Our hunger for new episodes of NBC's Hannibal will finally be satisfied because season three of the hit serial killer show airs tonight at 10 p.m.
Developed by screenwriter and producer Bryan Fuller (Carrie, Star Trek: Voyager), and based on elements of the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal follows the story of FBI murder investigator Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Yeah, that's right — we're talking about Hannibal the cannibal, most famously played by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.
And while we love the films, seeing Hannibal Lecter on the small screen has rekindled our fascination for one of fiction's most deadly characters.
Fannibals have been patiently waiting for the return of the show, especially after the shocking season two finale that finally led us to that kitchen fight scene between Lecter and Jack Crawford we were anticipating since episode one.
And this season, Fuller will introduce more elements from Red Dragon, including the "Tooth Fairy" serial killer himself, Francis Dolaryhde, along with the return of Dr. Chilton and Abel Gideon (in flashback forms) after they were previously killed off.
Between the powerful performances from Dancy and Mikkelsen, and the intoxicating art direction, it's no wonder that Hannibal is such a critically acclaimed show.
This season, it appears the menu is Italian, as we follow Lecter and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier in Florence where they have escaped the FBI radar.
It may be some time before we find out if Jack Crawford or Alana Bloom died after the "Red Dinner," reminding us that we must savor each moment with these characters since we never know who Lecter will take down next.
There have been so many draw-dropping moments in this series thus far. So as we get ready to see what Hannibal is cooking up this time — as we wait to be served 13 more episodes of our favorite psychological thriller on prime-time TV — we are taking a look back on the best moments as an appetizer for tonight's main course.
Prepare your palates, because these deliciously wrong Hannibal moments are too tasty not to be told in GIF.
Music That Left Us Silent
When preparing for a dinner party, you want to make sure you have the right music to set the mood. One of the most shocking moments was in season one, episode eight, when a trombonist's vocal cords were used as the strings of a cello that was coming out of his mouth. The creativity of this murder deserves a standing ovation.
Mikkelsen really knows how to work a suit as Dr. Lecter, but although his fashion choices are always a hit, it was Dr. Carruthers who is disgustingly being awarded the best dressed for his Columbian Neck Tie in episode 11 of season one. If a tongue hanging out of the neck wasn't enough of a shocker, Dr. Gideon's reaction is just icing on the cake.
This scene brings a whole new meaning to preparing your vegetables. In the episode "Amuse Bouche" of season one, Will Graham is called to a crime scene that is a grave of bodies that were buried alive. The bodies were used to grow fungus, causing mushrooms to sprout from their skin.
Dr. Lecter knows how to put together a feast. There is no denying he is a pro in the kitchen. There are quite a few times we see him preparing his finger-licking good meals, and we cringed each time a character like Graham or Crawford took mouthfuls of human flesh. One of the things on the menu? Human leg.
Say Your Prayers
Before a good meal, you should give thanks. We are thankful the show's writers know how to bring on the gore. Warning: This one is not for the squeamish. In the episodes "Coquilles," Will Graham gets in bed to get inside the murder scene at a hotel. The murderer is a man who sees demons all around him, and in an attempt to make them holy, he hangs their skin to resemble angles.
We all know Hannibal has great taste – especially when it comes to art. And this work of art will give you nightmares. In a very Human Centipede-like way, we see the human mural in the episode "Sakizuke."
While speaking of masterpieces, remember this one?
While the episode "Trou Normand" wasn't as eventful as some of the others, the big moment was the human totem pole.
Stick A Fork In Me
It's time to stick a fork in me, because this list is finally done. Just ask the nurse that was beaten down and made into a shish kabob by Abel Gideon.
Just remember, this is just a short list of all the moments that left us on the edge of our seats. Other highlights include the death of Beverly Katz (that included being drained, frozen, sliced and put on display), when Hannibal convinces Mason to cut off his nose AND EAT IT, when the judge was hung without this brain, and when Hannibal torched Georgia Madchen in an oxygen-rich isolation chamber — all moments that left our mouths open in shock.
While there are no shortages of graphically gory scenes in Hannibal, somehow we are always left hungry for more.