‘Mindhunter Season 3’ Might Never Happen

Sarah O NeillSarah O Neill in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 17.01.20

Mindhunter is basically ‘The Avengers’ for true crime fans.

Apart from that being the worst sentence I’ve ever written, it is somewhat true; all the big names you’ve heard in your true crime podcasts gathered under one roof.


And without the calm voices of either two drunk women, or 100 loud men to soften the blow of the grisly details, Mindhunter has been one of the stand-out pieces of true crime to come out in recent years.

Has Mindhunter been cancelled?

No, but it’s come as shock that the show has been put on ‘indefinite hold’ following the release of its second season.

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According to TVLine, this is due to scheduling conflicts with other projects lead by executive producer David Fincher. Cast members Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv have all been currently released from their contracts, although this doesn’t mean the show is necessarily off the air waves for good.

A Netflix rep reported:

David is focused on directing his first Netflix film ‘Mank’ and on producing the second season on ‘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.”

Great. What am I supposed to do now?

What is Mindhunter about?

The show follows FBI agents Holden Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, and Holt McCallany’s Bill Tench, who team up with Psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) to interview suspected serial murders. Operating the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit, the group interview imprisoned killers to create detailed profiles of the mindsets, and behaviours, in order to better catch future murders.

Season two was left on a bit of a cliff hanger, so fans are eager to see the conclusion. Set in 1980 through 1981, the most recent series covered the Atlanta murders of 1979-81. This was based on the real case of Wayne Williams, who was charged for the murder of two adult men, but was never found guilty of killing at least 28 children and adolescents.


Understandably, news of season three’s limbo status has caused quite a stir among fans on social media:

So what does this mean for the show?

It doesn’t necessarily mean the show is cancelled forever. David Fincher has shown interest in reviving the series at a later date.

He had previously promised that the show would run for at least five series; season one was released in October 2017, and season 2 in August 2019, almost two years later. So a similar wait for season three would not be surprising.

But if you can’t wait that long, Netflix has plenty of other true crime shows to keep you hooked.


If you’re looking for a show with a little more longevity, You has had its third series confirmed.

Returning in 2021, the show will continue to follow the stalker/murderer/obsessive triple-threat of Joe as he settles into domestic life.

Or if it’s a docu-series you’re after , Dream/Killer‘ may be your next true crime fix. The documentary follows a father’s relentless attempt to have his son acquitted of a murder charge. Facing 40 year in prison, Ryan Ferguson was charged with he crime based on the dream of his supposed accomplice.

One person reported that: “‘Dream/Killer is by far, one of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched.”

So seems like with every cracking show Netflix giveth, it taketh one away. Although there’s plenty to fill the Mindhunter-shaped void left behind.