FANNIBAL: What does Bryan Fuller say? Do we see Hannibal's romantic side at all?
FULLER: Oh, yeah, we absolutely are going to go there. There are two distinct flirtations that we’re playing with, and the intention is absolutely to go there with his character. I imagine he would be a fantastic lover. Mads and I have talked quite a bit about how Hannibal loves beautiful things, so he would love women and he would love a woman’s spirit. Unless she’s an asshole, she’s not in danger. So, that is absolutely going to be in the cards. I’m excited for those stories and the opportunity to see that other side of the character. We will see him in romantic situation, not necessarily in the first season, but the players are all set up in the first season.
FANNIBAL: What does Bryan think about the chemistry between Gillian Anderson and Mads Mikkelsen then?
FULLER: ... Hannibal Lecter is her [Bedelia's] only patient because she retired and he is the only one who ignored her retirement. They have a very specific relationship around an event that we will explore over the course of the season, in a very subtle way, keying up a bigger story for them, down the road. What’s fascinating for me about having those actors in a scene is that they each have an icy control to them, but they’re both very sexy. You have these two cool, sexy people in an environment where they are talking about intimacy and deepest thoughts, so there’s this sexual tension that vibrates under their scenes, in a really nice way.
FANNIBAL: Surely Mads agrees with him. Does he say anything about her too?
(hell yeah he does)
MIKKELSEN: [jokingly characterizes their interaction as] “very kinky, but very interesting.”There is a strange chemistry going on there. And there is definitely something that has happened between those two that we will know later… we’re not really dealing with it yet, but you know it’s there.
FANNIBAL: Surely, given that players are all set up for season 2 Hannibal romance ( 2 distinct flirtations apparently) one does not simply ignore that crazy chemistry between the two. Now I am wondering who will be the other flirtation? Freddie, Abigail (if she's not gutted by Hannibal of course), or Alana (well isn't she Will's sweetheart?) ?