WARNING: These episode summaries have 
massive *SPOILERS* in them


Season 1. "The Bromance"

Episode 1. Apéritif, directed by David Slade, written by Bryan Fuller

SERIES PREMIERE – A STRING OF BRUTAL MURDERS BRINGS WILL GRAHAM BACK TO THE FBI AND BEGINS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH DR. HANNIBAL LECTER – When the FBI takes on a case of disappearing college girls, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) recruits Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), a gifted criminal profiler with a unique view into the psyche of serial killers, to consult. Jack also seeks the help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a brilliant psychiatrist, who, unbeknownst to him, is not only one of the most successful serial killers of all time, but also a cannibal. After a copycat strikes, Will and Hannibal join forces to track down the culprit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also star.

Episode 2. Amuse-Bouche, directed by Michael Rymer, Written by Jim Danger Gray

WILL FACES A NEW CASE AFTER A BIZARRE DISCOVERY IN THE WOODS – Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), now an official special investigator with the FBI, helps Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and the BAU unit search for a murderer who buries his victims alive to grow mushrooms. In their therapy sessions, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) begins to gain Will’s trust as they bond over responsibility for Abigail (guest star Kacey Rohl), and helps Will open up about his true feelings about killing Hobbs. Meanwhile, Freddie Lounds (guest star Lara Jean Chorostecki) snoops around the BAU’s investigation. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also star.


Episode 3. Potage, directed by David Slade, Teleplay By: David Fury & Chris Brancato & Bryan Fuller, Story By: David Fury

HANNIBAL HIDES A SECRET FROM JACK BUT NOT WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES - Jack (Laurence Fishburne) theorizes that Abigail (Kacey Rohl) may have aided her father, Garret Jacob Hobbs (Vladimir Cubrt), in his serial killings. Against Dr. Alana Bloom's (Caroline Dhavernas) advice, but at Hannibal's (Mads Mikkelsen) behest, Abigail is escorted back to Minnesota, where she discovers much violent hostility against her and her family. Things go from bad to worse when a copycat killer murders a friend of Abigail. Hannibal suggests they hide the body to protect Abigail — but secrets come at a cost. Also starring Hugh Dancy, Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, and Scott Thompson.


Episode 4. Ceuf, directed by Peter Medak,


WILL MAKES A CHILLING DISCOVERY ABOUT CHILDREN AND HANNIBAL GOES AGAINST A DOCTOR’S ADVICE – A string of family murders takes place and Will (Hugh Dancy) determines they were conducted by each of the families’ missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families for their sinister “new family.” Against Alana’s (Caroline Dhavernas) recommendation, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelson) checks Abigail (Kacey Rohl) out of the hospital for some frightening psychiatric practices that ultimately align her loyalty with him. Molly Shannon and Gina Torres guest star.  


Episode 5. Coquilles, directed by Guillermo Navarro

WILL GRAHAM AND THE BAU TEAM TRACK A SERIAL KILLER WHOSE BLOODY RITUAL INCLUDES CUTTING THE VICTIMS’ BACK FLESH AND STRETCHING IT TO LOOK LIKE ANGEL WINGS - Returning to the field weighs heavily on Will’s psyche and Hannibal (Mads Miikkelsen) tries to drive a wedge between Will and Jack (Laurence Fishburne). Meanwhile, Jack Crawford’s wife Bella (Gina Torres) pulls away from him and begins seeing Hannibal as her therapist, in an effort to come to terms with the fact she is dying. Beverly (Hettienne Park) tries to connect with Will on a more personal level. Also starring Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson. 


Episode 6. Entrée, directed by Michael Rymer
A COPYCAT MURDER CONFOUNDS JACK AND COMPOUNDS HIS GRIEF OVER THE PROSPECT OF LOSING HIS WIFE, PROMPTING HIM TO SEEK HELP FROM HANNIBAL - Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) are contacted by a former colleague, Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza), who believes he has the Chesapeake Ripper in custody; but then one of his patients commits a murder that matches the Ripper's profile. The team determines the Ripper was a surgeon and is still at large when Jack’s former protégé, Miriam (Anna Chlumsky), becomes the next victim. Jack copes with her loss and the prospect of losing his wife by opening up to Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen). Lara Jean Chorostecki and Eddie Izzard guest star.

