Yes Netflix would've been the perfect foundation for it, given their reputation for never getting in the way of creative development on their shows. A show like Hannibal can benefit all the more from that.
For the record though I just said I dwelled more on the fact of Will being shown in the flashback instead of Gideon first, not the plausibility of him not being shown.
I didn't say it didn't fit with the rest of the show or wasn't consistent. I knew that. I just thought it was interesting to see Gideon treated like all the rest of the murderers when he was, and will be for seasons to come, an important character.
Feed your fear. FBI Agent Will Graham hunts the most notorious serial killers. What he doesn't know is his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all.
Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminal minded – Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
While Lecter and Graham work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer, Dr. Lecter tests him every step of the way, toying with Graham, playing a game all his own. Like only Lecter can, he twists Will’s mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others – and even more frightening – himself.