Mads Mikkelsen: "He loves fine art. He is a three-piece-suit man. He loves classical music. He hates everything that's banal. And he loves the beauty of everything that's refined.
"We're starting out in a different situation. He's not captured, nobody knows what he's up to. So he has a different mission, which means I have a different mission. He's trying to make friends with people, so I can't just play that one card of being evil. It has to be hidden."
"Hannibal doesn't have a master plan. He doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow or next year. But for Hannibal, Will is a fantastic opportunity, a very skilful young man, with some potential in there."
"Hannibal cannot play his cards open. He has to be lying. And in order to be a good liar, you have to believe what you're saying yourself. So we're trying to play it as honestly as possible in every scene, even though it's one big manipulation. Hannibal almost is not even aware himself."
"We all know who Hannibal Lecter is. If we had him jumping out, covered in blood, in Episode 1, what's the point in that?"