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.