If you have been following NBC's "Hannibal" then you may remember hearing of an upcoming episode titled 'Ceuf', in which a group of missing children are brainwashed into killing their families, which was scheduled to air this week. Instead we received a promo for an episode titled 'Coquilles', which caused some confusion. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, NBC and producer Bryan Fuller had made the decision to pull the episode titled 'Ceuf' and instead skip ahead to episode five. The decision, which may just as much to do with the Sandy Hook shootings, came after exec producer Bryan Fuller phoned the network to express his concern about the content of the episode which involves children-on-children murder.
Now TVLine is reporting that NBC has decided to take the fourth episode and repackage it as an online web series called “Cannibalized.” It doesn’t sound like the full episode will be featured, but rather short clips that will help bridge the narrative gap between episode three and five. In a statement, Fuller explained the importance of getting this web series out there, stating that episode four...
“details the relationship between Hannibal Lector and Abigail Hobbs, played by Kacey Rohl. As the series goes on, this relationship gets much more complicated and becomes a load-bearing element of our storytelling. So we wanted to make sure that you have all the scenes to follow the story along.”
We have the first part of the web-series below, with subsequent episodes set to stream on NBC's website.
"Hannibal" airs on NBC at 10/9c Thursdays.