Pro-Tip: Don't make your premiere feel like a filler episode.
Just. . . nothing exciting happened. Nothing. At least, nothing that wasn't predictable--especially if you know the source material. (Which. . . this is not boding well for the Red Dragon half of the season.)
But seriously, what the fuck was this episode? It felt like an extended "Previously On. . ." even though it was all new footage. Dull, meandering footage that could've been condensed and worked into a better, more exciting premiere. We already know Hannibal tracked down Bedelia after the Red Dinner and she absconded with him. We already know Bedelia killed a patient Hannibal sent her, she realized he manipulated her into killing said patient, and then he helped her cover it up*. I'm having trouble reconciling Fuller's claim that "Bedelia is the smartest person on the show" when clearly this episode highlighted that she's questioning her decision to abscond with Hannibal. And. . . well, there was something else I had a question on that I now can't remember. . . Something Hannibal or someone did that I didn't understand why they were doing it and I thought I missed something. . . (I think I zoned out a couple of times during my boredom. NOT A GOOD SIGN, SHOW!)
Of course, YMMV. I've made it pretty clear I couldn't give two shits about Bedelia; Gideon has over-stayed his welcome; Hannibal needs to strangled by his Murder Tie.
At least the promo looked like the old Hannibal I enjoyed. You're still on notice, show.
Also: With all the talk about Hannibal, and cannibalism, and food not knowing it's being eaten--basically whatever was going on in the scenes between Hannibal and Gideon (I've kinda forgot the specifics)--if the series doesn't end with Will eating Hannibal, I will buy a fucking Carmen Sandiego Hat and eat it.
*I feel like maaaaaybe this will be explored in a later episode. But why fucking bring it up for a short spell if you intend on exploring it later down the line???