If you are a fan of sophisticated cannibals or the mind games they play with their victims and allies, Netflix is bringing you the main dish! The streaming giant will be airing all three seasons of Bryan Fuller's acclaimed TV show Hannibal, starting from June 5. The news was announced by the Twitter handle @seewhatsnext to rapturous applause from fans.

All three seasons of @BryanFuller's bloody brilliant #Hannibal will be available on Netflix in The US starting June 5.
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The show is a reimagining of the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who shot to fame as one of the most diabolical villains in film history with Silence of the Lambs, based on the novel of the same name. Anthony Hopkins stole the show as Lecter, a convicted cannibal who affects a sophisticated facade to hide a brutal, callous nature as he assists FBI trainee Clarice Starling in hunting down the serial killer Bill the Butcher.

The popularity of the character led to three seasons of Hannibal, which showcased Hannibal earlier in his career before his criminal predilections had come to light. The series explored the relationship between Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen, and FBI investigator Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, as the latter seeks the former's help on a number of criminal cases, and in the process experiences a mounting suspicion that Doctor Lecter is not the innocent man of knowledge he purports to be.

The show was met with great critical acclaim for its visual style and the performance of the lead actors. Despite ending abruptly after its third season due to low ratings, it has developed a cult following since, and news of the release of all three seasons on Netflix is sure to bring great joy to fans.

There was a strong online movement to have the show reinstated for a fourth season to finish the various storylines satisfactorily. With Netflix now involved, fans are hoping the company will greenlight the fourth season once the popularity of the show is proven on their platform.

If the Fourth season does come to pass, Fuller has previously spoken about his desire to cover the events of Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon in detail, and explore more deeply the tempestuous relationship between Will and Hannibal. Unfortunately, the recent announcement of a separate Silence of the Lambs spinoff titled Clarice, where actress Rebecca Breeds plays the titular role of FBI agent Clarice Starling who tangled with Lecter might throw a spanner into any new plans for fresh seasons of Hannibal that are being considered.

At least fans can revisit the original three seasons of the show, which shot its lead actor Mikkelsen into the limelight. The actor has expressed an interest in returning to the world of Hannibal should circumstances allow it, but for now, he is gearing up for upcoming science-fiction movie Chaos Walking opposite Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, based on the 2008 novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Neeraj Chand