NBC is switching up its schedule, given this week's Boston Marathon tragedy.

The network has pulled the fourth episode of Hannibal from its schedule and will instead air the show's fifth episode in its place, according to Variety.

The fourth episode of the dark drama was to involve Molly Shannon's character brainwashing kids and getting them to kill other youngsters. Yikes.

Instead, the fifth episode will air next week instead, as NBC apparently claims that the missing episode won't cause continuity issues.

The idea of preempting the fourth episode came from series creator Bryan Fuller himself.

Bryan called NBC and told them that “given the cultural climate right now in the U.S., I think we shouldn’t air the episode in its entirety.”

“I didn’t want to have anyone come to the show and have a negative experience,” he explains. “Whenever you [write] a story and look at the sensational aspects of storytelling, you think, ‘This is interesting metaphorically, and this is interesting as social commentary.’"

Bryan maintains that the episode wouldn't have been overly gory.

"With this episode, it wasn’t about the graphic imagery or violence," Bryan continues. "It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode."

"It was my own sensitivity,” he adds.

This isn't the first show to have its schedule affected by increased sensitivity following the Boston blasts. A Castle episode has been delayed, and a Family Guy episode that aired last month will no longer be available.

Long story short: NBC has decided to eat an episode of Hannibal. So to speak.

Source: Variety