Don’t expect a season 3 of Netflix’s disturbing Mindhunter serial killer series to be happening…like at all.
Season 2 premiered on the streaming service 14 months ago and fans have been wondering what the status of season 3 would be. Red flags rose when series stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv, were released from their contracts in January and the show was put on “indefinite hold.” Now, David Fincher, Mindhunter’s executive producer, most frequent director, and de facto showrunner, has seemed to confirmed that the Pittsburgh-shot series is indeed two-and-done. “We lived there for almost three years,” he said during an interview about his new film Mank. “Not year in and year out, but … probably six or seven months a year … Mindhunter was a lot for me.”
Fincher divulged the show weighed on him heavily. So much so that the original season 2 layout displeased him so much he threw it completely out and started from scratch.
“Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show,” Fincher said. “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 — dollars have to equal eyeballs.” Apparently, that math does not work in Mindhunter’s favor, although Netflix is willing to keep the door a tiny crack open. Confirming that a third season was not in the offing, a spokesperson added, “Maybe in five years.”
So, while Mindhunter season 3 hasn’t been cancelled, there is no reason to be expecting it anytime soon, considering the team aren’t contracted and key personnel have been busy.
Nevertheless, the potential for a third season down the line isn’t worth ruling out entirely.