While Gillian Anderson only appeared a few times in Hannibal: Season 2, they were highly notable appearances – first, as her character, Bedelia, chose to flee, when it looked like Hannibal was going to kill her. And then in the shocking final scene of the season, when Bedelia calmly sat with Hannibal on an airplane, seemingly in a close rapport with the man who’d just left so much carnage behind him.
With Season 3 of Hannibal here, Anderson will be seen much more, as she joins the show as a series regular and we follow Hannibal and Bedelia’s new life in Italy. While she had to keep her secrets about what’s to come, Anderson didn’t hold back on what she thought of the events last year, describing them as, “Awesome. Really, really awesome.”
However, it was difficult to actually pull off filming them. The very busy Anderson was juggling two other TV shows last year, NBC’s now-cancelled Crisis and her ongoing BBC/Netflix series, The Fall, which meant a lot of juggling had to happen for her to film all of her scenes for Hannibal: Season 2 in one fell swoop.
Explained Anderson, “I knew it was something that Bryan [Fuller] really wanted to make happen. There was a chance we weren’t going to be able to do it with my other commitments. And once I heard that that’s what his plan was, I was determined. I ended up… I think I was between [filming] Crisis and the Fall. I was in Northern Ireland and flown to Chicago. I flew on a Saturday morning to shoot six hours of Hannibal, all those scenes, and then left to fly to London to shoot The Fall the next day. But it enabled us to set up how a good portion of the next season has gone. It’s cool!”
As for her reaction to learning more about Bedelia’s motivations in Season 3, Anderson said it has been, “So exciting and such an interesting dynamic between the two of them and shifting and changing all the time but still with big question marks. It’s so tantalizing. There’s something so tantalizing about what it could be and where it could go and what it all means. What does she think is going on and does she know everything and is she complicit and all of that which is always fabulous for dramatic tension.”