The writers behind Hannibal the TV series have opened up about the show’s possible gay love story.
After almost ten years since the series debuted fans have still been speculating about the main character’s love interest.
And you can’t blame them, Hannibal and Will Graham were getting pretty close.
Was Hannibal just a little bit gay?
The charismatic Mads Mikkelsen starred as Hannibal in this thrilling prequel series.
Starring opposite him was the striking Hugh Dancy playing Will Graham.
Together the pair had remarkable on-screen chemistry.
The series followed the origin story of one of cinema’s most memorable villains, Hannibal Lector.
As the series developed they formed a striking bond as friends which evolved with the complexities of the cases and Hannibal’s crimes.
Their chemistry developed to the point that Will Graham was led to ask himself the question “Is Hannibal in love with me?”
The series even ended with the two characters locked in a passionate embrace as they accepted their fate.
Multiple scenes across the series captured the two locked in moments of intensity that left viewers thinking there must be more to these two than meets the eye.
It’s an idea the actors themselves even toyed with.
“We actually did a couple of takes of the very last scene where we were looking at each other.”
“It was a little too obvious — it was almost a kiss,” Mikkelsen told Vulture a year ago.
“Me and Hugh were like, ‘Why not? We have a couple of takes. Let’s do one. It might be cool.”
Creating Hannibal and Will Graham
Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of Hannibal spoke to Entertainment Weekly recently about the two characters’ potential love story.
“It started out as kind of a fascination with how straight guys interact with each other in a romantic way that is not sexual,” he told the magazine.
“Initially, I didn’t want to misrepresent Thomas Harris’ characters because they clearly have heterosexual leanings in the source material.”
“But as with the kids these days, that sexuality became much more fluid over the course of the series.”
His statements rang true to the characters portrayed in the series.
Whilst there was nothing inherently “gay” or physically intimate between the two, it was the intensity of the characters and their bond that captivated viewers.
But it was this intensity fuelled by the writing and the actors themselves that led him to layer more queer elements into the Hannibal/Will Graham scenario.
“They really helped kind of leach that romance out of the page into something that was actionable,” he said of the actors.
Is Hannibal in love with me?
“That became writing dialogue that was, ‘Is Hannibal in love with me?’ and ‘Do you ache for him?’” he described.
“I was just following the lead of the actors, as opposed to having a gay agenda.”
It was a question that was never answered. But it was a subtext that the writing team were happy to keep.
“It was finally in text and it was no longer in the realm of metaphor or suggestion.”
Whilst Fuller was happy with the way the show and its characters endings, he does have regrets about how far he could have taken their relationship.
“I had to do it again, I might suggest to kiss and see how it played,” he said of the couple.
Not so sure about their love story?
Check out this compilation of Hannibal and Will Graham below.
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