. They found it in the spot where a homeless guy used to be sitting- did he just move on and miss the murder, or is he just an extra;, or, is he another victim, or even the killer?

Graham said that the Angel Maker was "transforming" or "elevating" the people he killed by making angels out of them; Dolarhyde did the same to his female victims, making them into people who would desire him and be desirable too him. The hallucination of the "angel maker" also mentions the majesty of himself and his work (something like "receive my majesty"), just like Dolarhyde forced Freddie Lounds to say in the movies and the book.

And Graham thinks the killer is religious and a Christian, though with an imperfect understanding which fits Dolarhyde because he was raised by a violently abusive but fanatically religious grandmother. And his pathology is more or less that he thinks he is becoming Satan.

Word of God was that we would see some "early work" of Francis Dolarhyde; I think this was it (EDIT: Okay, so apparently the break-in at the start of the pilot was Dolarhyde, but this could be him also).

Abigail's hallucination was prophetic
After drinking hallucinogenic tea, Abigail hallucinates that Hannibal Lecter is her father. This was not so much a reflection of her filial feelings toward Lecter as of her awareness on some level that Lecter is dangerous like her father. Abigail's hallucination might be a warning that Lecter will try to manipulate and even kill her in the future, just as her father did.
  • Confirmed. Hannibal manipulates her throughout the first season and eventually murders her offscreen.

If he comes to the show, David Tennant will play...
Since Bryan Fuller mention that David's audition as Hannibal left him made him amazed and wanted him to play another character, but more psychotic and crazy. Thus he will play:
  • Francis Dolarhyde.
    • My money's on Dolarhyde, given that he has the lanky, wiry frame and the tendency to speak his lines in a deranged fashion.
      • Weeellll, in the book, at least, Dolarhyde is really strong physically, to quote Will on the phone. I don't know if Tennant is that much stronger than he looks, or if he could get that kind of muscle on him... though when you describe him that way... Miggs?
  • A re-imagined Paul Krendler, where he had become a Vigilante Serial Killer of sorts.
  • Buffalo Bill
    • My money's on Buffalo Bill. I'd loooove to see David Tennant being a creepy Jame Gumb. He's way closer to the book AND the movie version of Buffalo Bill than he is of Dolarhyde. Plus, we could see him in early seasons (before season 5's Silence) when Raspail and him visit Lecter. Oh, this is exciting!!!
  • Mason Verger
    • This troper agrees, but with a catch. Mason Verger has been cast and David Tennant is a busy, busy guy. I think he was originally slated to play Dr. Verger, but Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt got the part because of scheduling conflicts. An A-lister like Tennant isn't going to sit around and wait to play a villain on a TV series that can get cancelled anytime.
  • An original character who is an Expy of either Dolarhyde or Buffalo Bill.

Dr. du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) isn't real.
Or at least, not as she appears in the show. She was indeed Hannibal Lecter's colleague and psychiatrist until she was attacked by one of her patients — Hannibal himself, who murdered her. Now she appears as hallucinations to Hannibal, much like Garret Jacob Hobbes and the Ravenstag appear to Graham.
  • Beat me to it. It's deliberate that NO ONE else has ever been in the same scene with her, besides dear Dr. Lecter ~The Troper Before Time
  • This is Jossed in Relevés, where Jack meets and speaks with her.

Hannibal killed Dr. du Maurier's stalker.
It's obvious that Hannibal feels some degree of attachment, even affection, for du Maurier. It's entirely possible that when her former patient tried to kill her, Hannibal killed the patient to save her life. This would certainly make du Maurier feel more obligated to come out of retirement to be Hannibal's psychiatrist.
  • Relevés lends credibility to this theory: it's revealed that du Maurier's patient was manipulated into swallowing his own tongue, and, aside of this method mirroring what Hannibal did to Miggs in Silence of the Lambs, her choice of words and conversation with Hannibal heavily imply that it was him.

Will knows Hannibal is a killer...sort of.
Ever since Will started hallucinating, he's only had a few very specific images appear in multiple episodes. One is the deer covered in feathers. Can anyone say wolf in sheep's clothing? Will thinks it's from Garret Jacob Hobbs but really it's reminding him of the other person he met on that case: Hannibal. Ordinary and seemingly harmless at first, unless you look closer.

