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In a move that surprised no one but saddened many, including myself, NBC has pulled the plug on Hannibal after three seasons of suspense, ghastly opulent deaths, thinly veiled homoerotic friendship, cannibalism, exquisite photography, and unparalleled art and sound design.

Variety reported the news earlier today, setting off a firestorm on social media channels among the show's "small" (for a major network) but devoted group of "Fannibals," the diehard fans devoted to the show. For the record, #FuckyouNBC is beginning to trend on Facebook, and there is already a Change.org petition

Season three of Hannibal finds the titular character (played by always-suave Mads Mikkelsen) with his psychiatrist and possible accomplice Bedelia du Maurier (the wonderful genre stalwart Gillian Anderson) on the lam in Italy and France after season two's bloody denouement. Undoubtedly, low ratings are the cause of the trouble. Episode two of season three brought in 1.66 million viewers, playing against the NBA finals, no less, which was a marked drop from the premiere's healthy 2.57 million viewers.

However, Hannibal may yet get to meet Clarice via the small screen revival: executive producer Martha De Laurentiis confirmed that a resurrection is a possibility. She told BuzzFeed News:

NBC has been a wonderful home for three seasons of Hannibal, and we still have 10 mind-blowing episodes taking Hannibal and Will into uncharted terrain," wrote de Laurentiis. "We believe that after they air, audiences' hunger for the fourth chapter of this saga will be incredible, and are presently exploring other distribution options with our creative team and our partners at Gaumont Television.

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