"…These cases have a grandiosity to them that is above and beyond what you would think you would see in a crime procedural but employs art and beauty. So that when you’re looking at them, you’re not horrified by the gore overwhelmingly so, but you can take in the gore and the beauty simultaneously, which kind of puts people in Will Graham’s perspective, where he’s looking at things and seeing them for their beauty and mechanics as well as the viciousness of a killer’s work and how that can be confusing and corrupting at the same time. There are many reasons why we did that: A) for the cinema of it, and B) for the psychological horror. It’s like when you look at something, it’s almost as if it were just blood and guts, it would be easier to turn away and go, “That’s horrible,” but if you show somebody an image that’s beautiful, and you look at it more closely and see that the only way to create that image is from terrible suffering… [Laughs.] It’s a very confusing suggestion to put in the human mind."
Bryan Fuller perfectly explaining why the imagery in Hannibal is so effectively disturbing, and why we feel so strongly for Will Graham (besides Hugh Dancy’s amazing acting)