The only other case that has appeared in Will's hallucinations after the fact is the totem pole. As Will himself says, it's the killer showing off his opus. Who else is a big showoff? Chesapeake Ripper. Basically, Will's subconscious has made the connection even if his awake mind hasn't. He sees the totem pole and seconds later find himself at Hannibal's door.

And when he captures Gideon, who he earlier said would want to meet the Ripper he again winds up at Hannibal's door. It's almost like Will is putting a puzzle together upside down. He has all the pieces in the right place but still can't see the picture.

  • I personally saw the totem as Will viewing all of the cases he's gone through thus far - seeing them as a summation of his work with the FBI, which are symbolically summoning the tsunami to wash over his mind and destroy it. Additionally, as I mentioned in the Fridge section, Will's behaviour in Rôti reflects the fact that he's seeing the Ripper through a filter - just barely picking him up through the mind of a man who thinks he's the Ripper.

Abigail will die before Hannibal's arrest.
While she was mentioned in Red Dragon it was only in passing and her role was nowhere near as significant as in the series. She also helped her father hunt and kill his victims and is seen by Will as some sort of tool for redemption after he killed her father. All points that could potentially lead to a very tragic end.
  • As of Relevés, this is heavily implied but unclear. Though Hannibal appears to have killed her, we'll have to wait until the finale to know for sure.
    • In the season 1 finale, "Savoreux", Abigail's severed ear and the blood-spattered kitchen indicate that Hannibal murdered her.
      • And now that's back in play as of Season Two, with Miriam Lass turning out to be alive.

Hannibal Lecter is an avatar of Nyarlathotep
  • Like Nyarlathotep, Hannibal is a tall, regal man with a brilliant mind who delights in murder, deception, and manipulation. To boot, he pushes Will into madness, another calling card of Lovecraftian gods. Clearly, he's a 21st century avatar of the Outer Gods' messenger.

Will retires from active duty once a season finale.
  • Only for Jack to bring him back, which will bring a fallout between the two of them before leading into the events of Red Dragon where he would actual retire from the FBI, though would likely still teach as a professor for the FBI.

Molly would be introduced next season as a sort of a Genki Girl type who loves dogs much as he does.
  • After all the shit he had seen, Will would finally have a balance in his life.
  • Alana Bloom will replace the character of Molly. She does, after all, have Will's dogs, and is a potential love interest.
    • Alana now has a relationship with Hannibal. It would be pretty hard for either of them to be together after that.

Season 2 will have the FBI Consulting a Convicted Killer in prison.
Namely, Will Graham. The price for his insight into the case of the week is a chance to find evidence leading to his exoneration and Hannibal's arrest.
  • Confirmed, except for the price part so far.

Abel Gideon is Tony P from Mystery Men
  • Obviously they're both played by Eddie Izzard but beyond that look at the facts:
    • Tony P was obviously unstable and in denial at the death of disco
    • He had time after the film to flee and begin a new vocation, namely surgery.
      • From this we can guess the trigger that pushed him over the edge into killing his family was one of them made a nasty comment about Boney M and that brings us to where we join him in the series.

Why Freddie Lounds is always wearing gloves
  • Beyond fashion sense of course, in a series so focused on the little details a character who is near always keeping her hands covered regardless of situation will be significant for her character.
    • Orrr she just doesn't want to leave evidence at crime scenes. She can't stop hair follicles falling out, but she can at least keep her fingerprints from contaminating the places she visits.

Lecter will use Dr. du Maurier as a scapegoat for his/Will's actions
  • It's very heavily implied that Dr. du Maurier knows that something is very much wrong with Lecter. As speculated above, he could very well have killed one of her patients in the past, and their dialogue (especially in the last few episodes) is filled with subtext regarding Lecter's actions towards Will Graham. Now that he doesn't have Will to manipulate any more, Lecter will need somebody else to cover for his actions, and since he's become dangerously close to opening up to Dr. du Maurier, and the only other person he's close to, she's the natural choice. Also, since canon dictates Will was never convicted of murder (only institutionalized for a time) somebody will have to fit the bill for the crimes.
    • It's certainly plausible. Hannibal is getting close to Du Maurier using the same strategy that he used to get close to Will: slowly dissolving professional boundaries, implicating her in lies, and making food for her.

The veal that Hannibal and Dr. Du Marier ate at the end of Savoreaux was made from Abigail Hobbs.
  • Veal comes from a young calf, after all.
    • Confirmed by Word of God.
      • No it's not. In the interview, Fuller is being deliberately evasive, saying that Hannibal and Bedelia eating Abigail is "the message" that is getting across, and perhaps what Hannibal wants Bedelia to think. See below.

