NBC Pulls Hannibal Episode in Light of Recent Events

Jason McDonald

Obviously there’s been quite a few tragic events happening here in the states recently.  And I think we can all agree that this isn’t the place to discuss such heavy topics.  You come here for escapist fun and I come here to try and entertain you with news about horror.  However, sometimes the real world bleeds into our entertainment and the two have to acknowledge each other from time to time.

The upcoming episode of Hannibal is one such case.  If you were to look at the schedule of episodes to be shown, you would notice that this week’s episode was number three and next week is number five.  What happened to number four?  Well, Bryan Fuller (executive producer/writer) called NBC and requested that the episode not be aired.  He explained the whole situation in an interview with Variety.

Given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.  I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience.  Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. … It was my own sensitivity.

The episode originally slated to air next week featured children being brainwashed to kill their own families.  Bryan says that the Sandy Hook shooting from last december and recent events played a heavy role in his decision.

Despite the overarching narrative of the show, NBC says that the missing episode won’t disrupt the current story arc.  There are no plans to show the episode in the near future and it’s quite possible that it wont show up until the show is put on DVD.



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      1. bob101910 April 20, 2013 at 3:55 am

        The plot for this episode sounds interesting. I wish he would’ve just asked for it to be delayed with a warning message before the show instead of pulled completely. I thought the show was supposed to be disturbing. If people cannot separate real life from a tv show, then they shouldn’t be watching.

      2. Chuva April 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

        Pandering. I don’t watch the show, but still. Kids being brainwashed to kill their families has what in common with some assholes blowing up a marathon? Pandering.

        • Herner Klenthur April 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

          There was a study done that showed that violence on the small screen does not impact violence in society so I understand their desire to be sensitive but I am curious what was in the episode that made them think it was bad taste to air it.