It does sound as though Fincher has decisively closed the door on a third season of Mindhunter, which of course is bad news for fans who were hoping for more of the show’s unique and spine-tingling approach to drama. The apparent end of Mindhunter does unfortunately leave a lot of loose ends, with no resolution at all for the show’s set-up of the BTK investigation (which in fairness would’ve taken multiple seasons to play out given that BTK wasn’t actually caught until 2005).
Unfortunately some bad news has arrived for aficionados of serial killer cases and finely crafted investigative drama: Fincher himself has indicated that season 3 of Mindhunter will not be coming after all. Speaking to Vulture, Fincher addressed the show’s future and delivered what sounds like a knock-out blow when asked straight out if Mindhunter is “done.”
I think probably. Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was an expensive show. 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 about dollars have to equal eyeballs.
It’s sad that audiences will never get to see what great moments Fincher would’ve realized if given more seasons to work with, but at least they got the 2 seasons of prime Fincher storytelling that Mindhunter delivered. And of course, until Netflix officially announces the show’s cancellation, there’s always that glimmer of hope that Fincher could choose to revisit the series.