I somehow missed last week's announcement that Episode 8 of Hannibal's third season will jump forward some years in the future, so when I read today's news that Hugh Dancy's Venus in Fur costar Nina Arianda has been cast as Will Graham's wife, I was sort of bugging.
But yes, in case you also missed it, last week TVLine reported the following:
NBC’s acclaimed thriller is casting for the recurring role of Will’s wife Molly, a strong, vibrant thirtysomething who is not only unperturbed by her husband’s dark and occasionally tortured past — but has worked to help him overcome it.
Molly, who also happens to have a 12-year-old son named Walter, “understands that Will is a good man, and her love has allowed him to rebuild himself. But when Will is asked to return to the FBI, she also urges him to try and save lives, knowing what risks this entails.”
Fret not, though, Hugh Dancy’s addled profiler — last seen being literally gutted by Mads Mikkelsen’s titular sociopath — won’t be putting up an OK Cupid profile to kick off Season 3. Molly — a role that is slated to span four episodes — won’t be introduced ’til Episode 8… an installment that will leap enough years into the future to allow for the transformation in Will’s personal life.
Okay! So today we learned that Molly will indeed be played by Arianda, and creator Bryan Fuller is "simply thrilled." So is this time jump responsible for the sudden advancement into the events of Red Dragon? Once Hannibal jumps into the future, is it staying there?
These questions will be answered this summer (AUGH) when Hannibal returns. (I miss it.)