"She’s smarter than everybody else. I love the idea of her being smarter than anybody else, where she’s like, “Okay, this is beyond my control. This is something that I can’t navigate. I am removing myself from the situation, because that’s the only way I can survive.” I wanted the audience to think, when they’re watching the trailer for the second episode that she was dead. Like, he is going to come and get her, and he’s going to end her, and he’s going to eat her. What I love about subverting that is, you get to keep Gillian Anderson’s iconography as a very intelligent actress playing very intelligent characters, because she does the smart thing. She bests Hannibal. She confronts him, she bests him, she gets out of dodge, and she’s the only one that actually gets that freedom, that wherewithal. So I loved giving that to her, because I didn’t want that character to die. I think a lot other people would have found it very easy to kill her, because that would have been the easiest way to deal with it — and probably very realistic, but I was interested in her survival. I like the last woman standing, you know? That’s one of the reasons why I love horror movies. I think horror movies can actually be a very feminist genre because the “last girl standing” is so iconic. Even the “second-to-last girl standing” is always often the one that almost gets away with it and nearly does, like in Prom Night — I can’t remember the actress’s name — where she almost survives. There’s this big long fight and she’s scrappy. Sarah Michelle Gellar in I Know What You Did Last Summer, you think she’s going to survive, because she’s scrappy, then in that last minute she doesn’t. It’s always disappointing. I always root for those characters to find a way not to die, because they’re scrappy and strong. The universe says, “You can be scrappy and strong and still… get it.” But I loved her being able to get away."