Episode 7. Sorbet,

WILL HAS NIGHTMARES OF HIMSELF AS A KILLER WHILE HANNIBAL SEES A THERAPIST OF HIS OWN AND BEGINS HIS SEDUCTION OF ALANA. – When the BAU investigates a murder involving organ removal Jack (Laurence FIshburne) believes that the Chesapeake Ripper may have resurfaced, but Will (Hugh Dancy) determines that the victim’s murder is the result of illegal organ harvesting accident. Meanwhile, Will suffers from nightmares where he is Abigail’s father, and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) slowly starts to seduce Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and begins to visit his own therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Also starring, Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson


Episode 8. Formage, directed by Tim Hunter

HANNIBAL IS FORCED TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE, WHILE WILL REACHES OUT ROMANTICALLY TO ALANA - The BAU investigates a murder in which the killer exposes the victim's vocal cords to literally play them like a cello. Meanwhile, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) discovers that the killer, Tobias, (Demore Barnes) murdered the victim as an attempt to gain Hannibal's attention but then makes an attempt to take Lecter's life. Will (Hugh Dancy) is driven to distraction by strange noises in his head and turns to Alana, in a romantic way, seeking peace and stability. Hannibal describes his relationship with Will to his therapist, Dr. Bedilia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Vladmimir Cubrt, Dan Fogler, guest.


Episode 9. Trou Normand, directed by Guillermo Navarro
A SERIAL KILLER’S MACABRE TROPHY RAISES QUESTIONS AND CLUES TO MOTIVES AS WELL AS SECRETS - The BAU team hunts a serial killer who digs up his victims, creating a totem pole of their bodies as a macabre trophy. When Nick Boyle's (Mark Rendall) body is found, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) & Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) question Abigail (Kacey Rohl) about his death. The resurrection of Nick's body enlightens Will (Hugh Dancy) to some of Abigail's secrets and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) convinces Will to keep some of his own. Attempting to assert independence, Abigail agrees to write a book with Freddy Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) and in the process, reveals her biggest secret to Hannibal.


Episode 10. Buffet Froid. directed by John Dahl

BAU EXPLORES A MURDER IN WHICH TWO VICTIMS’ FACES ARE SIMILARLY MUTILATED; GIVEN A “GLASGOW SMILE.” - For the first time, Will (Hugh Dancy) contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe, (John Benjamin Hickey) into telling Will he’s okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, “dead-looking” woman (Ellen Muth) who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered. Hilary Jardine, Krista Bridges guest.


Episode 11. Roti. directed by Guillermo Navarro

WITH DR. GIDEON ON THE LOOSE, THE BAU TEAM TRIES TO PREVENT A REVENGEFUL KILLING SPREE WITH ONE OF THEIR OWN AS A TARGET - When Dr.Gideon escapes from police custody, he seeks to kill psychiatrists who have profiled him. Will and the BAU team try to track him down by following Freddie Lounds’ blog before Gideon can get to Alana. Hannibal misleads the BAU team in order to put Will in the same room as Gideon, and Jack questions Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza) regarding Gideon’s escape. Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson.


Episode 12. Releves. directed by Michael Rymer
FOLLOWING A SHOCKING DEATH, WILL IS CERTAIN THAT THE COPY CAT KILLER IS STILL ALIVE. The BAU team connects Abigail (Kacey Rohl) to the Minnesota Shrike victims and plan to arrest her only to find Will has checked her out of the hospital. Will’s hallucinations intensify, causing him to lose Abigail in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Hannibal’s (Mads Milkkelson) subtle manipulation convinces Jack (Laurence Fishburne) that Will is capable of murder. Hannibal makes an astonishing admission to Abigail. Gillian Anderson, Lara Jean Chorostecki, guest. 


Episode 13. Savoureux, directed David Slade
WHEN WILL RETURNS FROM MINNESOTA MINUS ABIGAIL, HANNIBAL TURNS WILL IN and Jack and the BAU Team Find Strong Evidence Of Will Having Killed Not Only Abigail But Additional Evidence Points To All The Murders Of The Copy Cat Killer. Jack and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) begin to accept that Will is indeed capable of murder. Will is arrested and in a desperate attempt to escape, breaks his own thumb to slip the handcuffs and frees himself. Will takes Hannibal back to Minnesota to clear his name and to prove Hannibal’s guilt. But before he can, the situation takes another ugly and unexpected turn. Gillian Anderson guests. 

Season 2. "The Break-up"

  • Mason and Margot Verger to appear
  • Count Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki to appear  
  • Frederick Chilton to appear a lot more in Season 2


Season 3. "The Fugitive"

  • Molly Foster Graham to appear

Season 4. "Red Dragon"


  • Takes place in "The Silence of the Lambs" era

  • Takes place in "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal" era

  • Takes place in "Hannibal" era and after. Bryan Fuller says "In the seventh season it would be interesting to see Will Graham and a Clarice Starling type character come together for an adventure with their nemesis, Hannibal Lecter."


  1. I think that

    Episode 12 will be directed by Michael Rymer

    Episode 13 will be directed by David Slade

    @BryanFuller @neverdontgiveup Looking forward to doing so when I'm working on the season finale.

    Do you know in which episodes Gillian Anderson will be ? The last 3 ?

    Thank you Damian for you great blog :-)