I plowed through Red Dragon cover to cover over the weekend. Not nearly as much that's been covered during the series as I was expecting, but still love the approach.
My mental image of Crawford as Fishburn stuck immediately. He's better than the others in this role for sure.
Perhaps it's because I've seen Hopkins as Hannibal in the later movie, but I think that he's still more true to the book's portrayl. I can't get his voice out of my head during those conversations in Hannibal's cell.
That said, I don't think I've seen a better recent acting performance in any series than what Mads has pulled off in this series.
Frank, did you like Hannibal Rising? I've seen some mixed reviews.