Abigail Hobbs is alive and on the run
  • Hannibal's statement "I'm sorry I couldn't protect you in this life refers to her public life as the daughter of Garett Jacob Hobbs, as compared to the new life where she will be going on the run with a false name, free of the media stigma and FBI suspicions. To catalyse this, he rips off her the instant after he says that (look at where his hand is at the end of that scene), and possibly some other skin from her face, so that she'll be too disfigured to be immediately recognisable. He then force-feeds that ear to Will Graham. Later on, when he presents Bedelia with a meal made of actual weal, he knows she'll think that it's Abigail and will tell this to authorities should he be caught - hence covering Abigail's tracks more thoroughly.

Bedelia Du Maurier is herself a serial killer
  • Like Hannibal, she goes out of her way to create a spotless public persona so as to be above suspicion. She's seems intelligent enough to know that Hannibal is a serial killer, and counsels him to learn more about the mind of someone like herself.

Hannibal Lecter is a Nephandus
  • Hannibal is an Infernalist (or possibly Malfean) Nephandus who serves the evil Ravenstag spirit. He quietly uses Qlippothic magic to deceive and madden those around him. For instance, it was his Qlippothic magic that induced encephalitis in Will so as to drive him into madness. Will, himself a mage, slowly retraces Hannibal's actions by using the Mind sphere while in Abigail's house, and he receives visions of Ravenstag by using the Spirit sphere.

The Chesapeake Ripper will be the Myth Arc of Hannibal

At least until Hannibal's possible arrest.

Season 3
  • Bryan Fuller has explained how he has a seven season arc for the show but hasn't explained what his plans for Season 3 are. It's probable that, at the end of Season 2, Will will have convinced everyone that Hannibal framed him and that Season 3 will consist of the FBI's manhunt (pun slightly intentional) for Hannibal.
    • Not only do we know that the fight scene between Will and Jack probably takes place in the last or second to last episode, at the point of time this is written (season 2, episode 7), Hannibal is already under Jack's suspicion and Will's planning on getting him exposed by resuming their sessions. All in all, the build-up and hints are strongly pointing towards the season ending with Hannibal's exposure. There is an entire-season gap between this and the Red Dragon season. Season 3 focusing on the search for him, and perhaps including his actual capture, arrest, trial and official incarceration, would be the most interesting and logical way to fill that gap.

Hannibal's affair will play a major role later on
  • While it seemed to be a throwaway line in episode 7, it was mentioned that Hannibal was having an affair during first The Chesapeake Ripper investigation. With whoever it was will come to effect the story later on. Any guesses on who it could be?
    • Murasaki? Or perhaps a Clarice expy?
    • In the first episode, Hannibal mentions his former secretary who married and moved to Europe. Maybe she was in a love triangle with Hannibal and another suitor?
    • My money's on Murasaki. In the background of Hannibal's office, there's some Japanese artwork and second season's episode titles are all based on Japanese dishes. If this goes the way of Hannibal Rising, the two had a romantic sort of relationship. Though it could count as Villainous Incest, she's his aunt by marriage. Brian Fuller teased during a panel that Robert Lector may still be alive in this timeline, so it's possible the two may come into play.

Dr Abel Gideon will return as a Big Bad /Arc Villain
  • Since Francis Dolarhyde and Buffalo Bill are likely going to be used as these.
    • Is he not dead?
    • According to Bryan Fuller and The Hannibal TV Show website apparently not.

Hannibal is somehow connected to the Slender Man
  • They're both fundamentally alien creatures who see human beings as prey or entertainment. Their victims either disappear off the face of the earth or are slowly corrupted and driven insane while their friends look on. They can travel great distances while unobserved (Hannibal can kill someone in another state and transport her lungs home without anyone noticing his absence), and they're both constantly dressed in impeccable suits.

Bedelia is really Mischa Lecter
  • In this continuity, Mischa was not murdered as a child, but was forcibly separated or kidnapped from the Lecter family and adopted abroad. Raised as Bedelia Du Maurier, she has no knowledge of her heritage. However, she still partakes of the Lecter family temperament and mannerisms, as seen in therapy scenes between Bedelia and Hannibal. Hannibal somehow discovered the truth, but decided to keep it from her until the time is right. He insists that Bedelia act as his therapist so he will have an excuse to be close to his sister. Because of his sociopathic nature, however, he has no moral qualms about referring a dangerous patient to her or implicating her in lies.

