Mindhunter Season 3 Has To Happen. Its Plot Sounds Amazing

Mindhunter Season 3 Has To Happen. Its Plot Sounds Amazing
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Now that Fincher is done with The Killer, we hope he will return to the subject of criminal profiling.


  • The Netflix-Fincher show Mindhunter ran for two seasons, which fans felt was not nearly enough.
  • While a third season was in the works, it was ultimately axed for two main reasons, one of which was a large budget.
  • The cancelled season would reportedly be even more expensive than previous installments, but that's exactly why it could become a game-changer for the show.

Netflix's partnership with legendary filmmaker David Fincher continues to yield encouraging results. Even though it was not the best of Fincher's films, the latest The Killer, starring Michael Fassbender, attracted more than enough eyeballs for the streaming giant to start planning more Fincher projects.

However, fans of the iconic director are hoping that instead of creating new stories, he will return to an old one. The psychological crime series Mindhunter, which revolved around the team that was at the origin of a behavioral unit in the FBI, ended too soon. Absolutely every viewer seems to agree that two seasons is not nearly enough.

What happened to Mindhunter Season 3?

After Mindhunter Season 2 aired on Netflix in 2019, Season 3 was on the cards and actively discussed. However, after a while, the show seemed to fall into production hell and was eventually forgotten about. There were two reasons for this.

First, Mindhunter was Fincher's brainchild, and the director spent every waking minute of his time on its production. Naturally, this became overwhelming over time and the filmmaker wanted to move on to other projects such as Mank, Love, Death and Robots Season 2 and The Killer.

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The second obstacle to Mindhunter's renewal was its budget/viewership ratio. It is no secret that the studio only renews projects that make them money. And Mindhunter, surprisingly, was not one of them.

'For the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show,' Fincher told Vulture. 'Dollars have to equal eyeballs.'

According to the reports, Season 3 would require an even bigger budget than its predecessors. That's why it was axed. But that's exactly why we hope it will still happen one day.

The Third Chapter Sounds Great

Andrew Dominik, the director of two episodes of Mindhunter Season 2, revealed in a chat with Collider that if it were to happen, the third storyline would see Jonathan Groff's Holden Ford and Holt McCallany's Bill Tench finally leave their basement and go to Hollywood to popularize criminal profiling.

The agents would hang out with big-name 1980s Hollywood directors as experts on their serial killer movies.

'One of them was going to be hooking up with Jonathan Demme and the other one was going to be hooking up with Michael Mann. And it was all going to be about profiling making it into the sort of zeitgeist, the public consciousness,' Dominik said.

Add to that Fincher's devotion to realism and detail, and this story of criminal profiling conquering 80s Hollywood is definitely something that could bring Mindhunter the audience and success it deserves.

Now that the acclaimed auteur is done with all the Netflix projects that were keeping him from focusing on Mindhunter, we hope he will think about returning to the subject of criminal science.

What about you? Are you hoping for Mindhunter Season 3?

Sources: Vulture, Collider.