The final episode in the current series of Hannibal aired across the weekend - and it had a sting in its tale.
A new song from Siouxsie Sioux took pride of place in the finale, her first blast of new material in eight years. Co-written with Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell, 'Love Crime' is now online.
Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller spoke to TV Guide about the partnership, revealing how he managed to coax Siouxsie Sioux back into the studio.
"Brian Reitzell knew I am a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan and have seen her in concert more times than any other artist in my life. We knew that she was a fan of the show, and we reached out to see if she'd be interested in writing a song. Essentially, she hasn't had a single in eight years, and she said she hadn't been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song. It was an incredible honor. I told her it should be a love song between Will and Hannibal. She came back with this wonderful Bond theme of a ditty, and I just said that has to go over the finale. It was pitch-perfect."
Then it became the battle over... how do we pay for it? We didn't have any money left in the budget, and the studio wasn't going to put any more money into the show than they already had. I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and UK broadcasters and said, 'I know the show is cancelled... and it's absolutely unheard of for a showrunner to come back to you and ask for more money for a show that has no further revenue potential for you. But it's Siouxsie Sioux and it's an honor and it's her first single in eight years.' They both said, 'Yes, absolutely, we'll split it right down the middle, and we're doing this because we love you, we love the show, and we love Siouxsie.'"
Check out 'Love Crime' below.