Season 2 ended with a horrific bloodbath. Does Hannibal feel guilty about attempting to murder his friends, or was it simply circumstances and bad timing?
Mads Mikkelsen: It could not be any other way. In Hannibal’s world, that was the ending. He gave Will a chance to come out and be honest. Will chose the other version, so that was the ending. Hannibal doesn’t feel guilty. He’s sad it had to happen. It’s a little like God, when he puts insects on the human race, or floods the whole planet. He’s not happy about it, but it had to be done. “Guilt” is not a big word in Hannibal’s life.
There’s a temptation, though. Hannibal doesn’t have to send Will a Valentine’s Day card.
He can’t help himself. He can’t imagine a life without Will, and he can’t imagine life without Will trying to chase him down. It’s all part of his life. At least he knows Will is thinking about him. He can’t help it. If life is not a game, it’s definitely something that has to be amusing every single day.
In this season, we are going to see Hannibal in Florence and Italy. He’s also going to be in prison for the first time. How was it, playing those two sides?
It’s part of Hannibal’s life. Hannibal has no obvious problems going to jail. He has a vast memory palace. He can close his eyes and he’ll be somewhere else. It would also be an interesting challenge. He’s always curious what’s around the corner. It’s not the end of the world if he goes to jail. He does like his freedom, of course. He loves being in Paris and Florence. He gets to do stuff he hasn’t done in years. If that changes, he has something up his sleeve. He has his memory palace.
Hannibal and Bedelia start the year off together. What are we going to learn about their dynamic?
We touch on their past. We get to know a little bit about how they met and why they have this strange, kinky story going on. It’s not a healthy relationship. In a strange way, it’s distant, but it’s also intimate because they are who they are.