Hannibal's calm, collected facade will eventually crack
  • Hannibal is cool and reserved as long as he's in control of a situation. Eventually, law enforcement will discover that he's the Chesapeake Ripper and hunt him down. When he loses control of his situation and finds himself a wanted man, Hannibal will explode with narcissistic rage. And it won't be pretty.

Will, not Jack, will be Clarice Starling's mentor
  • He'll also be the one to choose Clarice to consult with Hannibal about Buffalo Bill. Which is why Hannibal would be more interested in helping Clarice. He'll see it as one more opportunity to mess with Will.

There will be flashbacks to the events of Hannibal Rising.
Count Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki might be appearing in season 2.

Season 2 will introduce characters from The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.
  • Lecter will have a therapy session with Klaus, who will relay the story of how Jame Gumb killed his lover Benjamin Raspail. Klaus will then be killed by Lecter. This will be Lecter's last murder before the whole FBI finds out that he is the Chesapeake Ripper.
  • Lecter will visit Mason Verger, give him a drink, and encourage him to cut off his own face. Verger will do so and eat the pieces of his face. He will go on a respirator and keep Lecter's actions a secret because he wants to get revenge on him and it would be hard to do so if Lecter is locked up.
    • Michael Pitt is confirmed to portray Mason Verger in season 2.

One of Lecter's victims will be put in a private mental hospital in Denver.
  • In Red Dragon, Will says that Lecter's only two surviving victims (Graham not included) included someone on a respirator in Baltimore and someone in a mental hospital in Denver: “One is on a respirator at a hospital in Baltimore. The other is in a private mental hospital in Denver.” While the one on a respirator is Mason Verger, we are never told in the books who was put in the mental hospital. The show could explore this. The victim could survive Lecter during season 2 and then be visited by Graham in the asylum for questioning during season 3.
    • I am beginning to wonder whether Alana Bloom or Miriam Lass will have fates such as this one. One slept with a serial killer, the other one was held captive by Lecter for three years.

Will Graham will visit Shiloh at some point.
At the end of Red Dragon, it is mentioned that Will Graham visited Shiloh in spring the year after he killed Garrett Jacob Hobbs and the year before he arrested Hannibal Lecter. Maybe he will travel to Shiloh in his search for Lecter in season 3.

Will will be disfigured at the end of season 4.
To match the ending of Red Dragon.

Season 5 will deal with Will's alcoholism.
In The Silence of the Lambs, it is mentioned that Will has become an alcoholic. This could be a subplot while the manhunt for Jame Gumb or a Jame Gumb Expy is going on.

Bella Crawford will die from her illness in season 5.
This would match the fate of the character in The Silence of the Lambs.

Jack Crawford will die from a heart attack in season 6 or 7.
This would match the character's fate in Hannibal. Maybe Graham will visit him before he dies.

Season 7 will deal with Will Graham looking for Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling or a Clarice Starling Main/Expy in Buenos Aires.
If season 6 is based on the book Hannibal, then season 7 may pick up from the epilogue that takes place three years after the rest of the book.

The show will end with Will Graham killing Hannibal Lecter.
This will happen in season 7.

Will's father will debut in season 2.
Most likely during his trial. It doesn't seem like the two communicate anymore (or more Will cut off ties with him). Will mentioned in Coquilles that he keeps getting aftershave with a ship on the bottle for Christmas. And throughout his childhood they lived mostly on docks or boats.
  • At least the trial appearance is Jossed.

NBC will cancel the show.
They are trying their hardest to take out Community and now they moved Hannibal, their other cult hit, into the Friday Slot of Death. We're counting on you, Netflix.
  • Jossed. I am from the future. All seven seasons were awesome. Good WMGs here, by the way.

It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
  • Confirmed(?)

The flash forward takes place during the season 2 finale.
It says "12 weeks earlier" after the flash forward is shown. Season 2 episode 13 airs 12 weeks after season 2 episode 1.

The killer portrayed by Patrick Garrow is Jame Gumb.
In "Kaiseki," the killer is obsessed with skin and dumps bodies in rivers. Crediting Garrow simply as "Killer" may be Bryan Fuller's way of getting around using a character owned by MGM without naming the character. Fuller may have also changed Gumb's modus operandi a bit so that he does not seem exactly like the character owned by MGM.

