There’s hope yet for Mindhunter Season 3 to happen… someday. Maybe. Potentially.
Fans were deflated when news broke last year that, after the release of the second season of David Fincher’s Netflix serial killer series, the streaming service was releasing the actors from their contracts and putting the show on “indefinite hiatus.” Reports swirled that Fincher was exhausted by the production of Season 2 and wasn’t itching to spend another two years making Season 3 right away, and instead he made a new movie – the upcoming Netflix feature Mank.
Reports suggest the show may not be coming back…
Last month, while promoting Mank, Fincher said it didn’t make a ton of sense to move forward with a third season of Mindhunter noting that for the viewership it had, it was an expensive series. He seemed to suggest Netflix was open to continuing, but in a new interview with Variety he confirms that Season 2 pretty much wiped him out:
It’s important to note that while Mindhunter was created by Joe Penhall, Fincher was essentially the showrunner of the series during Season 1 and Season 2. So when he wasn’t directing, he was still overseeing the series, and it took a lot out of him. Variety describes Season 2 as “a nightmare” to produce, noting that Fincher fired the original showrunner and tossed out eight scripts.
Courtenay Miles ended up serving as the head writer on Season 2, spearheading a stellar season-long arc about the Atlanta Child Murders that also delved deeper into the interior life of FBI Agent Bill Tensch (Holt McCallany). It was a great, engrossing season with terrific performances from McCallany, Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv and exacting filmmaking, but it’s easy to understand from Fincher’s perspective how he might feel a little frustrated – movies are his passion, and each season of Mindhunter knocks off two years of his professional life.
“At some point I’d love to revisit it,” says Fincher. “The hope was to get all the way up to the late 90’s, early 2000’s, hopefully get all the way up to people knocking on the door at Dennis Rader’s house.”
Indeed, since the beginning of Season 1, Mindhunter has had these little vignettes about Dennis Rader – aka the BTK Killer – who notoriously eluded authorities for decades. So it sounds like the endgame was for that to pay off in the final season.
As a huge fan of Fincher’s work and Mindhunter, I don’t necessarily want to see what Mindhunter looks like without his intense involvement, but I also want to see more David Fincher movies. So I understand the position he’s in, and hope that maybe in a few years he’ll feel like putting together maybe two final seasons shot back-to-back that bring the show to a close. Fingers crossed.