By Marc Snetiker
Updated July 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

The fate of Hannibal may still be unclear — but the fate of Hannibal is not.

Fans at Comic-Con in San Diego were the first to glimpse the rest of the third season of NBC’s canceled-but-not-dead-yet drama, which still has plenty of punches to serve during the next seven episodes. EW has the exclusive first look at what Comic-Con Fannibals saw, and it’s a doozy.

The footage — screened during the panel moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen — promises the appearance of Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. the Tooth Fairy, a.k.a. the eponymous villain of Red Dragon. It’s an appearance long in the works, and seeing it up on the screen drew the collective breath of the entire crowd of fans.

The clip shows the birth of the Red Dragon, as well as the relationship he develops with a captured Dr. Lecter. Also featured are a vengeful Dr. Bloom and promised cameos by Zachary Quinto and True Blood (how appropriate) alum Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane.

Watch the breathtaking clip below:

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