Missing Hannibal Episode Goes Online

Jason McDonald

Last week we told you that NBC and Bryan Fuller had decided to not air the fourth episode of Hannibal this week and instead to skip to number five.  This was done for a number of reasons, but mostly because Bryan felt that it would be insensitive to air the episode at this time.

Now TVLine is reporting that NBC has decided to take the fourth episode and repackage it as an online web series called “Cannibalized.”  It doesn’t sound like the full episode will be featured, but rather short clips that will help bridge the narrative gap between episode three and five.  In a statement, Fuller explained the importance of getting this web series out there:

[Episode 4] details the relationship between Hannibal Lector and Abigail Hobbs, played by Kacey Rohl. As the series goes on, this relationship gets much more complicated and becomes a load-bearing element of our storytelling. So we wanted to make sure that you have all the scenes to follow the story along.

You can see the first webisode right now on TVline, which features a therapy session between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter.  Subsequent clips will appear on the official website.



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      1. bob101910 April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        The comments in the link you posted said that it would still be aired outside of the U.S. (they don’t have sources though). If that’s true, then the full episode should be online in the next few weeks (don’t know when the show airs outside of the U.S.)

      2. Lada April 27, 2013 at 2:28 am

        The show is only an episode or two behind in Australia, so we will just have to wait and see.

      3. Don Ry April 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

        It’s been getting advertised for ‘Sky Living’ over here in the U.K, so we’ll have it in about 4-5 weeks. I’m really digging the show, so this presents quite a pickle for me. Obviously, NBC previously stated that removing the episode would not mess with the narrative/story arc. This news proves that statement to be worthless. Is it really worth watching a series of “talking head” scenes to bridge the gap? For me, it’d be like eating KFC without the gravy. Just release the bloody episode online with a disclaimer. Job’s a good’un.