Alternatively, the killer portrayed by Patrick Garrow is a Jame Gumb expy.
As stated above, the killer's modus operandi is different from the Jame Gumb with whom we are all familiar. For all we know, this killer may inspire Jame Gumb to commit his murders later on in the show. This expy may meet Lecter in a way similar to how Gumb meets Lecter prior to Lecter's incarceration.
  • Expy part seems to be confirmed. His name is James Gray. His last name may have been chosen because of the shades of color in his murals.

Bedelia will help Will catch Hannibal.
In a sneak preview, it shows her saying, "I believe you," to Will. Maybe she wants Hannibal to get caught.

Alternatively, Bedelia is helping Hannibal mess with Will.
She will make Will believe that she is trying to help him when she is really studying him for Hannibal, from whom Will does not want a visit.

Season 2 ending.
Crawford will survive the fight, possibly due to Graham coming to his aid. Nevertheless, Lecter will escape, thus setting in motion the manhunt for Lecter in season 3.

Kade Prurnell will suffer the same fate as Paul Krendler.
It was announced that Cynthia Nixon would play Kade Prurnell, whose name is an anagram of Paul Krendler. She is described as an employee at the Office of the Inspector General of the FBI. In the book Hannibal, Paul Krendler's brain is eaten by Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. Since she may be a Paul Krendler [[Expy]], something similar may happen to her.

The events of Red Dragon will have Adaptational Expansion.
The events that appear in the novel do not seem like they can cover thirteen whole episode if everything that is written is covered. Hannibal will probably appear more often than he does in the novel. The show is, after all, named after him.

We will see flashbacks to the childhood of Francis Dolarhyde.
In the novel Red Dragon, Dolarhyde's Tragic Backstory is described in-depth for a few chapters. In the show, the flashbacks will probably be spread out throughout season 4.

The Great Red Dragon will be visible to the audience.
In the novel, Dolarhyde hears a voice in his head compelling him to kill and identifies it as the Great Red Dragon. We will not only hear the voice, but also see an actor playing him onscreen, similar to what Defiant Theater did for their play of Red Dragon. If they can show us the Wendigo seen by Graham, then they can show us the Dragon seen by Dolarhyde.

We will see Hannibal's memory palace.
The show is all about imagination, after all.

Hannibal will relive flashbacks of Hannibal Rising...
...in his memory palace.

In Hassun, the killer is not Lecter, but is a copycat who is obsessed with the Ripper and believes Will is guilty.
First, the killer was friends with one of his victims. Hannibal is not shown to be social with anyone blue collar. Second, Lecter does not use a gun and them mutilate his victims, with rare exception he kills his victims by mutilating them. If he intended to exonerate Will by executing more Ripper murders, he wouldn't use a different M.O. Next, the Wendigo in Will's dream went into a cell, the opposite direction of Lecter. The killer is instead someone who thinks Will is guilty of the crimes, and, wants him to go free, and is obsessed. May not have inside knowledge of the investigation, though, because the mutilation is done after death instead of during, a detail probably not readily available to everyone. Money's on Dolarhyde (who might be following along as in the events of Red Dragon) or a somehow well and free Dr. Gideon (who can make good Ripper knockoffs thanks to Chilton, and might want to humiliate Chilton by freeing Will).
  • Semi-Confirmed by the promo trailer for episode 5. The killer is not Hannibal, but instead one of the asylum staff (played by Johnathan Tucker). However, his motives have more to do with him believing Will's innocence than his guilt. If the trailer is anything to go by, we will see this killer actually go up against Hannibal himself.
  • Semi-confirmed by the actual episode. The asylum staff member murdered the bailiff, but Hannibal killed the judge.

What Beverly saw in Hannibal's basement
...Was Abigail Hobbs, incapacitated but alive, sans one ear. The rest of her body was never found, and there are theories saying that Hannibal saw something of his younger sister in her, which would preclude him killing her.
  • And/or Miriam Lass, mutilated but alive. Hannibal is keeping them in induced comas with special drugs.

Season 5 visions
Similar to how Will Graham has visions of the raven-feathered stag and the Wendigo, Clarice Starling (or an expy) will have visions of lambs, her horse, buffalo, and moths as she gets closer to catching Jame Gumb (or an expy). When she meets him and figures out who he is, she will imagine him as Mothman.

