I can’t say that this news really surprises me that much.  While Hannibal was certainly ground breaking and one of the most well written and produced shows on TV – it wasn’t for everyone and this third season has been off to a very slow start.  With all that in mind the news dropped today that NBC has announced that season three will be the last – at least on NBC.

From NBC:

“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons,” the network announced in a statement. “Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”

Showrunner Bryan Fuller comments:

“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”

The shows production company The De Laurentiis Company tweeted that they were “exploring other options for future seasons,” and that “others have expressed interest in partnering with us.”  I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Hannibal, Will and the gang.