Just to throw out there a couple of things that have been on my mind:
1. I don’t think the scene with Alana pointing the gun at Lecter (?) is a physical continuation of the scene of fight between him and Jack that we saw in the beginning of the season. Yeah-yeah, I know the shirt is bloody and all that but listen -
- all the trailers/promos that we’ve been shown so far included scenes from episodes 1-6 only because the other half of the season is in post-production atm and because that’s how it usually happens. After 6th episode we will start seeing completely new promos with shots never seen before. The only scene that was shot in advance for purposes of the season opening was the aforementioned fight. There would be no logical sense for them to continue shooting the scene which as we know happens somewhere between 12ve and 13th episodes any further (the supposed bit with Alana) because they were not shooting beyond episode 6 then. Like I said, they only shot Lawrence Fishbourne scene for the purposes of the first episode. So my bet would that the bit where Alana is crying and holding Lecter or someone who we think is Lecter at a gunpoint happens in somewhere in episodes 5-6. Does this mean she dies? Don’t think so. I have a feeling about where that might go, though.
2. I don’t think they will catch Lecter at the end of this season. I kind of hope that they don’t. Watch Bryan Fuller’s interviews.
3. About the promised 3 major deaths:
Not Will - DUH. A building block of the show; survives throughout all books; has a huuuuuuuuuuge role in the events to follow Lecter’s incarceration; Hugh Dancy and etc.
Not Jack - Lawrence fucking Fishbourne; killing the starriest star of the show would not make much sense from both producer and writer’s point of view; also the character survives all books; they had that cliffhanger for a reason btw
Not Alana - NOT sure about this one, but my gut is telling me ‘no’. Caroline is not an assent in terms of popularity BUT she is the only female protagonist on the show whatsoever; also one of the few people who will serve as a ‘guide’ into the emotional aftermath when Hannibal is on the run in the 3d season or for whatever is to follow the events of this season. Basically, she and Jack and Will will be ‘reacting’; her counterpart doesn’t die in the books; it has been confirmed that Lecter has a soft spot for her
The rest of cast - entirely possible. Fortunately and unfortunately this is not Game of Thrones. They can’t just kill off Hannibal in the first season ;)
So my bets are:
Beverly Katz - a popular one; is on her ‘quest’ to do whatever’s necessary to solve murders (at Jack’s approval); most likely to uncover something about Hannibal; seen in a mysterious basement with him in one of the trailers; minor character but great impact
Freddy Lounds - well, this one is just the matter of which season, honestly; her counterpart dies in the books/films; might testify against Lecter; have some info on him; a nasty journalist and all that; she is practically coloured in meat if ya know what I mean *wink-wink*
Someone-someone else! - and this shall remain a mystery
Might be Kade Purnell or Bedelia (depending on whether they manage to get Gillian Anderson for the final episodes). But I doubt this. Or might be no one important and we’ve just been fed a lie.
OH WAIT. Jack’s wife!
P.S. To be honest, after just 2 episodes into the season all these predictions do not mean anything. They might very well introduce some new recurring characters (which we know they will) in the middle of the season who as the season progresses will grow to the level of importance where killing them off would actually make sense in terms of emotional impact both inside the show and among the audience.
Given that Kade Purnell played by Cynthia Nixon is based on Paul Krendler from the original book series and given what happens to the character in Hannibal (the book and the film), I think there is a very good chance that Nyxon’s character might repeat her predecessor’s ‘questionable’ fate by the end of the season (or maybe in the future seasons, but they don’t seem to mind fiddling with timelines a little).
Sauté à Purnell, anyone?