Freddie's derringer will be a literal Chekhov's Gun

Hannibal's Armor is a Chekhov's Gun
As shown in Futamono, Hannibal apparently owns an elaborate set of samurai armor, complete with a katana. It is in his house. When it is first seen, the camera lingers on it for a little while. You can bet that in the Season 2 finale fight, someone (either Hannibal or Jack) is going for the samurai gear. And it will be awesome.
  • The armor belonged to his aunt Lady Murasaki, it's referenced/shown in Hannibal Rising. It's possible this was a shout-out/hint that his history will be explored more thoroughly soon.

Alana Bloom will have a nervous breakdown.
Because she will realize that Will was innocent and that she slept with a cannibalistic serial killer.

On a related note, Hannibal is drugging Alana Bloom, probably with his "special reserve" beer
Int he first few episodes of Season 1, Alana actually gets quite mad at Hannibal when he consistently contradicts her opinions regarding what's best for Will and Abigail Hobbs, culminating when he withdraws Abigail from the mental hospital behind her back and drugs her into a stupor. However, they get along much better in the scene where Hannibal first pours her a beer; when she likes it, but can't identify one of its flavors, he tells her to consider it her own "private reserve." (Hannibal himself always drinks wine.)

This is also when Hannibal first brings up the idea of "an affair" with Alana. In the episodes after this one, Alana is noticeable flirtier with Will Graham and Hannibal even against her own better judgement and very far from her worries about hurting Will from the first episode. All of this may suggest that her eventually ending up in an affair with Hannibal and suddenly becoming his defender at a few key points later in S1 and in S2.

It's also worth noting that this is Lecter's standard MO when it comes to women: he also drugs Abigail Hobbs, as mentioned above, and in the books he uses drugs and brainwashing to seduce Calrice Starling to his side permanently. Given how often the show takes material from the books and puts a new spin on it or connects it to anew character, Hannibal may be doing to Alana in the show Hannibal what he did to Clarice in the book Hannibal.

Hannibal did not have sex with Alana
. He merely drugged her to the point where she was so intoxicated that she would not remember the night with him. He removed her clothes to provide the illusion that they had sex with each other.
  • Why?
    • To have an alibi and make Alana believe that they are growing so close that she will trust him even more.

The person Alana points her gun to in the previews is Will
Because even if it's been finally shown that he didn't kill anyone, he still put a hit on Hannibal Lecter. And her distrust of him is the perfect fuel Hannibal needs to get her further under his influence.

Miriam Lass
has amnesia Hannibal doesn't leave anything to chance. He took 'credit' for the murders Will was accused of, and left enough clues for the FBI to find Miriam three years after her disappearance. He wouldn't risk her being found unless she'd either been brainwashed or sufficiently traumatized to ensure that she could never identify him.
  • Did he simply wear a mask every time he visited her to feed her?? Unless he did brainwash her to be loyal to him but then why would he keep her down ther- oh... my head hurts.

Dr. Chilton
will survive being shot in the face. We see the bullet enter on or beneath his cheek, and exit through the side of his neck. His brain and spine could be completely unharmed.
  • It's more likely than you'd think. There have been many recorded cases of people being shot in the cheek, the bullet passing along under the skin, and exiting below the ear. So long as it doesn't strike bone and the bleeding is stopped, survival is possible.
    • I sincerely hope that this is true, because he should still be alive for the events of Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Bryan Fuller retweeted this graphic outlining almost that exact scenario, compared to his unequivocal statements that Beverly Katz was dead.

Jack Crawford never believed for a second that the Ripper was Frederick Chilton.
  • Jack's apparent belief in Chilton as the Ripper is all a feint to make Hannibal Lecter think the Frame-Up of Chilton was successful. If he really believed Chilton was the evil mastermind behind all of the Ripper killings, he would have had FBI agents swarming Will Graham's house to arrest him. Instead he showed up alone, indicating exactly how little of a threat he actually considered Chilton (and possibly to ensure no other agents would take it upon themselves to shoot "the Ripper" on sight).

An expy will take Chilton's place for future seasons.
That is, assuming that Chilton has, in fact, been killed.

Lounds will die before season 4.
If Chilton can die earlier than he should have, then nobody is safe. Fredricka Lounds will be killed and then replaced by an expy by season 4. Better yet, maybe she has a twin brother named Frederick Lounds, who is also a reporter.

Season 5 will not adapt The Silence of the Lambs.
Chilton had a major role in Silence. His death could be Fuller's way of saying that he does not believe that he can ever get the rights to that story from MGM.
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