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Hugh Dancy teases 'Hannibal' eventually taking 'Silence of the Lambs' turn

"Silence of the Lambs" fans, take note: NBC's "Hannibal" may be about the period before Dr. Lecter became known as Hannibal the Cannibal, but the series could eventually give viewers the meal they're craving.

Star Hugh Dancy (who plays FBI agent Will Graham) hinted the show will hopefully get to "Lambs" territory. 

"That's certainly the endgame, is to get to the point that we get into those stories that people recognize," he told TODAY's Carson Daly Friday. "But by that time I think we'll have created our own world and we'll be able to put our own spin on things."

Meanwhile, the story of Lecter being a killer (and serious foodie!) continues to develop in the new season. But Graham is the one currently behind bars, thanks to the dangerous psychiatrist, and he's plotting his way out as the season starts. 

"I'm trying to manipulate from within my jail cell, get back to the point that I can win (Lecter's) trust and maybe kind of get revenge," Dancy teased. 

The difference this season is that now Graham knows what he's working with. "He's realized what he's up against.. ... He knows who Hannibal is, so he's trying to call back to the point that he can convince people of that," said Dancy.

Still, it's probably good for everyone involved — including the show's most devoted viewers, "Fannibals" — that the bloody series airs late in prime time. Even Dancy said it's definitely not a program to watch during dinner.

"Anything gross you out in season two?" Daly asked.

"Almost the whole thing," Dancy admitted.

"Hannibal" kicks off season two Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC. Snacking is not recommended.