With Joe Penhall at the helm and David Fincher as de facto showrunner and creative force, ‘Mindhunter’ creates a brooding ambiance of fear from materials tethered to reality. Based on the titular non-fiction book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the detective series follows Holden Ford, a young aspiring FBI agent who teams up with senior officer Bill Tench and psychology professor Wendy Carr to investigate the crooked minds of notorious serial killers and revive cold cases.
Since its initial release in 2017, the Netflix original show has spawned two seasons, garnering widespread fan praise and universal critical acclaim in the process. Critics especially loved the uncanny ambiance, cinematic visuals, and impeccably crafted characters. After the second season’s anticlimactic ending, fans are eagerly waiting for an update. If you are looking for titbits regarding the speculated third season, let us get to it!
Mindhunter Season 3 Release Date
‘Mindhunter’ season 2 premiered in its entirety on August 19, 2019, on Netflix. The second season comprises nine episodes with runtimes ranging from 34 to 76 minutes per episode.
Here’s everything we were able to scoop regarding the renewal of the stylistic procedural drama for a third season. Although initially planned to have five seasons, it was announced in November 2019 that the anticipated third season had been put on indefinite hold following David Fincher’s tight schedule and low ratings in comparison to the show’s extensive production cost and time. In January 2020, all of the original cast members were released from their respective contracts by the original network, while Fincher became busy with ‘Mank,’ among other projects.
In October of the same year, an executive from Netflix spilled in an interview with Vulture, that the third season will be developed “maybe in five years.” The prolific director was integrally involved in the development and production of the show, but due to the tedious and tiresome filming schedule and his overt engagement, Fincher gave in to exhaustion. Moreover, while the series managed to garner a cult following, the viewership numbers did not match the production cost. So, the bottom line suggests that the math does not favor the lavish budget of the show, and its fate looks bleak indeed.
Surprisingly, in April 2021, a piece of news surfaced, giving fans of the show some hope. Reportedly, a source close to the streaming giant revealed that Fincher and Netflix are currently in talks concerning the possibility of continuing the show and producing the third season. However, pursuing the news is nothing more than a shot in the dark, and we don’t know whether Holden and the gang will return to solve the unfinished cases anytime soon. If it does get renewed and Fincher resumes work on the project by 2021, fans can expect ‘Mindhunter’ season 3 to premiere sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.
Mindhunter Season 3 Cast: Who can be in it?
All of the original cast members have been released from their respective contracts, as mentioned before. Still, if Fincher cracks a deal with Netflix and gets back on the production, chances are most of the principal actors will return in their respective roles. This includes Jonathan Groff, who plays the role of young FBI Agent Holden Ford, Holt McCallany, who acts as Bill Tench from the Behavioural Science Unit. These two will in all likelihood be joined by Anna Torv, who appears in the role of Wendy Carr.
Among other prominent roles, we hope to see Cameron Britton (Ed Kemper), Michael Cerveris (Behavioural Science unit chief Ted Gunn), and Sonny Valicenti (Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer), and several other talented actors. However, the creators can also add fresh cast members if new characters are introduced.
Mindhunter Season 3 Plot: What can it be About?
The second season of the crime drama sees Ted Gunn taking up responsibilities as the chief of FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit after a bitter incident leads to the retirement of Shepard. The team follows the infamous BTK Killer, whose identity is still unknown, while Bill discovers a sinister aberration that affects his own family. Alongside that, the team pursues its project of profiling, with the highlight of Bill and Holden’s rendezvous into the mind of Charlie Manson.
Holden obsessively pursues the Atlanta murderer in the absence of Bill, but his investigation gets lost in a vortex of leads. In the finality of events, the Atlanta Police Department releases a prime suspect and closes the missing child cases, while Holden is left to feel guilty for not being able to deliver justice to the families of the deceased. The season finale ends with a glimpse of the BTK strangler, who is still running on the loose.
This brings us to the theories regarding the speculated third season. Well, we are pretty much clueless regarding how the creator would take the story forward, and our guesses are as good as yours. Following historical realism, the BTK killer will not get caught until the break of the 21st century, but he may taunt the investigators with more clues. However, the Atlanta case has to be solved, and Holden will perhaps get back to the city if higher officials comply.
The potential third season will also shed light on the psychological developments of Bill Tench’s son. The series draws heavily from its source, and following the source material, we are yet to meet menacing figures like Larry Gene Bell and Robert Hansen. We can at least be certain that the series will continue to probe into the workings of a serial killer’s mind.
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