As mentioned earlier, it was never too difficult to read into Will and Hannibal’s mutual desire. Fuller himself has even stated in several interviews that the characters have a sexual attraction to each other, leaving little room for ambiguity about their relationship. Why did the show end with a fatal embrace as opposed to a kiss?
In an attempt to avoid obvious spoilers, I will keep the details vague (if you have never seen “Hannibal”, you absolutely must, and the gripping finale is best experienced fresh). After a long search for each other, Will and Hannibal finally meet again. They are both irrevocably attracted to and repulsed by the other – they are both so similar, yet so different. They possess an insane desire to know the other while imparting a little of their own personal inclinations in the process. When the two come together again, they cease to be separate cosmic entities; instead, they embrace each other and become one forever.
To many fans, this embrace felt too kind for a duo who have shared vicarious sex scenes and violent physical (and psychological) intimacy. A passionate kiss would have translated better, especially because of their pre-existing erotic relationships. Fuller himself has even expressed regret for not including a kiss during the final:
“If I had to do it again, I might suggest kissing and seeing how it played out. But none of the actors were ever afraid to go there. If there were any concerns, it was always just about the remaining authentic. That was definitely my goal because, yes, I would definitely watch them kiss.It would be banking material for the best of us [Laughs]. But I was just really trying to preserve the authenticity of the moment. The shot that is in there felt most authentic and felt like it hit the right balance. But if I could get back in the cutting room, I might do something different now. “
This, of course, does not mean that the resurrection of “Hannibal” would exist solely to make Will and Hannibal finally kiss. Honestly, Fuller has been honest about what he would like the fourth season to look like, and has gone so far as to detail what he would like to cover in a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone:
“I want to play point-of-view in a dramatic way. I think I’ve said season 4 is ‘Inception’ meets ‘Angel Heart’. And that means there will be significant mind-palace and blurring of reality, or at least the perception of reality.And what I am most excited about is because there will be such a mental landscape to explore, that means actors playing characters who have previously died , can manifest itself in the root of Will Graham’s brain. “
With a vision already devised by Fuller, what could really prevent “Hannibal” from returning?