Hannibal (TV series)
|Based on||Characters from Red Dragon
by Thomas Harris
|Developed by||Bryan Fuller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||35 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||April 4, 2013– present|
Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and focuses on the friendship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy.
The series received a 13-episode order for its first season and, unlike most U.S. network shows, all future seasons would feature 13 episodes. David Slade executive produced and directed the first episode. The series premiered on NBC on April 4, 2013. On May 9, 2014, NBC renewed Hannibal for a third season, which premiered on June 4, 2015. On June 22, 2015, NBC cancelled the series.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Production
- 4 Episodes
- 5 Broadcast
- 6 Reception
- 7 Home media releases
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Criminal profiler Will Graham is tasked by FBI agent Jack Crawford, the head of Behavioral Sciences, to help investigate the disappearances of eight young girls across Minnesota. Graham and Crawford's team investigate several subsequent murders, while also trying to catch the Chesapeake Ripper. With the investigation weighing heavily on Graham, Crawford decides to have him supervised by psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who, unbeknownst to them, is the Chesapeake Ripper himself.
Cast and characters
- Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, a gifted criminal profiler and hunter of serial killers. He visualizes himself committing the murders he investigates to understand the killers' behaviors; throughout the series, Graham's involvement with the investigations takes a toll on his psyche.
- Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, cannibalistic serial killer, and culinarian; Lecter develops a keen interest in Graham.
- Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom, a professor of psychiatry, and consultant profiler for the FBI, who has professional relationships with both Graham and Lecter. She later becomes the administrator of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
- Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI and Graham's boss.
- Hettienne Park as Special Agent Beverly Katz, a crime scene investigator specializing in fiber analysis. (seasons 1–2)
- Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Lecter's psychotherapist, who was once mysteriously attacked by one of Lecter's former patients. (recurring seasons 1–2; regular season 3)
- Scott Thompson as Special Agent Jimmy Price, M.D., a crime scene investigator specializing in latent fingerprints. (recurring season 1; also starring seasons 2–3)
- Aaron Abrams as Special Agent Brian Zeller, a crime scene investigator. (recurring season 1; also starring seasons 2–3)
- Raúl Esparza as Dr. Frederick Chilton, initially the administrator of Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and later a best-selling author. He is framed by Lecter, and as a result is falsely accused of his crimes, where is near-fatally shot by Miriam Lass.
- Kacey Rohl as Abigail Hobbs, daughter and accomplice of serial killer Garrett Jacob Hobbs, who develops a complicated father-daughter relationship with both Graham and Lecter. She is presumed dead throughout season two, with Graham regurgitating her ear. It is revealed she had been held captive by Lecter, and, after allowing her to near-fatally wound Alana Bloom, he slits her throat, killing her.
- Eddie Izzard as Dr. Abel Gideon, a surgeon institutionalized for killing his family, who is led to believe that he is the Chesapeake Ripper by Dr. Chilton. Lecter breaks Gideon out of the asylum, and, after feeding him his own legs, leaves him in Dr. Chilton's house. Gideon is found dead soon after.
- Gina Torres as Phyllis "Bella" Crawford, Jack Crawford's wife, who, throughout the first two seasons of the series is suffering from terminal lung cancer. After attempting suicide, she is revived by Lecter in order to torment Jack. She later dies in her sleep.
- Lara Jean Chorostecki as Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds, a tabloid blogger who runs the true crime website TattleCrime. She becomes obsessed with the FBI's activities during their hunt for the Chesapeake Ripper, initially believing Graham is the killer, and later faking her own death in order to provoke Lecter.
- Vladimir Jon Cubrt as Garrett Jacob Hobbs, a serial killer known as the Minnesota Shrike. He is Abigail's father and is fatally shot by Graham during the first episode of the series. He continues to haunt Graham's psyche for a significant amount of time afterwards.
- Anna Chlumsky as Miriam Lass, an FBI trainee and Jack Crawford's protégée. She mysteriously disappears while investigating the Chesapeake Ripper, and is not recovered for several years. After being brainwashed by Lecter via his use of sedatives, she is released, after which she identifies Dr. Chilton as her capture and shoots him near-fatally. (seasons 1–2)
- Katharine Isabelle as Margot Verger, one of Lecter's patients. She has suffered abuse for years at the hands of her brother, and later develops romantic relationships with both Graham and Bloom, carrying the former's child for a short time. She is instrumental in the capture of Lecter, and he takes responsibility for the murder of her brother, despite his innocence. (seasons 2–3)
- Michael Pitt (season 2) and Joe Anderson (season 3) as Mason Verger, Margot's sadistic twin brother, who does not quite see eye-to-eye with Dr. Lecter. He is instrumental in the capture of Lecter, but is wholly unpleasant to both Margot and Bloom, who later allow him to fall to his death into an eel tank.
