Netflix's serial killer drama series Mindhunter is set to return for season 2 in 2019. Written by Joe Penhall (The Road) and Jennifer Haley (Hemlock Grove), and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac), Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an ambitious young FBI agent with a hunger to get to the heart of what makes serial killers tick.
In season 1, Holden gave his colleagues in the Behavioral Science Unit, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) increasing cause for concern as he went to great lengths to put serial killers at ease in order to earn their trust. Mindhunter is based on a book of the same name by former FBI agent John Douglas, who interviewed some of America's most notorious serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. Mindhunter season 1 dug into the chilling psychology of some of these killers, so what should fans expect from season 2?
Mindhunter Season 2 Has Been Confirmed By Netflix
Mindhunter season 1 received rave reviews from critics upon its release on October 2017, and a month later Netflix officially ordered a second season, which will consist of eight episodes (two fewer than season 1). In Mindhunter season 2, Fincher will be joined in his directing duties by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Robert Ford by the Coward Jesse James) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards). Holt McCannally has said that Fincher wants to make five seasons of Mindhunter in total, and there's certainly enough material in the book for further seasons, if Netflix chooses to continue with the show beyond season 2.
Mindhunter Season 2 Will Release In 2019
Filming for Mindhunter season 2 began in summer 2018 and wrapped in early December. While there's no official release date as yet, it's virtually guaranteed to release in 2019. Since Mindhunter season 1 was released on October 13, 2017, Netflix may choose to stick with a fall release schedule for the show. However, Mindhunter season 2 could feasibly arrive earlier than that - perhaps in summer 2019 rather than the fall.
What Is The Story Of Mindhunter Season 2?
David Fincher has confirmed that Mindhunter season 2 will look at the Atlanta child murders, a series of killings between 1979 and 1981, in which 28 African-American children, teens, and young adults were murdered. Chillingly, while Wayne Williams was convicted for two of the murders, John Douglas believes that there were other offenders and Williams himself maintains his innocence to this day.
As in season 1, Mindhunter season 2 will deal with multiple different serial killers - including Charles Manson, who will be played by Damon Herriman. Herriman is also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. According to casting breakdowns, the second season of the show will also feature David Berkowitz a.k.a. The Son of Sam, Tex Watson, Elmer Wayne Hanley, William Pierce Jr., William Henry Henry, and Paul Bateson.
Mindhunter season 2 will also continue the series' over-arching storyline related to Dennis Rader a.k.a. the BTK Killer (Sonny Valicenti). The goal of the Behavioral Science Unit's work is to figure out how captured serial killers' minds work in order to more efficiently track down at-large serial killers and put a stop to their murder sprees. However, since Rader wasn't apprehended until 2005, viewers probably shouldn't expect that particular storyline to be resolved in season 2.