Hugh Dancy: 'Hannibal' end game is 'Silence of the Lambs'

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NBC's serial killer drama "Hannibal" is back Friday (Feb. 28), picking up where Season 1 left off last year -- Will Graham locked away, seen as a crazy person by all who know him after accusing Dr. Lecter of being a killer.

Star Hugh Dancy tells "Today" that Graham is "not that happy" about being locked up but at least he knows who the enemy is now.

"The only good thing that's happened to him in this season is that he's realized what he's up against," says Dancy. "He's playing with a full deck of cards and he knows who Hannibal is. He's trying to crawl back to the point where he can convince people of that. ... I'm trying to manipulate from within my jail cell, get back to the point that I can win his trust and maybe get revenge."

The show is just starting Season 2 and there is no word about any subsequent seasons, but when asked if the show is heading toward the iconic "Silence of the Lambs" territory, Dancy says he hopes so.

"That's certainly the end game, to get into the point where we get to the stories that people recognize," says Dancy. "By that time, we'll have created our own world and we'll be able to put our own twist on those things."

Dancy also has nothing but good things to say about the "Fannibals": "They've just been so supportive, really helping us through the first season, spreading the word, doing amazing fan art that I've never been exposed to. ... [the art is] mostly beautiful and slightly disturbing."

That's a great way to describe "Hannibal," which returns Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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