- Cynthia Nixon as Kade Prurnell, an investigator for the Office of the Inspector General. (season 2)
- Fortunato Cerlino as Rinaldo Pazzi, an Italian inspector who teams up with Will to search for Hannibal. (season 3)
- Tao Okamoto as Chiyoh, handmaiden to Hannibal's aunt, Lady Murasaki. (season 3)
- Glenn Fleshler as Dr. Cordell Doemling, the creepy yet gentle and intelligent nurse to Mason Verger. (season 3)
- Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy due to his unsightly habit of biting the skin of his victims. (season 3)
- Nina Arianda as Molly Graham, Will's wife who helped him overcome his dark past. She continues to support Will when he is asked to return to the FBI. (season 3)
- Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane, a blind woman and love interest of Francis Dolarhyde. (season 3)
NBC began developing a Hannibal series in 2011 and former head of drama Katie O'Connell brought in her long-time friend Bryan Fuller (who had previously served as a writer-producer on NBC's Heroes) to write a pilot script in November. NBC gave the series a financial commitment before Fuller had completed his script. On February 14, 2012, NBC bypassed the pilot stage of development by giving the series a 13-episode first season based solely on the strength of Fuller's script. The series went into production quickly thereafter.
30 Days of Night director David Slade, who had previously directed the pilot for NBC's Awake, directed the first episode and serves as an executive producer. José Andrés is the series' "culinary cannibal consultant" and advises the crew on proper procedure for preparing human flesh for consumption.
Fuller discussed the limited episode order and the continuing story arc he envisions for the series. "Doing a cable model on network television gives us the opportunity not to dally in our storytelling because we have a lot of real estate to cover". Speaking specifically about the Lecter character, Fuller said, "There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He's not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn't know who he was, they wouldn't see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock's principle of suspense—show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it's going to go boom". He went on to call the relationship between Graham and Lecter as "really a love story", saying "As Hannibal has said [to Graham] in a couple of the movies, 'You're a lot more like me than you realize'. We'll get to the bottom of exactly what that means over the course of the first two seasons".
Fuller originally planned for the show to run for seven seasons: the first three consisting of original material, the fourth covering Red Dragon, the fifth The Silence of the Lambs, the sixth Hannibal, and the seventh an original storyline resolving Hannibal 's ending. However, after the conclusion of the second season, Fuller stated he now envisions the show to run six seasons, while incorporating the books into the show in a different way than he originally planned. Season 3 will use material from Hannibal Rising as well as Red Dragon and will include a different origin story for Dr. Lecter. Fuller would like to include other characters from the book series (such as Jame Gumb and Clarice Starling) provided he can get the rights from MGM. Franklin Froideveaux and Tobias Budge were created because Fuller could not secure the rights to The Silence of the Lambs characters Benjamin Raspail and Jame Gumb. Fuller added they also tried to get the rights to Barney Matthews, an orderly at the Baltimore State Hospital, but were denied, thus a character based on Barney was scheduled to appear in the second season, named Matthew Brown. Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier is named after the character in Creepshow and Daphne du Maurier.
Regarding the series' influences, Fuller stated: "When I sat down to the script, I was very consciously saying, 'What would David Lynch do with a Hannibal Lecter character? What sort of strange, unexpected places would he take this world?' I'm a great admirer of his work and his aesthetic and his meticulous sound design. Those were all components that I felt very strongly needed to be part of our Hannibal Lecter story. Between Lynch and Kubrick, there's a lot of inspiration." Fuller also cited David Cronenberg and Dario Argento as influences on the series. Fuller cited Tony Scott as an influence for the third season.
English actor Hugh Dancy was the first actor to be cast, taking on the lead role of FBI criminal profiler Will Graham, who seeks help from Lecter in profiling and capturing serial killers. In June 2012, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was cast as Lecter. Soon after this, actor Laurence Fishburne was cast as FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit commander Jack Crawford. Caroline Dhavernas was later cast as Dr. Alana Bloom, a former student of Hannibal Lecter, and Hettienne Park was cast as CSI Beverly Katz. Lara Jean Chorostecki, Kacey Rohl, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams were cast in recurring roles.
