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HANNIBAL Gives Us First Look at Michael Pitt’s Mason Verger — Finally!

We’ve previously only heard allusions and references to Mason Verger on NBC’s Hannibal, the only man to have — uh, spoiler, I guess? — survived an attack by Hannibal Lecter in the Thomas Harris cannibal-killer saga of movies and novels. But it looks like he’s about to make his big debut, as evidenced by these new photos.

We’d previously only been privy to a single black and white photo of Michael Pitt’s Verger, thanks to director David Slade. But now we have Verger in full, unadulterated context. And — oh snap! — he’s going to be playing right alongside Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lecter from the outset. Standing so brazenly next to his previously attempted victim, sister Margot Verger (Katharine Isabelle), proves that we’re in store for more of Bryan Fuller’s textbook tension-building and seriously audacious serial murderpeople. Something tells us Dr. Lecter is going to find it all very, very rude. We’re, for one, very much looking forward to Friday at 10 PM, when the episode in question “Naka-choko,” debuts on NBC.

Now, morbid question alert, but tell us: by whose hand would you rather theoretically die — Hannibal’s or Mason’s? Let us know in the comments.

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