Prepare for Hannibal's return with 4 clips from the season premiere

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Feb 24, 2014, 4:03 PM EST (Updated)

We're now, finally, less than a week away from a new season of Hannibal, and we've got something more than trailers to sate us during the wait. 

The season-one finale of Bryan Fuller's critically acclaimed new vision for the story of Dr. Hannibal Lecter left us with a new, and very disturbing, status quo. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), once a celebrated FBI profiler, is now in prison as a suspected serial killer, while the real killer, Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), is still a trusted and well-regarded psychiatrist and consultant for the FBI. 

The second-season opener, "Kaiseki," returns us to this state of affairs. The trailers have already made that abundantly clear, but now, through four new clips from the season premiere, we see just how deeply Hannibal is embedded with the FBI, and just how dire Will's situation is. 

In the first clip, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) enjoys an ornate Japanese meal with Lecter, and they discuss the fact that Lecter must be investigated in order to clear his name. In the second clip, Lecter pays a visit to Will's cell, and they discuss Will's belief that Lecter is the real killer. In the third clip, Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) visits Will in an attempt to convince Will to accept the "reality" of what's happening to him. And in the fourth clip, Lecter steps into Will's shoes, assisting the FBI by profiling a new killer who's laid out another of the show's famously ornate crime scenes.

As expected, these clips don't give us the whole picture, but they do give us a strong glimpse into the new power dynamic at work when season two opens, as well as a glimpse at Lecter's past ties to Japanese culture (all of season two's episodes have Japanese titles). They also give us a new look at the always highly stylized world of Hannibal, a world we've been missing for months. Check out all four clips below, and catch the return of Hannibal on Friday at 10/9C on NBC. 

(Via Daily Dead)