Gina Torres has a recurring role as Phyllis "Bella" Crawford, Jack Crawford's terminally ill wife; she and Laurence Fishburne are married in real life. Ellen Greene, Raúl Esparza and Gillian Anderson were later cast in recurring roles and appeared later in season one, though Greene actually appeared in only one episode. Molly Shannon, Eddie Izzard and Lance Henriksen guest-starred during the first season.
Several of the actors on the series have worked with creator Bryan Fuller previously, including Dhavernas, who played the lead role in Wonderfalls, and Torres, Greene, Esparza and Shannon, who all appeared in the television series Pushing Daisies. Chelan Simmons reprised her role as Gretchen Speck-Horowitz from Wonderfalls in an episode of Hannibal. Ellen Muth, who starred in Fuller's Dead Like Me, guest-starred as a character named Georgia Madchen, a nod to her original character and a "reinterpretation of that character".
David Bowie was approached for the role of Hannibal's uncle, Robert Lecter, for the second season, but was unavailable for the role. Gillian Anderson returned as Lecter's psychiatrist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, in multiple episodes for the second season. Eddie Izzard reprised his role as Dr. Abel Gideon for the second season. Cynthia Nixon joined the recurring cast as Kade Prurnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General, who is investigating Jack Crawford's role in the events of the first season. Katharine Isabelle joined the recurring cast as Margot Verger, who was originally described as a potential love interest for Graham, but Fuller later clarified that, as in the novel Hannibal, Margot "... is a member of the LGBT community!" Michael Pitt joined the recurring cast in the role of Mason Verger, Margot's abusive twin brother. Amanda Plummer guest-starred in the second season, playing Katherine Pimms, an acupuncturist. Jeremy Davies and Chris Diamantopoulos appear in two episodes.
Fuller stated in June 2014 after winning the Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series that they were told by Bowie's management to ask again for his availability for the third season. He also went on to list David Thewlis, Brad Dourif, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace, and Anna Friel as actors he'd like to appear on the series. For the third season, Gillian Anderson was promoted to series regular after recurring throughout the first two seasons. Tao Okamoto was announced to play Lady Murasaki, Hannibal's enigmatic aunt, in season three, however, Fuller later confirmed at a PaleyFest panel in New York that Okamoto will in fact be playing the role of Chiyoh, Lady Murasaki's handmaid. For the third season, Joe Anderson replaced Michael Pitt as Mason Verger, as Pitt decided not to return to the role. In December 2014, Fortunato Cerlino was announced as portraying Inspector Pazzi. In January 2015, several recurring roles were cast, including Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde; Nina Arianda as Molly Graham, Will's wife; Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane; and Glenn Fleshler as Dr. Cordell Doemling. In March 2015, Zachary Quinto was cast in a guest-starring role as one of Dr. Du Maurier's patients. Izzard reprised the role of Gideon for the season three premiere, although he was initially hesitant about returning.
Fuller stated that should the series continue, whether for a fourth season or feature film, and should they obtain rights to adapt The Silence of the Lambs, Ellen Page would be his ideal casting for Clarice Starling.
Filming of Hannibal takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The first season began shooting on August 27, 2012. The series began production on the second season in Toronto in August 2013. Filming for season 3 began on October 20, 2014, in Toronto, and some filming of exterior scenes were shot in Florence, Italy.
Cancellation and possible revival
On June 22, 2015, NBC cancelled the series. Fuller initiated talks with Amazon Prime and Netflix for a renewal. In July 2015, the cast were released after their contracts expired. Although contracts have expired, Mikkelsen and Dancy have expressed interest in reprising their respective roles if the series is acquired by a streaming service. However, the series has an exclusive streaming deal with Amazon, making finding a new distributor for the series difficult. On July 6, 2015, it was revealed that Amazon and Netflix decided to pass on the series, but Fuller confirmed the series was still being shopped. On July 11, when asked to elaborate, Fuller commented that Netflix could not renew the series due to Amazon having the exclusive streaming rights, and that Amazon wanted to renew the series, but wanted an immediate debut, while Fuller wanted more time to work on the scripts in advance before shooting. Fuller also stated that he and the producers are exploring the possibility of a feature film.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||April 4, 2013||June 20, 2013|
|2||13||February 28, 2014||May 23, 2014|
|3||13||June 4, 2015||August 29, 2015|
The series' fourth episode, "Œuf", which revolves around kidnapped children who have been brainwashed into murdering their own former families, was pulled from the United States broadcast schedule at the request of creator Bryan Fuller. The episode was still shown in other countries. This was not a result of the Boston Marathon bombings as some reports have indicated, but was actually decided just hours beforehand. Fuller said of the decision, "With this episode, it wasn't about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. It was my own sensitivity... We want to be respectful of the social climate we're in right now". In lieu of a traditional broadcast, a portion of the episode was broken into a series of webisodes, which was made available through various online media outlets. The complete episode was later made available via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video on April 29, 2013, and the episode appears in the order intended on the DVD and Blu-ray release.
