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‘Hannibal’ Boss on TV’s Hottest Murder Accessory: Antlers

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The first season of “Hannibal” featured a string of antler-related murders. HBO’s “True Detective” featured a murder victim decorated with a crown of deer horns. And HBO’s upcoming “The Leftovers” is apparently going stag, too.

Are deer finally getting their revenge on humans, for all those decades we’ve spent shooting them?

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No, says “Hannibal” executive producer Bryan Mason. It’s probably just that a bunch of TV writers saw the same Stephen King movie.

“Anybody who saw “Salem’s Lot” in 1979 where James Mason impaled that guy on the antlers, it’s probably all coming from that traumatic experience in our childhoods,” he said Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I imagine they probably saw the same thing that inspired, you know, the imagery in this show.”

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The antlers will be back when “Hannibal” returns for its second season Feb. 28. A scene in a Season 2 trailer (pictured) features someone rising out of some water wearing wearing a headdress made of — you guessed it.

The trend isn’t over, as Fuller learned when he recently met with “The Leftovers” executive producer Damon Lindelof.

“I think there’s some stag action in that too,” Fuller said. “I had lunch with Damon. He was like, ‘We didn’t rip you off. We have a stag.'”