is the subject of significant critical acclaim
as its second season draws near to conclusion, with many describing
it as the best show
. It’s been called better than True Detective, better than American Horror Story and The Walking Dead
, and even better than The Silence of the Lambs.
However, despite the confidence of the show's creator
in a renewal, the show’s fate on NBC is in question due to low ratings.
The product of television auteur Bryan Fuller
, the show’s thoughtfulness and depth has also inspired some of the most creative commentary in recent network TV history. The program rewards deep analysis when viewed through the lens of such concepts as evolution
; it even inspires detailed analysis
of its costume design
It also inspires flailing in all forms, from poetic tag-spiraling on tumblr
, to passionately insane recaps
, to nail polishes
and weekly vegan eyeshadows
and a wide array of t-shirts
. The most common cure for this among many fans is considering various aspects of the show from a decidedly more irreverent angle
. Hulu even got into the spirit
on April Fool’s Day this year.
The fanbase (called Fannibals) is fierce and dedicated, going so far as to flood
any available online poll
and organize grassroots word-of-mouth campaigns
. The show is also a hit in many places outside the US, though some of the international promos could be mistaken for the aforementioned "irreverent" fan videos
. Much of the show’s fanbase is located on Tumblr, and the NBCHannibal official Tumblr
is shockingly in tune
with the gleefully obsessive
The show’s cast and crew are very engaged with fans as well. The AV Club did a few episode walkthroughs
with Bryan Fuller last year, but for this new season Fuller has committed to doing a new one for every episode
. Actor Scott Thompson has been doing a supremely charming series
with other cast members
and some of the crew
. He even interviewed a Fannibal
! Even the show’s amazing food stylist Janice Poon has gotten into the act
with her fantastic blog
where we find out how the literal
sausage is made. When the fandom took a mysterious turn into obsession with flower crowns, no one was more willing to play along
with the fandom than co-star Hugh Dancy. Except maybe the rest of the cast and crew.
All of this, in addition to cast
livetweeting right along with the showrunner
. Various characters have participated as well, with accounts such as Freddie Lounds
, the Dire Ravenstag
, Winston the dog
, the live starling that flew out of a dead woman’s chest
, and even Hannibal’s tie
If all of this doom and gloom and grand operatic psychodrama and gore is too much for you, you can always take a break with the Will Graham Has A Nice Day
tumblr, featuring stories about Will Graham just having a nice day, with lots of puppies, and no food that is people.
Do you need more fandom ridiculousness
? Of course you do
! Including an episode of the Nerdist with the man himself, Bryan Fuller.
Most of the links in this post are INCREDIBLY
spoilery up to what’s currently aired. For those interested in catching up, the first season is currently free for Amazon Prime members
, while a portion of the second season that’s aired to date is currently viewable on NBC's site
. The UK is braced this week for the series to air on Sky Living
, where the true zealots are looking forward to evangelizing their friends.
This post was the design of showbiz_liz, Pendragon, sparkletone, tel3path, jeather, Stacey, and mountmccabe. The awesome is all their fault. Any borked links, misspellings, omissions, or other flaws are mine.