Hannibal (2013–2015)
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A nurse at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is brutally murdered by a patient, Dr. Abel Gideon, in a manner reminiscent of the "Chesapeake Ripper", who hasn't ... See full summary »


Michael Rymer


Bryan Fuller (developed for television by), Thomas Harris (based on characters from the book "Red Dragon" by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
Hugh Dancy ... Will Graham
Mads Mikkelsen ... Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Caroline Dhavernas ... Dr. Alana Bloom
Hettienne Park ... Beverly Katz
Laurence Fishburne ... Jack Crawford
Eddie Izzard ... Dr. Abel Gideon
Raúl Esparza ... Dr. Frederick Chilton (as Raul Esparza)
Scott Thompson ... Jimmy Price
Aaron Abrams ... Brian Zeller
Anna Chlumsky ... Miriam Lass
Lara Jean Chorostecki ... Freddie Lounds
Mark Waters ... Hospital Security
Darrin Brown Darrin Brown ... Inmate #1
Earl-Antham Chrysostom Earl-Antham Chrysostom ... Inmate #2
Ana Shepherd ... Nurse Shell


A nurse at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is brutally murdered by a patient, Dr. Abel Gideon, in a manner reminiscent of the "Chesapeake Ripper", who hasn't committed a murder in two years, the same number of years Gideon has been incarcerated. While Graham tries to discover whether Gideon truly is the Ripper, Crawford receives a phone call, apparently from the real Ripper, who plays the recorded voice of Miriam Lass, a trainee Crawford had consulting on the Chesapeake Ripper case two years previously when she suddenly disappeared. Written by wiki

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Release Date:

2 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) serves Dr. Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) the tongue from a lamb, and he mentions that it was a "particularly chatty one". Removing the lamb's tongue would have rendered it silent, a clear in-joke to The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the movie that the character Hannibal is most famous for. See more »


Agent Lass states that the Chesapeake Ripper took from a victim, among other things, the thymus. The thymus is a gland that is part of the immune system, and atrophies from birth. By adulthood, it's little more than a nondescript fat nodule just above the heart. There would be no point in taking it, and even identifying it would be tricky. See more »


Will Graham: What effect were you hoping to have by killing the night nurse?
Dr. Abel Gideon: The effect I was hoping to have was her death. Mission accomplished.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Mads Mikkelsen
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Thr best episode thus far!
30 December 2013 | by A_VoiceSee all my reviews

Yes I find the interactions between Will and Hannibal more intersecting than the mysteries of serial killers. But this episode was a brilliant exception. Not only we see some commendable performances we have a nail biting mystery involving an infamous Chesapeake Ripper (We all know who that is!).

Dr. Gideon after faking his illness kills the nurse assigned to him in a similar way to another inactive serial killer known as the Chesapeake Ripper. As to if is the actual alias or not is yet to be discovered.

Just as the novels' version of Chesapeake Ripper and how he was caught, there is a certain level of similarity in the episode. The identity of Chesapeake Ripper is unchanged where as the first person to know about him has changed, although in the similar manner as it was staged in the novels. A new character is introduced namely Miriam, who is a spiting image of Clarice. The character also brings in the soft side of stone hard Jack Crawford. It was pretty humorous to see Dr. bloom, Crawford and Graham in female Freddy Lounds office.

Their is relatively a low amount of Will Graham in the episode as it generally revolves around Jack's relation with Miriam, and the Chesapeake Ripper. This episode also stages the first actual killing process being shown (barring injuring Abigail). Some brilliant piece of writing and a well intended pun in Lector's conversation, "Don't give me ideas Mr. Chilton". Also it was pretty nostalgic to see the Baltimore State Hospital and Dr. Chilton.

Direction: Excellent.

Script/Story: Witty, gripping and strong. Also something different from the usual.

Acting: A surprise to see a grown up "My Girl" Anna Chlumsky, who fits in the role perfectly. Lawrence stands out as more and more script is offered to him. Mads is awesome.

Music: Insanely beautiful.

A treat of an episode, very enjoyable.

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