The third season of the television series Hannibal picks up where the second left off, and we see Hannibal and Bedelia Du Maurier relocate to Europe, where Dr. Lecter resumes his murderous reign. This season ditches any attempt to make stand alone episodes that were more prevalent earlier in the series, especially the first season. Series creator Bryan Fuller explains in an interview with Roger Ebert:

“This season has jettisoned the traditional crime procedural storytelling element entirely. I’ve never seen “Hannibal” as a crime story as much as I have a romantic horror story. When we got to the second season, we were picked up more for its fan base and critical acclaim, and so there was greater leniency and trust in how we were going to tell the story. By the time we got through the second season, we had the network’s trust. We laid down exactly where we were going to go and no one blinked.”

Gillian Anderson’s character, Bedelia Du Maurier, expands this season as we follow the pair in their misadventures. Dr. Lecter’s old habits and opulent tastes are still on display as he settles into a new identity and life in Florence, Italy. Throught the season Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Mason Verger, and Alana Bloom all attempt to track down Dr. Lector across Europe; from Italy to Lithuania. For this season Bryan Fuller has taken three of the four Hannibal novels and made a smorgasbord of the mythology to comprise the series return.

“Originally, the intention was to be in Italy the entire season, and that was not realistic for our production model. It would have involved some water-treading in terms of the storytelling. Condensing what was the planned season 3 and 4 into one season actually made it much stronger. Condensing both of those arcs gives us a creative drive to the storytelling that you don’t always get. There’s two climaxes to the season. The storytelling feels tighter.”

Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC. Watch a preview of the third season below: