Mikkelsen said he is not approaching the character of Lecter as a man who specializes in torture and mayhem: "It's as close as you can be to Satan, but he doesn't see it that way. He enjoys the beauty of what he is doing."
While the debate over gun control rages on in Washington, the outcry over violence in popular culture that followed the Colorado and Connecticut shootings appears to have quieted down. There's been no major criticism or protest of the violence in "The Following."
Said Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, a psychotherapist who has written about the effects of TV violence: "I believe there's no outcry because audiences have really become desensitized to it, with shows like 'The Walking Dead' and others. If it bothered people, they wouldn't watch it. So it will continue."
When: 10 p.m. Thursday
Rating: TV-14-V (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with an advisory for violence)