03/03/2014 10:20 am ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

'Hannibal's' Mads Mikkelsen On Season 2, Dancing on Set, And His Plans For The Oscars

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"Hannibal" returns tonight with a glimpse of the future: the moment that Jack Crawford realizes he locked up the wrong "intelligent psychopath."

Up until this point, only the audience (and Lecter's victims, including Will Graham, to some extent) have been aware that it was Dr. Hannibal Lecter, not Graham, behind the show's gruesome — yet artfully presented — murders. Bodies as sculpture, blood as paint, flesh as elegant cuisine. In the world of "Hannibal," one does not just commit a lowly murder; the body (or bodies) must be displayed or arranged, so that you approach the crime scene as you would a masterpiece in a gallery or museum, in awe of the horrific beauty of it all. Vulture spoke to Mads Mikkelsen ahead of tonight's season-two premiere (airing at 10 p.m. Eastern on NBC) about dancing on set; his Oscar plans should his Best Foreign Film entry, The Hunt, win or lose; and his best guess at whether we really taste like chicken.

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