Tao Okamoto (“The Wolverine”) had been announced as playing Lady Murasaki, Hannibal's distant aunt who took him in as a teenager in the Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal Rising." But Fuller revealed that she will actually portray Murasaki’s handmaiden, Chio. “We are expanding that character and her history with Hannibal because there were a lot of things story-wise that didn't make sense for Lady Murasaki to do, and with Chio we had a greater rein.”
Even on the run, Hannibal is still Hannibal
Despite being a wanted man, Hannibal won’t be keeping a low profile in Europe, according to Mikkelsen. “Hannibal is on the run. But when he's running, he's not necessarily hiding, so it might be strangely flashy, what's going on, to a certain degree.”
Bedelia's backstory will become clear
“It's almost like the first episode is a pilot for a show that's just about Bedelia and Hannibal's relationship,” whose past, present and future will be clarified, Fuller said. Anderson has been announced as a series regular, and much of the first half of the season will focus on her and Hannibal’s life in Europe following his Adele anthem-worthy breakup with Will, and his former life, after he was betrayed to the FBI.
The focus is still on Will
But that doesn’t mean he and Will won’t be close where it matters: “Just because they're separated, doesn't necessarily mean that what they're experiencing is not about each other,” Fuller said. Mikkelsen, apparently excited by the prospect, clarified: "And there is a very important area called a memory palace. We might meet each other there for a beer." Hannibal has alluded to his mind palace as the “Norman chapel in Palermo,” the Cappella Palatina. Fuller recently tweeted a photo of its interior in connection with the third season.