To say that Hannibal pushed boundaries -both artistically, and with its crazy gory visuals- is a massive understatement, so it's not really a huge surprise that it never had bigger ratings. It's a genuine shame, but not a surprise. For the most part, people like their TV Shows simple, safe, and familiar; that's why there are 8 different CSI's, and 12 different Law & Order's. That's also why every comedy on CBS is the same, bland, laugh track-filled waste of airtime.
Seriously, let CBS play a few episodes of Big Bang Theory without the laugh track on, and people wouldn't know where to laugh. Because it's not funny.
Anyhow, I'm getting off point. Apologies.
|"THAT WAS RUDE."|
And for the record, as much as we despise NBC for cancelling Hannibal, we have to give the Network a ton of credit for not only giving a show like that a chance to begin with, but for giving it three seasons to do its thing, and hopefully find a bigger audience. So many shows with similar ratings get the axe before their first season is even finished, but they gave Bryan Fuller and crew three seasons to run wild. Which they did.
That took balls too. Thank you, NBC.
Will Hannibal reappear on another Network down the road? Will we get a Hannibal movie (or two) every few years, so that we can once again bask in its sick, twisted, gorgeous, fantastic world? Maybe. Maybe not. We can hope though, that Hannibal isn't finished, and that's enough for us, I suppose. Because it has to be.
So thank you Bryan Fuller and crew; thank you Hugh, Mads, Laurence, Caroline, Gillian, Scott, Hettienne, Aaron, Raul, Katharine, Kasey, Lara Jean, Gina, Richard, Rutina, Eddie and everyone else who made up the fantastic cast, whether guest star or top-billed; thank you NBC for at least giving Hannibal a chance, and we mean a real, legitimate chance; thank you Gaumont; thank you De Laurentis; and thank you to all of the #Fannibals who allowed us to become a part of their lives during this fantastic run.
We will miss you all.
The series finale of Hannibal airs Tonight at 10 P.M. on NBC.