When “Hannibal” executive producer Bryan Fuller and NBC decided to pull episode four, “Ceuf,” from the series’ US run, they promised to make character-driven portions of the installment available for viewing online.
Now that online exclusive has arrived complete with an intro by Fuller, who explains they’ve “cannibalized” the episode for online viewing as a six webisode series.
What you’ll see: The latest therapy session between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Lecter paying a visit to Graham’s house. As the webisodes continue, Lecter grows closer with murder survivor-turned-suspect Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl). Fuller reveals the relationship between Lecter and Hobbs becomes “much more complicated” as the series continues, so he wanted to ensure viewers have the opportunity to see every beat that was included in the yanked episode.
What you won’t see: Anything to do with the criminal-of-the-week storyline about a teacher (guest star Molly Shannon) who brainwashes kids into killing other kids — which is what made Fuller decide to pull the episode from NBC in the wake of recent real life events.
Weeks before “Ceuf” was actually pulled from the air, NBC had already decided not to include the episode on their five-episode press screener DVDs sent to media before the series’ debut. That means U.S. viewers will now see the same five consecutive episodes that critics who watched the screeners reviewed, with the added bonus of these webisodes filling in a few serialized storyline gaps. As Fuller notes in the video, the yanked episode will still be broadcast in its entirety internationally.
And get a taste of the next two “Hannibal” episodes in our early season preview.