Removal from KSL-TV
In Europe, one year before originally airing, in April 10, 2012, the ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group acquired the rights to broadcast the series in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark beginning in 2013. Sky Living started broadcasting the show in the UK and Republic of Ireland from May 7, 2013.
In the South Pacific, the series is also broadcast on the Seven Network in Australia, from mid-April 2013 and in New Zealand, the show premiered on TV3 on January 25, 2014. The series airs in Latin America through AXN. In Middle East and North Africa region, the series is broadcast on OSN.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||Premiere||Finale||TV season||Average viewership|
Reviews for the first season were positive. On critic website Metacritic, the first season scored 70 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, which constitutes "generally favorable reviews". Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post praised the series as a "... well constructed, masterfully written piece," but stated "... this level of violent imagery is not my cup of tea..." She also had high praise for the characters, stating that they are "... so compelling, however, that you may give in to the gore-fest." Paul Doro of Shock Till You Drop gave Hannibal an 8/10 and said of the series, "The stab at classy horror mostly succeeds due to excellent performances from the leads, genuine suspense and surprises, well-constructed short and long-term mysteries, and an appropriately disconcerting mood that permeates the action right from the start..." and praised Hugh Dancy in particular, saying he "... does an outstanding job of subtlety conveying how painful human interaction is for him, and despite being abrasive and unpleasant, you are always in his corner and really feel for the guy." Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the show an A- and called it "... finely acted, visually scrumptious, and deliciously subversive."
Brian Lowry of Variety said Hannibal is "... the tastiest drama the network has introduced in awhile," and had particular praise for the central trio of Dancy, Mikkelsen and Fishburne. Eric Goldman of IGN gave the series a 9/10, which constitutes a score of "Amazing". He said, "A prequel TV series about Hannibal Lecter has to overcome a lot of preconceptions ... But guess what? None of that matters when you actually watch the show, because Hannibal is terrific." Linda Stasi of The New York Post gave the series two and a half stars out of four, praising the performances and called it "... The most beautifully shot and produced show on network TV, with many scenes simply and literally breathtaking..." Jeff Simon from The Buffalo News called Hannibal "deeply sinister" and "brilliant." The Chicago Sun Times' TV critic Lori Rackl said, "Hannibal is a haunting, riveting... drama that has the look and feel of a show audiences have become more accustomed to seeing on cable than broadcast," and concluded that "It's also extremely well executed... bound to leave viewers hungry for more." Alan Sepinwall of HitFix called Hannibal "creepy, haunting, smart, utterly gorgeous..." and the best of this season's serial killer shows. Sepinwall also praised the character of Hannibal, writing he has been made into a believable supervillain without making the police force and others look incompetent. Reflecting on the completed first season, The A.V. Club 's Todd VanDerWerff wrote that the series acts as a corrective to the "empty" violence on much of television and "restores the seriousness of purpose to a genre long in need of it.... Hannibal is interested in death and murder as a means to glance sidelong at some of life’s largest questions. When not functioning as a cop drama, it’s an intricately twisted serial-killer thriller, but it’s also a surprisingly deep series about psychiatry and the state of the human mind." VanDerWerff concluded that Fuller had taken a series "that had every reason to be a cheap cash-in and has, instead, turned into one of TV’s best shows."
Other reviews were less favorable. Glenn Garvin from The Miami Herald called it "a fast-food hash of poor planning and worse execution...", referring to the writing as "a mess of unmemorable dialogue and unworkable characterizations." Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe was similarly critical, calling the series "rank and depressing," and concluded that it is "shocking, gruesome, and, ultimately, hollow."
On Metacritic, the second season scored 88 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, which constitutes "universal acclaim". On April 10, 2014, Hannibal was voted the winner for Hulu's "Best in Show" online competition. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season scored a 100% "certified fresh" rating with an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 based on 24 reviews. The consensus reads: "With powerful imagery and a strong, unpredictable story, season two of Hannibal continues to build on the first season's promise."
Mark Peters of Slate called Hannibal "an engrossing, psychologically dense show that is also visually stunning... the kind of gem seldom found on network TV." He did however note that the female characters were less developed. Matt Zoller Seitz, writing for New York magazine heaped praise on the show, calling it "serenely unlike anything else on TV or anything that ever has been on TV." Alan Sepinwall of HitFix continued his praise of the series, highlighting the performances of the lead actors. The A.V. Club named it the best TV series of 2014, and wrote that Hannibal was "the best, most elegantly designed thrill ride on TV in 2014".
