By James Hibberd
July 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT

The most deadly serious drama on TV once again has a funny gag reel: Below, EW has the exclusive outtakes from season 2 of NBC’s acclaimed thriller, PLUS details about the season 2 DVD release, PLUS season 3 scoop from the show’s Comic-Con panel.

First, the gag reel: The scenes include dancing in the morgue, Mads Mikkelsen forgetting how to tie his tie, Gillian Anderson losing her microphone down her shirt, and plenty of crack-ups during the show’s signature terse dining scenes. The clip (which was briefly leaked online earlier this year) is part of Hannibal‘s season 2 home video package, which we can reveal will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on Sept. 16. The disc packages will feature audio commentary with cast and crew on select episodes, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, deleted scenes, and more.

Check out the gag reel below—which is a cut-down of the longer DVD version—which just played at Hannibal‘s Comic-Con panel. As you’ll see, Hannibal is so creepy that even when the cast is messing around, it’s still kinda creepy.

Now for season 3 scoop, direct from Ballroom 20 in San Diego:

— Eddie Izzard will return—despite being killed off: “We are writing a role for Eddie to return as a flashback,” writer-producer Bryan Fuller said.

— Raul Esparza (Dr. Chilton) will be back and plays an important role in the next season despite being shot in the face: “I told Bryan in my next season I expect to have an eye patch, hump, and parrot,” said Esparza.

— How will season 3 handle having separated Lecter and Graham? “One of the cool things [about] being a Star Wars fan is when you separate R2-D2 and C-3PO, they don’t become less interesting,” Fuller said. “We’re introducing a lot more characters from the novels, some that haven’t been in the series yet.” Those characters include: The Florentine detective Rinaldo Pazzi, Hannibal Rising lover Lady Murasaki, and, in episode 8, the Red Dragon himself, Francis Dolarhyde. Fuller hinted, as you might expect from the inclusion of Pazzi, that Hannibal is headed to Italy.

— The third season will pick up one year after the season 2 finale and will get away from the show’s procedural format: “The entire first half the of season is relatively FBI-light,” Fuller said. “It’s all about the pursuit of Hannibal. … The first episode is very much like a pilot for a new series starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson.”

Hannibal producers are still trying to get the rights from MGM to include Silence of the Lambs protagonist Clarice Starling, but are not giving up. “We’re going to do a full-court press to get those rights,” Fuller said. “I want to complete the story.”

— Fuller revealed his two favorite deaths on the show: “The human cello,” he said. “And I’m a particular fan of Michael Pitt cutting off his face and feeding it to the dogs.”

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