It was seemingly inevitable that NBC would cancel the ratings-challenged murder drama Hannibal at some point, but it still hit the show’s devout fanbase hard when it was announced earlier this week that NBC would not be renewing the show for a fourth season. The loss of Hannibal is a blow to intelligent, risky dramatic television as a whole, but fans of Bryan Fuller’s gruesome masterpiece shouldn’t despair quite yet. Major networks like NBC are but one of many avenues available today for broadcasting television and the past few years have seen many programs saved by streaming networks like Netflix and Yahoo Screen. Bryan Fuller has even admitted that there has been interest from several online streaming companies in picking up the show, so there is still a very good chance that we haven’t seen the last of Hannibal. Still, fan support is crucial in helping keep Hannibal alive, meaning we have to give good reasons for why the show should be saved. Fortunately, there are a lot of them.
9. It Still Has A Lot Of Story To Tell
Showrunner Bryan Fuller has made it clear that he envisioned Hannibal as a seven season story, with later seasons tackling some of the plots from the films. Currently, Hannibal is only in its third season, which means there is still a lot of story left to cover. It would be an utter shame to not see how the show tackles the Clarice Starling/Hannibal Lecter relationship made famous in The Silence of the Lambs, especially when it’s incorporated into the show’s much more psychologically-dense universe.