Executive producer Bryan Fuller says they stay 'very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and it's very basic outcome' and that 'not everybody survives' the slaughter.
More blood was shed in the second season finale of "Hannibal" in the showdown between the major characters that was teased in the beginning of the season. [SPOILER ALERT!] As Will (Hugh Dancy) and Jack's (Laurence Fishburne) plan to lure Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) into a trap unraveled, Jack turned in his badge and decided to take the matter into his own hands.
Learning this, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) and Will also showed up to Hannibal's house to save Jack, only to be surprised by the presence of Abigail (Kacey Rohl), who had been kept alive by Hannibal. In the end, Hannibal walked away after stabbing Will and left Jack, Alana and Abigail bleeding out in his house. Adding to the surprise was that the title character took Dr. Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) with him as he flew to France.
In an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Bryan Fuller talks about the fate of these characters which is left hanging. "We are staying very true to in the incident in the novel with Will and Hannibal and it's very basic outcome," he says, confirming that Will survives.
As for the others, he coyly says, "There's going to be an impact from what's happened here. It's safe to say that not everybody survives. Everyone that's laying their breathing could be breathing their last breaths. It doesn't go well for all of them."
The fact that Hannibal escapes with Dr. Du Maurier rises a question about what her involvement is in this. Fuller promises that the answers will be revealed in the first episode of season 3, "which will essentially function as a new pilot for a new series because everything's different."
On Hannibal and Will's relationship after the latter betrayed the serial killer, he elaborates, "The stag always represented the connection between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter. He started seeing the stag after he was first exposed to Hannibal's murder of Cassie Boyle impaled on the stag head in the field. It felt like, at that moment, the relationship that they had has died."
"Whatever comes next between them will be a fresh new hell. ... In any relationship, when you throw a fit and end a relationship in dramatic fashion, later you might be going, 'Oh, I do sort of miss them,' " he adds with a laugh. "The obsession is going to always work both ways between these two gentlemen."
"Hannibal" has been renewed for a third season, which is expected to debut in 2015 on NBC. Fuller says that the next installment "is so different and it is such a departure structurally from what we've been doing in the first two seasons."