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The One Gruesome “Hannibal” Death Scene That NBC Did Not Allow

While they may have cancelled the show after just three seasons, one has to commend NBC for even allowing “Hannibal” to go on for that long. Despite the ratings never being all that impressive, the network stuck with the show for three seasons, allowing some of the most insane carnage we’ve ever seen on the small screen.

But NBC wasn’t on board with *everything* the writers dreamed up.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, creator Bryan Fuller just revealed the Season 1 death scene that the network didn’t go for. In Episode 11 of the first season, titled “Rôti,” Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) gives psychiatrist Paul Carruthers a “Colombian necktie,” slitting his throat and pulling his tongue through the gaping wound.

But that wasn’t the originally scripted death for Carruthers.

EW explains, “Originally the plan was for Gideon to lure tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds to a psychiatrist’s office, where she would flip a light switch, unwittingly activating a ceiling fan that was attached to an incision in the living doctor’s abdomen.”

[It] essentially disembowels him by spinning the fan, all in one fell swoop,” Fuller told the site, “That was the only one where NBC was like, ‘I just don’t know how you’re going to do it.’ We would have pushed back if we also hadn’t been told that financially we didn’t know how we could afford to produce such a gag, because you have intestines swinging around a ceiling fan.”

EW was even provided with a gory illustration of the unfilmed death scene!



  • ClarkNova4

    Damn, that would have been a great scene 🙁

  • Jay Bennett

    Damn, I miss this show so much, but I guess its better than it going for years slowly decreasing in quality

  • This is one of my all time favourite shows. This death sounds gruesome, but that top image is even more so.

  • J Jett

    i think i prefer the actual episodes “neck tie” kill. IMO it’s more horrific.

  • IBelievePhonies

    Didn’t Bryan Fuller say he was in talks with NBC series return and yeah I give NBC credit for how gory the series was for basic network TV been some time for such network to test boundaries.

  • Evan3

    This is a fantastic Haloween treat.

  • Brad Tyler

    I seriously hope they do get to return. Hannibal is by far one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen. Mads was outstanding as Hannibal (sorry, Anthony, you were amazing/iconic but I think Mads did it better).

  • HavØrret

    Can’t netflix pick it up?

  • AdamX

    So a Saw style pull/push this thing for bad times type of deal, still looks beautiful in art form though.

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