I really enjoyed Bates Motel Season 2, and I am loving the slow character development of Norman Bates (played superbly by Freddie Highmore) as he slowly but surely turn into the Psycho we all know.
The very first teaser for Season 3 has now been released by A&E, and in it we see Norman spying on a new resident at Bates Motel, Annika (Tracy Spiradakos). She will be playing some sort of love interest/obsession for Norman.
What’s interesting about the teaser is this is the first time we have seen Norman appear to be enjoying his dark side, and A&E have even promised that Season 3 will see Norman head down a very dark path.
Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell all return, and new faces include Spiradakos, Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men”), and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Bates Motel Season 3 returns to A&E in March.
Hannibal Season 3:
A casting shift has taken place for the return of Hannibal, which is expected to be back on our screens in late Spring. TVLine reported the news:
Michael Pitt has chosen not to return to the role of Mason Verger, and Joe Anderson has stepped in as his replacement.
The actor, who played sociopathic meat-packing magnate Mason Verger in Season 2, is not returning to the series and will be replaced by Joe Anderson (The Divide, The River), TVLine has learned exclusively.
The decision not to return was Pitt’s, according to sources.
The recast comes at a fairly convenient time in Mason’s story arc: When we last saw him, he was under the influence of Dr. Lecter’s hallucinogenic drugs, and being led by the titular serial killer to carve off chunks of his own face to feed to himself and nemesis Will Graham’s dogs.
Anderson has now posted a photo of himself in full Mason Verger makeup:
Back in July series creator Bryan Fuller revealed loads of details on the returning series, which went out with an almighty, violent bang at the end of series 2:
Turns out the next season will be split into two, as Fuller explained:
“We are on track with the original plan with the one exception of condensing what was to have been Season 3 and Season 4 all into one season now,” he says. “So, the first half of the season will have its finale that reaches a climax and wraps up that story in a great way, and then we start a new story, and then that will have its own climax at the end of the season. Two separate stories that’ll have two finales and so you get two seasons for the price of one.”
Fuller explained that the FBI will not be as prominent in the new series: “The entire first half of the season is relatively FBI-light. It’s all about the pursuit of Hannibal,”
Fuller also talked about new characters who will be appearing in the new series, which will follow the Red Dragon storyline:
“There’s a run of episodes where we have quite a few cool characters coming from the literature,” said Fuller. “So, in the second episode, we introduce Commander Apache, who was played by Giancarlo Giannini in the Ridley Scott film, in episode 3, we introduce Lady Murasaki and in episode 4, we introduce Cordell,” Fuller notes. “There’s going to be a lot of fun Easter eggs for those who are big fans of the books, knowing that those characters are going to be leaping from the page onto their television screen,” he adds with the hope that the show’s fans enjoy the process as much as the result”
Fuller promised Season 3 would introduce new characters from the Hannibal canon including Francis Dolarhyde (in episode 8), Lady Murasaki (who will “kick all sorts of ass”) and Commander Pazzi.
While discussing returning characters, Fuller confirmed that Dr. Chilton would be back in Season 3, even though he took a bullet in the face in Season 2. “Chilton’s like a weeble wobble. You shoot him in the face, and he just comes right back,” said Raul Esparza (who played Chilton). “I told Bryan I expect him next season to have an eyepatch, a hump, and a parrot.”
Fuller also revealed that Eddie Izzard would be reappearing next season as Dr. Gideon — though unlike Chilton, he’s dead for real. “He got et,” said Fuller. Also returning is Kacey Rohl as Abigail. “It would be a lot of fun to do an episode in Season 3 that explains where she was and what she was doing,” said Fuller. “She will be a part of Season 3. We will see the actress again.”
At Comic-Con, bad news was broken to one fan that Barney was still owned by MGM, along with Clarice Starling. The showrunner reassured fans that he and his team would engage in a “full court press” for the Clarice rights. Should that fail, he pointed out, they could always do “Schmarice Schmarling.”
Moving on, Fuller also verified rumors that Season 3 picks up a year after Season 2 “because we want to be very vague with who survived that bloody, bloody night, and because we wanted to land the characters in a place where they were active.” He continued:
“It was very intentional that we wanted to take a space, land Hannibal and Bedelia, because the first episode is very much a pilot for a new series starring Gillian Anderson and Mads Mikkelsen. It was important for us to have a passage of time so we could come into their story at the most dramatic point, and episode 4 will detail what happened between the season 2 finale and the events of season 3. We’re telling the story emotionally as opposed to temporally”
In October, TVLine reported that Season 3 of Hannibal will introduce a new recurring character named Cordell, the “quiet, very intelligent and definitely creepy” personal doctor to Mason. The late-thirtysomething character is described as “attentive and gentle with Mason, a professional who cares about his work, but we get a sense he might be as sadistic as his boss — and a perfect fit to become his potential henchman.”
In September it was revealed that Gillian Anderson’s character, psychiatrist Bedelia du Maurier, had been upped to series regular.
“The cast and crew of Hannibal are positively giddy to be welcoming Gillian to Season 3 as a series regular,” Fuller told TVLine in an exclusive statement. “A striking presence on stage and screen, she brings wit, grace and intelligence to every role she embodies. Screenwriting is so much easier when you’re inspired by a great actor and Gillian has filled the Hannibal writers room with wonderful inspiration. I can’t wait for audiences to see her make a bigger meal out of the Cannibal than ever before.”
The Season 2 finale set the stage for Bedelia to play a more significant role in the show’s third season — something exec producer Bryan Fuller confirmed over the summer at Comic-Con.
The season opener will pick up one year after Hannibal and Bedelia were seen jetting off to Europe, and feel like “a pilot for a new series starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson,” Fulller previewed to huge applause.