Kacey Rohl appears as Abigail Hobbs in Season 1 of Hannibal

After checking in with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson) in the “Hannibal” Season 3 premiere, NBC’s fan-favorite horror series caught up with main character Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in the second episode. It also revealed to audiences that at least one person didn’t make it out of Hannibal’s home alive after the Season 2 finale.
“Hannibal” pulled a bait-and-switch with Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl), making the audience think she’d somehow survived that horrible night before revealing at the end of the episode that she actually did die. That means viewers witnessed Will interacting with a figment of his own imagination for an hour — though that leaves one part of the episode unexplained.
A priest seems to see Abigail at one point in the episode, which is confusing considering she doesn’t exist. Showrunner Bryan Fuller explains that that moment was something he wanted to add to make her presence ambiguous.

“We’ve just seen how much damage Hannibal has done to Will’s psyche, and that he is imagining the losses still being present in his life. We kind of do a thing where we are suggesting something slightly supernatural in Abigail’s presence when the priest is able to look and see her as she walks by,” he tells Zap2it. “There’s that moment that was very consciously woven into that episode to say that yes, we’re in a heightened world that is very much grounded in a reality, but this is our first supernatural statement that perhaps Will is genuinely haunted by Abigail.”

Fuller continues, “That’s a little Easter egg for the audience, and those who do believe in ghosts will put more weight on it than those who don’t. For me, it was a way to keep Abigail alive, if only in Will Graham’s mind, but also give that some legitimacy outside of delusion.”

“Hannibal” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz