Season 2 of Mindhunter ended with several unresolved plotlines that could have played out in Season 3. According to series director David Fincher, it doesn’t seem likely that Mindhunter will ever get another season though. The Netflix series was put on indefinite hold, with the cast — Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv — released from their contracts to pursue other projects earlier this year.
The primary reason given for the show’s delay was that Fincher was too busy filming Mank to focus his energy on the psychological crime thriller. It was presumed that when he was done with the film (and he is now) that he would get back to working on Mindhunter Season 3. But, don’t hold your breath on that happening anytime soon, if ever. Fincher recently confirmed that he’s “probably” done with Mindhunter for good.
I think probably. Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was an expensive show. We talked about ‘Finish Mank and then see how you feel,’ but I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic about dollars have to equal eyeballs.
This is truly disappointing. The series was really great (for the most part) in its first two seasons and the anticipation for another season was high for those who watched the show. Netflix has been canceling previously renewed shows recently and budgets (which have increased due to implementing pandemic safety measures while filming) vs. viewership numbers have been cited as a reason. Now I’m thinking that, even if Mindhunter had been renewed for Season 3, Netflix figured the cost to produce the show wasn’t worth the effort.
Mindhunter also took a lot out of Fincher and, after finishing Season 2 (and working 90 hours a week), he says he didn’t know if he had it in him to do another season. A pity. Could Netflix still do the show without Fincher? Sure, but it won’t be the same. RIP Mindhunter and all the potential storylines we will probably never get to see.
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