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[TV] “Hannibal” Not Airing 4th Episode Due To Boston Bombings, Cultural Climate

You’re going to have to wait a while to see episode 1.04 of NBC’s “Hannibal”, “Coquilles.” Per Variety, the episode – which features “Molly Shannon’s character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children” – has been pulled from NBC’s schedule at Fuller’s request.

Fuller explained that he felt the cultural climate in the country just wasn’t right at the time, “I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience. Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’ With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode… It was my own sensitivity.” Another factor here was apparently Sandy Hook’s re-emergence in the news this week (victim’s parents were in the stands at the Boston Marathon and a gun bill inspired by the tragedy was voted down), and it’s important to note that this episode was shot before that tragedy even took place.

Apparently, you’ll still totally be able to follow Episode 5 despite not seeing Episode 4 (it wasn’t sent to critics, but eps 3 and 5 were). Also, NBC and Fuller will help bridge the gap by providing a package of clips from the show online that trace the character aspects of the episode with commentary from Fuller. I imagine we’ll be seeing this one on Blu or DVD (it’s also airing overseas).

“Hannibal” airs at 10/9c on Thursdays.



  • djblack1313

    this sucks. this ep looks really good! i could understand them pulling the ep if it involved bombs/bombings but it doesn’t.

  • EvanDickson

    I think it’s more of the Sandy Hook thing

  • Uncle-Spook

    This is fucking gay as shit.

  • divisionbell

    Ok this is just painfully stupid…

  • MindVortex

    The episode was missing from the critic’s screener package which was sent in March. In other words, the episode was already being hidden BEFORE the Boston bombing.

  • huntermc

    “It’s also airing overseas” Thank god for bittorrent!

  • dr.lamb

    Hopefully this is not the episode with the “corpse angels”, I was reeeallly waiting for that one.

    • weresmurf

      Indeed, had no idea about the kids ones but the corpse angels one looks *sick*

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  • STRIK9

    That’s some weak ass shit. People are too sensitive. What does 2 islamic fucksticks blowing a bomb off have to do with a tv show that was shot before the incident?

    • wildgator25

      I totally agree with you Strik9. Anyone who is that fucking sensitive that a televised drama reenacting scripted events that have nothing to do with current events needs to stop watching TV. PERIOD!

      I posted something after The Walking Dead Episode 1 premiered back in October of 2010. This was around the time of the big earthquake in Haiti. When Rick walked out of the hospital and saw all of the body bags, I thought “Hmmm, I wonder if anyone who has family or friends in Haiti would find this upsetting?” Especially after every time you turn CNN, HLN, Fox News, MSNBC, local news, etc., you see them SHOWING FOOTAGE OF DEAD BODIES BESIDE THE DAMN ROAD!

      Why should people… who watch the news where these events are displayed non-stop for ratings, shock value, whatever… complain about watching a Prime Time TV show that they have the fucking option of turning the channel?? This is why I hate getting vested in watching National TV… they are apt to do shit like this just to be PC.

      Thank goodness for torrents!

  • HorrorFancy


    “Also, NBC and Fuller will help bridge the gap by providing a package of clips from the show online that trace the character aspects of the episode with commentary from Fuller.”

    That is exactly what I want to watch — a bunch of cheap spoilers instead of the full episode. No, thank you.

    Will the US officially be one episode behind international viewership then? Or is the US just not getting ‘Hannibal’ next week? I’ll be watching episode 4, or 4 and 5 anyway next week.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Can you give us a heads up whenever this episode becomes available online? Ugh, I’m so tired of the US telling us what we can and can’t watch. It really pisses me off.

    • Josh

      It’s still playing outside of the U.S.

  • kopas13

    any victims or v-families are ready to watch Hannibal? I think tired of the shit already..must be politically correct via verbal/audio etc.. watching TV is a choice..when tuning in to a show like Hannibal, what does one expect? The Hail Mary or perhaps a little lamb following some kid to frigging school? WTF…ugh

  • Ryan Daley

    If Hannibal was on HBO this wouldn’t be an issue. NBC is just worried about losing their adult diaper and diabetes medication sponsors.

    • Josh

      It was Fuller who pulled the episode.

  • Introverted Surd

    I really hate when people cut or censor something due to a tragic act of violence commited months after it was filmed. If hannibal was just filming this episode then they should stop but it was already filmed. It happened with gangster squad as well because of the dark knight shootings and I understand that people think its tasteless but this came first and i’m afraid that it will go as far as recalling something already out in the future.

    • Introverted Surd

      Woops, disregard my rant, only just read that it is still airing overseas and living in Australia this no longer effects me.

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