The season two finale was met with universal critical acclaim. Gathering a perfect rating of 10 out of 10 on IGN, reviewer Eric Goldman stated, "Hannibal ended its fantastic second season with a thrilling, exciting and audacious series of events" and praised the directing by David Slade. The finale also earned a perfect "A" grade by The A.V. Club, where reviewer Molly Eichel called it "an entirely perfect cap to this season." Den of Geek reviewer Laura Akers labelled the episode "simply divine" and stated that she has "rarely found [herself] looking forward to a show's return more". Emma Dibdin of Digital Spy also heavily praised the episode, specifically Mikkelsen's performance, stating that he is "so convincingly predatory...and so simultaneously scary and sad". She also laid praise on the sound design of the episode by saying that "the integration of a ticking clock worked so well not just in the usual 'time is running out' way, but also a subconscious reminder of Hannibal's manipulation of Will". TV Guide named it the best TV episode of 2014.
Early reviews for season three were extremely positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, season 3 has a 97% "Certified Fresh" rating with an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 based on 29 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Bryan Fuller serves up another delightfully demented season of Hannibal, featuring a hearty helping of gorgeous gore, paired with a sweet side of twisted humor. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 84 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Joshua Rivera of Business Insider stated that "Hannibal is a show that puts all of its chips on the table, blows up that table, and then builds something even more fascinating from what remains", and hailed it as one of the best shows on television. Dominic Patten of Deadline.com also gave the first few episodes positive reviews also stating the show returns better than ever. In addition, the acting of Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson were particularly praised, with Bloody Disgusting writing, "Gillian Anderson's performance pushes Mads Mikkelsen in ways never thought possible," while also giving praise to creator and writer Bryan Fuller saying he creates "meticulously detailed scripts that define his characters in completely unpredictable ways." The review concludes by stating season 3 "re-establishes Hannibal as the best horror show on television." Chris Cabin of Slant Magazine gave it a very positive review, with four stars, and wrote that season 3 is "even more incisively and ambitiously written than the last season, and sporting the most radically expressive imagery currently on television." Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly rated it an "A-" and wrote, "Hannibal remains the most engrossing (and gross) serial-killer drama on television, and the most beautiful."
Awards and accolades
|2013||Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Gillian Anderson||Nominated|
|Best New Theme Song in a Series||Nominated|
|Best New Titles Sequence||Nominated|
|2014||IGN Awards||Best TV Actor||Hugh Dancy||Nominated|
|Best TV Horror Series||Won|
|Best TV Villain||Mads Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|Best TV Series||Nominated|
|Best New TV Series||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|Best Actor on Television||Hugh Dancy||Nominated|
|Best Guest Star on Television||Gina Torres||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Drama Actor||Hugh Dancy||Nominated|
|EWwy Award||Best Drama Series||Won|
|Best Guest Actor, Drama||Michael Pitt||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Mads Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|2015||Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Mads Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|Best Television Series – Drama||Nominated|
|IGN Awards||Best TV Series||Won|
|Best TV Horror Series||Won|
|Best TV Villain||Mads Mikkelsen||Won|
|Best TV Episode||"Mizumono"||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|Best Actor on Television||Hugh Dancy||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor on Television||Laurence Fishburne||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress on Television||Caroline Dhavernas||Nominated|
|Best Guest Star on Television||Michael Pitt||Nominated|
|Best DVD or Blu-ray TV Series||Season 2||Nominated|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2015||Best TV Series||Nominated|
|Best TV Actor||Hugh Dancy||Nominated|
|Best TV Supporting Actress||Gillian Anderson||Won|
|Best TV Makeup/Creature FX||Francois Dagenais||Nominated|
Home media releases
The first season, including all 13 episodes, was released on Blu-ray and DVD in region 2 on September 2, 2013, in region 1 on September 24, 2013, and in region 4 on September 25, 2013. The region 1 set includes two audio commentaries (by Bryan Fuller, David Slade and Hugh Dancy on "Apéritif" and "Savoureux"), deleted scenes, gag reel, pilot episode storyboards, four featurettes, and "producer's cut" versions of five episodes.
The second season, including all 13 episodes, was released on Blu-ray and DVD in region 1 on September 16, 2014. Bonus features include episode audio commentaries with cast and crew, several behind-the-scene featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and the "Post Mortem" webisodes hosted by Scott Thompson.
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