Will There Be A Mindhunter Season 3 On Netflix? Has The Show Been Cancelled?
Mindhunter is easily one of Netflix’s most interesting original shows. However, the whole thing was really masterminded by the iconic Hollywood director, David Fincher.
There had been reports that Mindhunter Season 3 wasn’t going to happen and that the show had been cancelled. However, those reports were pretty off the mark. What actually happened was that David Fincher felt the show took up too much of his time and he wanted to devote his time to other projects.
One of those projects was Mank, which landed on Netflix a few month back and was pretty good. Personally, it was one of my least favourite Fincher movies, but that’s probable because I wasn’t all that interested in the subject matter of the film.
Is Mindhunter Season 3 happening or not?
So, I suppose you all just want me to cut to the chase. OK, as it stands, Mindhunter is kind of on a break. It’s in a sort of limbo. It hasn’t been officially cancelled by Netflix. It’s really all up to David Fincher and whether he wants to take on a third season or not.
The truth is that Fincher is a perfectionist. If he feels a certain shot could be better, he will keep on shooting until he gets what he wants or realizes the first shot was what he wanted all along. He’s infamous for doing a lot of takes, and it sometimes means that his cast and crew are at their wits’ end while working on one of his projects.
Imagine what it must have been like working on a show with Fincher where they have to film multiple episodes. It must have been a bit of a nightmare. However, everyone involved in the show really wants a chance to come back and finish it properly.
There’s still some story to tell
That’s the other reason why I feel that Mindhunter Season 3 will happen. Fincher can’t leave things unfinished, and there’s a lot more story to tell. However, Fincher did reveal in an interview with Variety that making Season 2 pretty much wiped him out:
I certainly needed some time away. We had all hands on deck to finish [season two] and we didn’t have a ton of scripts and a ton of outlines and a bible standing by for season three. I’ll admit I was a little bit like ‘I don’t know that I’m ready to spend another two years in the crawl space.’
However, in that same interview, Fincher also revealed that he would like to come back to the series and get a chance to finish it properly:
At some point I’d love to revisit it. The hope was to get all the way up to the late 90’s, early 2000’s, hopefully get all the way up to people knocking on the door at Dennis Rader’s house.
So, this does make it seem as though the ball’s very much in Fincher’s court. Netflix seems to love working with the director and he’s signed an exclusivity deal with the streaming service. That seems to indicate that he likes working with them too.
Mindhunter Season 3 is very much up to Fincher
One of the things that people would really love to see the show cover is the BTK Killer. This is something that’s been teased since the beginning of Season 1. The show has had these little vignettes about Dennis Rader – aka the BTK Killer – who notoriously eluded authorities for decades. So it sounds like the endgame was for that to pay off in the final season.
There’s still so much story to tell in this show, and Netflix hasn’t cancelled the series, so I’m pretty sure it’ll return as some point in the future. The only question is when. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
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