The second season starts this Thursday and I am so glad this show survived the shaky ratings it had the first season, because it deserves to more time to develop and play out. This is the most visually striking show on TV right now. The set designs, the lighting, framing are always beautiful in their own twisted way. Season 2 trailer This is another show that has such a strong atmosphere because all of it's major characters are fucked up in one way or another it's just that some hide it better than others. For those that don't know the series is pretty much a prequel to Red Dragon which is the first book where Hannibal Lecter appears. It's the full story of how FBI agent Will Gram has to match wits with the devious but elegant and charismatic psycho path the show is named after. However, the series has some pretty big ambitions and if it can keep its ratings up where they were at the end of last season then we should also get some alternate takes on the books starting in the third season which really makes me pumped because Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal of Hanibal is dead on perfect. The other actors also do a damn fine job, but Mads manages to bring some serious menace to a character that has gotten more and more hammy as the more movies were made about him. Of course the first season ended with Spoiler Will Gram in prison and Hannibal firmly in control with really only one person believing in Gram. This season they'll have to fight to free Will while Hannibal runs pretty much wild. I'm sure there will be plenty of questionable but delicious looking dishes and lots of inventive new killers to add to the body count as Hannibal plays everyone around him with consummate skill.