A Mindhunter is a terrible thing to waste but it appears that anyone waiting for a third series of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series will not be brainstorming it for some time to come. Though it’s not ‘cancelled’ the cast of the series, including Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv have all been released from their current contracts after it became clear that Executive Producer David Fincher is too busy with other projects to do a new season any time in the immediate future.
“David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots,” a Netflix rep said in a statement. “He may revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn’t fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work while he was exploring new work of his own.”
This follows reports that there had been ‘no meaningful discussions about the third season’.
The series, filmed mainly in Pittsburgh, follows the early days of the FBI‘s Behavioral Science Unit as they struggle to set up a protocol for tracking the behaviour and patterns of serial killers. Though there is a fictional element to the show it based around several factual events and the real problems the unit faced in its infancy. (Several of the interviews, with killers such as Ed Kemper are based on actual transcripts etc). Season Two, which aired last year, featured convicted killers such as Charles Manson, David Berkowitz (aka ‘Son of Sam’) and also Wayne Williams (who was long-suspected of the Atlanta Child Murders in the the late 1980s but was convicted of two adult murders but never officially charged with the child deaths though the FBI remained convinced of his guilt.
Despite strong reviews, the longer the period between the second and any potential third run decreases the chance it will happen as cast will move on to other projects and viewers will find other shows to binge-watch, losing any momentum that the slow-burn Mindhunter had achieved to date.