Mindhunter season 3 potential release date, cast, episodes, serial killers and everything you need to know.
- While fans are eagerly waiting, in January 2020, Netflix put Mindunter season 3 on indefinite hold.
- According to recent reports, David Fincher’s Mindhunter Season 3 is in an early stage of development.
Netflix’s gripping crime-thriller show Mindhunter is based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. It revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, along with psychologist Wendy Carr, who operates the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solve ongoing cases.
After the remarkable success of previous seasons, fans are eagerly waiting for the third season. However, in January 2020, Netflix put Mindhunter Season 3 on indefinite hold. The show is not technically cancelled – just that the cast and crew were released from their contracts).
At that time, Netflix insider told TVLine, “David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots, 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.”
The director David Fincher was busy with other projects and it is one of the reasons behind the delay of Mindhunter Season 3. He focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and Love, Death and Robots Season 2. Mank premiered on Netflix on Nov 13, 2020, and received positive reviews.
According to some reports, David Fincher’s Mindhunter Season 3 is in an early stage of development. However, these are not confirmed reports. Here’s what we know about the current status of the third season.
Has Netflix Cancelled Mindhunter?
Netflix hasn’t officially cancelled Mindhunter yet. A spokesperson confirmed that season 3 isn’t in the works right now, but noted that it could maybe happen in 5-10 years.
Netflix executives also have to look at the viewership of the series and analyze it with the cost of production. According to a report, Fincher confirmed that Mindhunter season 3 won’t happen in the near future. He makes an association between the viewership and the cost of production, stating “on some level, you have to be realistic – dollars have to equal eyeballs.”
One of the leads, Holt McCallany, who plays Special Agent Bill Tench, is optimistic about the show’s future. He told Pop Culture that he is not only hopeful of a third season, but of two more on top of that.
“We are hopeful that we will get to do the whole five seasons because the audience seems to have really responded to the show, people really like the show,” he said.
Last year, it looked like the third season could finally be greenlit when Netflix teased that a special David Fincher announcement was going to happen on October 13, 2021.
Something special is coming tomorrow from David Fincher… 👀
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) October 12, 2021
However, the hopes were quickly scrambled when it turned out that Fincher’s new project was instead the docuseries Voir.
However, the fans are still hopeful. as Fincher originally planned to make five seasons of Mindhunter. So, there is a good chance that the series could return.
What will be the Plot of Mindhunter Season 3?
Mindhunter’s first season took place in the late 1970s, with its second season picking up in the early 1980s. It’s reasonable to expect that Season 3 would take place in the early to mid-1980s. The likes of ‘Butcher Baker’ Robert Hansen, ‘Green River Killer’ Gary Ridgway, ‘Night Stalker’ Richard Ramirez and ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’ Jeffrey Dahmer and BRK Killer are all names that have been speculated.
Apart from the serial killers who play a key role in each season, the central cast of Mindhunter also has some issues of their own which will continue to be explored in future episodes. One twist that holds particularly powerful repercussions for season three revolves around Bill Tench’s son Brian and the child murder he witnessed midway through season two. So we’ve got to wait with bated breath for unravelling these answers.
Mindhunter Season 3 Cast
The core cast is likely to remain the same and we can surely expect a few high-profile additions. The lead actors such as Jonathan Groff (as Holden Ford), Holt McCallany (as Bill Tench), and Anna Torv (as Wendy Carr) will surely return. A look at a probable star cast for season 3.
- Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford
- Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
- Anna Torv as Wendy Carr
- Hannah Gross as Debbie Mitford
- Cotter Smith as Robert Shepard
- Stacey Roca as Nancy Tench
- Joe Tuttle as Gregg Smith
- Michael Cerveris as Ted Gunn
- Lauren Glazier as Kay Manz
- Albert Jones as Jim Barney
- Sierra McClain as Tanya Clifton
- June Carryl as Camille Bell
Is Season 3 already in production?
With regard to Netflix putting the show on hold indefinitely, a representative for Netflix told Thrillist, “[Fincher] 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.”
Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, who worked on much of Mindhunter and collaborated with Fincher again on movie name Mank, did admit to Thrillist in June 2020 that he doesn’t know what’s going on on with the series but would like to see it continue. He said, “I’ve heard things are on hold for a little bit. We’ll see. Who knows? But it would be an honour to go back.”
Tech Radar recorded that although Netflix hasn’t officially renewed the series for the third season, Mindhunter Season 3 is currently in its early stage of development. However, we believe that these reports are not true.
Recently, Mindhunter star Jonathan Groff told The Hollywood Reporter:
“To me, Mindhunter is Fincher. The whole experience for me was the honor and privilege of getting to work with him. So I’m not a sports person really at all, but it’s like the [1997-1998] Chicago Bulls. Do you go for another season with the team? Or do you just do what the general manager says? But if the general manager believes that it should stop, you have to go with the general manager. And this is how I feel with David. The minute he says he wants to do another one, I’ll be there in a second. But I trust his vision and his instincts, and so I leave it always in his hands, as ever.”
Well, this clearly indicates that the third season is not under production yet. The future of the series is in Fincher’s hands.
When Will Mindhunter Season 3 Premiere on Netflix?
Well, it’s impossible to predict the release date as there is no official announcement yet. Considering that Netflix announces the third season early next year, we can make a calculated guess on when the third season premieres on Netflix.
Season 1 of Mindhuster premiered in October 2017. Season 2 debuted on Netflix in August 2019, so fans are used to waiting. Considering that a season takes around 14 to 16 months from the pre-production stage to get ready for release, expect Mindhunter season 3 to release on Netflix in the second quarter of 2023.
With an IMDb rating of 8.6 and 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Mindhunter is one of the best crime investigation series out there. You can stream Season 1 and 2 on Netflix.