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?
Season 3 or 4 will be Will's last in the main character role.
Francis Dolarhyde was the Angel MakerThe 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 propheticAfter 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hannibal Lecter is an avatar of Nyarlathotep
Will retires from active duty once a season finale.
Molly would be introduced next season as a sort of a Genki Girl type who loves dogs much as he does.
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.
Abel Gideon is Tony P from Mystery Men
Why Freddie Lounds is always wearing gloves
Lecter will use Dr. du Maurier as a scapegoat for his/Will's actions
The veal that Hannibal and Dr. Du Marier ate at the end of Savoreaux was made from Abigail Hobbs.
Abigail Hobbs is alive and on the run
Bedelia Du Maurier is herself a serial killer
Hannibal Lecter is a Nephandus
The Chesapeake Ripper will be the Myth Arc of HannibalAt least until Hannibal's possible arrest.
Hannibal's affair will play a major role later on
Hannibal is somehow connected to the Slender Man
Bedelia is really Mischa Lecter
Hannibal's calm, collected facade will eventually crack
Will, not Jack, will be Clarice Starling's mentor
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.
One of Lecter's victims will be put in a private mental hospital in Denver.
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.
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.
It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
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.
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).
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.
Season 5 visionsSimilar 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 GunAs 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.
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" beerInt 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.
The person Alana points her gun to in the previews is WillBecause 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 Lasshas 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.
Dr. Chiltonwill 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.
Jack Crawford never believed for a second that the Ripper was Frederick Chilton.
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.