- Mindhunter season 2 is now on Netflix
- The season continues the story of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench
- Here’s what might happen in a possible third season
Mindhunter season 2 has officially dropped on Netflix, and after 470 glorious minutes of true-crime drama, you’re now staring at the screen, wanting more. While there are plenty of other amazing serial killer series to check out, there’s nothing quite like watching Holden gleefully smile while Bill disapprovingly scoffs.
And right around now we’re all asking the same question: when will we get to see more smiling and scoffing?
Will there be a third season?
Netflix has not officially confirmed a third season, but according to some cast of the show, the interest is certainly there. Holt McCallany, who plays Bill Tench, told ScreenRant that series producer David Fincher “wants to do five years of this show. Five seasons of these characters.”
If that’s true (and if Netflix is game), we may be getting three more installments of the crime series. Though, given that production on season 2 left a two year gap in between seasons, if season 3 is approved, we’ll probably have to wait until 2021 before rejoining Holden and Bill.
Luckily for us, the real-life story of Holden and Bill contains more than enough material for three more seasons.
What will Season 3 be about?
The first season of the show drew on primary-source inspiration from FBI agent John Douglas’ work Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, which he wrote with Mark Olshaker. The book chronicles Douglas’ and partner Robert K. Ressler’s travels across the United States, during which they interviewed incarcerated serial killers. Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is loosely based on Douglas and Bill Tench (McCallany) on Ressler. The series was set in 1977, when Douglas joined the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.
In the second season, the show jumps forward to 1981, following another case that Douglas worked: the Atlanta Child Murders. The murders are also featured in Douglas’ book.
Even if the Netflix series moves beyond that original source material, there’s still plenty of FBI Behavioral Science history to cover.
Following Mindhunter, Douglas wrote a book about his work profiling the BTK killer, Dennis Rader, another character we see in both seasons 1 and 2. Rader, however, wasn’t apprehended until 2005, ten years after Douglas retired. Since retirement, Douglas has worked as an occasional advisor on law enforcement efforts. Douglas’ own personal history contains more than enough experience and history to inform another few seasons of the series.
The only downside of taking the series decades into the future is that we may have to say goodbye to Jonathan Groff should his character age any more. We’d definitely miss that gleeful smile.