Mindhunter remains one of the best true crime thrillers out on streaming services today. The two season series follows two FBI agents in the late 70s who were in charge of interviewing serial killers to solve open cases. The show is based off the book called Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by retired FBI agent John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The show received a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and featured a plethora of guest actors, portraying infamous serial killers, who ended up stealing the show. This article will dive into what made the crime thriller so good and why fans are eager for a third season.
The Status of Season 3
Season 3 is in TV show limbo right now with no current release date. Mindhunter is produced and directed by the prestigious David Fincher. Fincher is no stranger to intricate and mind-boggling plots, with movies such as Gone Girl, Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, and The Social Network. The series was originally picked up for two seasons by Netflix, with the opportunity for renewal if the series proved to be successful. The show was confirmed to have a five season plan, however, the director is a very busy man as he’s currently working on two upcoming films.
Fincher is in post-production for his upcoming film, Mank, a story that follows the screenwriter who developed Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane. Mank is expected to be released sometime in 2020, but the good news is, the movie is a Netflix project, which means Fincher and Netflix remain on good terms. This provides some hope for Netflix to eventually pick up the third season of Mindhunter. Fincher is also in the early stages of a film called Strangers, a modern day remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. As for Mindhunter, the actors portraying the main characters, Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv have been released from their contracts. Fincher did this as a favor to the actors so that they can pursue other passion projects until the third season is given the green light. The show is helmed by a big time director with big time actors. While the series isn’t cancelled, the critically-acclaimed Netflix show will likely be revisited in the future. The first two seasons gave fans a small taste of brilliance. It would be cruel and unusual punishment if the show ended up being cut short.
Season 1 and 2
The first two seasons had tremendous success and gave us incredible characters who still have so much room for development. Jonathan Groff was phenomenal as lead man Holden Ford. The chemistry that Groff and Holt McCallany built on-screen was a blessing to witness. Season 1 served as an introduction to the behavioral science unit and gave us some haunting open murder cases. Groff added some chilling performances by pushing the boundaries of morality while interviewing monstrous serial killers.
There was one character that completely stole the limelight in season 1. Cameron Britton did a masterful job portraying the Co-Ed killer, Ed Kemper, and won himself an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a drama series. Season 2 gave us a thrilling and mysterious plot centered around the Atlanta child killings along with a plentiful of notorious killers being interviewed. All in all, the first two seasons gave us killers such as Ed Kemper, Monte Rissell, Jerry Brudos, Richard Speck, “Son of Sam,” and the one and only… Charles Manson. The show also included an interesting subplot centered around the BTK killer, Dennis Rader, who’s storyline was just heating up towards the end of season 2.
With Mindhunter being in an unknown hiatus for season 3, fans can only speculate about when and what will come in the third chapter of the show. The second season set up interesting storylines that fans were excited about exploring more of throughout the show. Ford’s questionable characteristics that mimic his subjects, Bill Tench’s son showing psychopathic tendencies, and the BTK killer’s next move were all storylines that can’t simply be let go without a third season. The behavioral science unit was also receiving more and more interesting subjects. Here are some infamous killers that could receive an interview session in the third season of Mindhunter.
John Wayne Gacey
John Wayne Gacey was known as “The Killer Clown,” for being convicted for 33 homicides. Gacey was sentenced to death in 1980 but wasn’t executed until 1994. Fans speculate that he could make an appearance considering his name and photo were shown on-screen briefly in season 2.
Buffalo’s .22 caliber killer
Joseph Christopher gained infamy for a spring of murders in the early 80s. He is believed to have killed at least 12 people and wounded numerous others with a .22 caliber sawed off rifle.
The first two seasons of Mindhunter take place in the late 70s and early 80s. Bundy was executed in 1989, so the timelines for both Bundy and Gacey would fit the shows timeline.
Now We Wait
If you haven’t seen Mindhunter you might want to check it out before the third season comes out. Given that even the cinematographer has no idea what the plans are for the rest of the show, you have plenty of time to catch up on the first two seasons. You can watch the trailers for Mindhunter below.