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"Apéritif" is the premiere episode of the psychological crime thriller drama Hannibal. The series is based on the 1981 novel Red Dragon by author Thomas Harris, which was later adapted into a series of films starring Anthony Hopkins. The pilot episode of the show was directed by David Slade with a teleplay written by series showrunner Bryan Fuller. It first aired on NBC on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 10:00 pm.

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  • Hannibal was developed for television by Bryan Fuller. It is based on the novel Red Dragon by author Thomas Harris.
  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • Featured killer: Garret Jacob Hobbs, aka "The Minnesota Shrike".
  • Thomas Marlow is the first character to appear in this episode, and as such, in the entire series. Appears as a corpse only; no speaking lines.
  • Will Graham is the second character to appear in this episode. He is also the first character with speaking lines in the series.
  • This is the first and only appearance of Garret Jacob Hobbs, who dies at the end of this episode. However, Will Graham will be haunted by images of him for several episodes to come.
  • Other Shrike victims seen on Jack Crawford's peg board include S. Olsen, L. Sorenson, D. Latimer, P. Cohen, R. Winn, A. Anderson, and D. Woodward.

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  • An apéritif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite, and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet. Apéritif may also refer to a snack that precedes a meal. This includes an amuse-bouche, such as crackers, cheese, pâté or olives.
  • Will Graham's line, "Don't psychoanalyze me. You won't like me when I'm psychoanalyzed", is a wink to the more popularly known phrase, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" as first immortalized by actor Bill Bixby in the two-part pilot episode of The Incredible Hulk.
  • Will Graham makes references to a golden ticket and a chocolate factory. This is a reference to the 1964 children's story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by author Roald Dahl. The story was adapted into a musical in 1971 called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and again as a non-musical dark comedy in 2005 under its original title.

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