Hannibal Lecter will continue to “eat the rude” for another year on NBC: after weeks of speculation, the freshman drama series has been renewed for a second season.
Though Hannibal’s first season has not boasted spectacular ratings, its audience has remained consistent since the series premiere in early April. It has also garnered critical praise and a passionate fanbase: viewers have been campaigning for a second season to compensate for the show’s lackluster ratings.
It appears their dedication has paid off. With a thirteen-episode order, fans are guaranteed another season of the critically acclaimed drama, likely to premiere at midseason.
“There are many great stories still to be told,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement, echoing show-runner Bryan Fuller’s enthusiasm about the show’s future. Fuller has already revealed some of his plans for season two, including introducing Pushing Daisies alum Lee Pace as another of Thomas Harris’ iconic characters.
Three episodes remain in the series’ freshman season, which Fuller has said ends on a “huge cliffhanger.” Viewers can rest easy knowing that a second season will offer a chance at closure—and, undoubtedly, more of Dr. Lecter’s famous dinner parties.
Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10 PM on NBC.