Before Dr. Hannibal Lecter came onto our radar via Silence of the Lambs he was a profiler working with the FBI. The gifted psychiatrist had the incredible ability of getting inside the minds of serial killers and helping out with their tracking down and eventual capture. Dr. Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelson) works in tandem with equally brilliant but more visibly disturbed Professor Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy). Will Graham is great at what he does in that he has a rather unique ability to get into the minds of the killers really empathizing with them; he thinks as the killers do. Working together they become an infallible tandem.
Episode 1: Aperitif: Jack Crawford (played by Laurence Fishburne), the head of the FBIs Behavioural Sciences division, asks Will Graham to help him capture a killer who has targeted college girls. He teams Will up with psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Episode 2: Amuse-Bouche: The bond between Will and Hannibal is growing. The two work on a case involving a serial killer who buries his victims alive.
Episode 3: Potage: Jack begins to believe that Abigail (played by Kacey Rohl) might have helped her father with his killings. Hannibal brings Abigail back to Minnesota.
Episode 4: Coquilles: Hannibal attempts to drive a wedge between Will and Jack. Jack’s wife Bella (played by Gina Torres) starts seeing Dr. Lecter to help her deal with her dying.
Episode 5: Entrée: A former colleague of Jack’s, Dr. Chilton (played by Raul Esparza), calls him in reference to Chesapeake Ripper and then the waters are muddied even further when a copycat murder happens. Miriam (played by Anna Chlumsky), Jack’s former protégé, becomes the next target.
Episode 6: Sorbet: Jack thinks the Chesapeake Ripper might be back. Will begins to have dreams with himself as a killer.
Episode 7: Fromage: Hannibal realizes that the latest killer is trying to get his attention. Wanting some peace and quiet vis-à-vis what is going on in his head, Will gets romantic with Alana (played by Caroline Dhavernas).
Episode 8: Trou Normand: The BAU team is working on a case involving a killer who uses his victims’ bodies to construct a totem pole. When Nick Boyle’s (played by Mark Rendall) body is found Abigail is questioned.
Episode 9: Buffet Froid: Will believes he is responsible for a murder so he deliberately contaminates the crime scene. Hannibal feeds Will’s fears causing Will to ask Dr. Sutcliffe (played by John Benjamin Hickey) to run more tests.
Episode 10: Rôti: Dr. Gideon (played by Eddie Izzard) has escaped and plots to kill all the psychiatrists that treated him. Hannibal plots to get Will in the same room as Gideon.
Episode 11: Relevés: After an explosion that causes a death Will insists the Copy Cat Killer is still alive. The BAU team plans to arrest Abigail as an accessory to the Minnesota Shrike murders.
Episode 12: Savoureux: When Will returns from Minnesota without Abigail Hannibal turns him in. Will is then arrested after some evidence turns up pointing to him as the Copy Cat Killer.
Special Features: Pilot Episode Storyboards, Hannibal Reborn, A Taste for Killing, Gag Reel, A Symphony for Slaughter, The FX of Murder, Will and Alana – Deleted Scene