Mindhunter Season 3 Release Date, Cast, Trailer & Plot

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When the second season of Mindhunter hit Netflix in August 2019, fans were quick to binge all nine episodes. Last year, it looked like Mindhunter season 3 could finally be on its way when Netflix teased that a special David Fincher announcement was going to happen on October 13. Fans were disappointed when they discovered that Fincher’s new project was not the third season of Mindhunter but a docuseries called Voir.

Mindhunter TV Series Overview

Mindhunter season 3 overview

Mindhunter is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The series is produced by David Fincher and stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Hannah Gross. It premiered on Netflix on October 13, 2017.

The first season follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). They interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think, hoping to apply this knowledge to solving ongoing cases. Along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), they create the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The series’ premise is loosely based on the experiences of real-life FBI agents John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who were pioneers in the field of criminal profiling. David Fincher, Charlize Theron, Joshua Donen, Cean Chaffin, and Douglas himself serve as executive producers on the show; Penhall is its showrunner.

On March 9, 2018, Netflix renewed Mindhunter for a second season. The second season was released on August 16, 2019. On January 13, 2020, it was announced that Mindhunter would not return for a third season and that David Fincher would instead focus on making his long-awaited film adaptation of the U.S. bestseller, Mank, for Netflix.

Series Name Mindhunter season 3
Genre Crime Drama/Psychological Thriller
Total Seasons   2
Origin USA
Original Network Netflix
Mindhunter Season 3 Release Date Unannounced

Has Mindhunter season 3 been Renewed?

Mindhunter season 3 Renewed

Netflix has not confirmed Mindhunter season 3 – and it seems unlikely they will. In an interview to promote his 2020 biopic film Mank, Mindhusnter’s creator David Fincher says the show is unlikely to see a third season. The team behind Mindhunter haven’t released much information about a potential Mindhunter season, but what little news we have received points towards cancellation.

The main cast of Mindhunter was let go from their contracts at the beginning of 2020, which led to speculation that season three might not happen anytime soon. A spokesperson for Netflix clarified that director David Fincher might return to work on Mindhunter in the future. Still, he didn’t want to ‘hold back the actors by keeping them under contract when they could seek other opportunities.

We were given an update on the series three-six months after it aired – but not a particularly helpful one. Erik Messerschmidt, season two’s cinematographer, said that he hopes for a third season but does not know what the show’s future holds.

David Fincher’s recent work on Mank and Love, Death, and Robots doesn’t allow much time for him to focus on Mindhunter. However, season three might grace our screens sooner than we think. The Hollywood Reporter states that despite being busy with other projects, Fincher has five seasons of Mindhunter mapped out.

Fassbender and Swinton are set to star in the adaptation of the French graphic novel series The Killer, which is currently in production. Filming wrapped on 28th March 2022. With this said, it’s possible that we could see more of Mindhunter in the future, although nothing is concrete.

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When will Mindhunter Season 3 filming begin?

Mindhunter Season 3 release date

There is no concrete information on when filming for Mindhunter season 3 will begin. Season two took eight months to film, so if season three were to follow a similar timeline, we would be years away from seeing any new episodes – if at all. Fincher only just finished filming his latest movie – The Killer – in March 2022. So announcements regarding potential progress on the third season will have to wait.

Mindhunter Season 3 Cast Potential Members

Mindhunter Season 3 Cast

If Mindhunter season 3 returns, the following actors could potentially return.

  • Anna Torv as Dr Wendy Carr
  • Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper
  • Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
  • Joe Tuttle as Greg Smith
  • Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford
  • Michael Cerveris as Ted Gunn
  • Sonny Valicenti as Dennis Rader/ADT Serviceman/BTK 
  • Stacey Roca as Nancy Tench

The decision has been made to let the contracts of lead actors Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv run out while Fincher concentrates on other projects. 

If he returns to Mindhunter, it’s possible he could still have his original cast, but he would need to schedule around them and their new acting projects.

Stacey Roca, promoted to series regular for season two, may return as Bill’s wife, Nancy Tench. Joe Tuttle and Michael Cerveris, both of whom likewise were promoted recently, also are potential returnees.

Perhaps we will see more of the show’s memorably horrifying serial killers in the future, such as Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton), Montie Rissell (Sam Strike) and Jerry Brudos (Happy Anderson). Furthermore, we think we would have witnessed more had Sonny Valicenti not been Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK serial killer.

Mindhunter Season 3 Plot

Mindhunter Season 3 plot

The story follows a psychologist who aids two FBI agents, Holden Ford and Bill Tench, in their journey to head the behavioral science unit located at the FBI Academy. To gain an understanding of serial killers, they first consult with them.

Mindhunter season 3 is speculated to take place in the early 1980s and possibly include serial killers that were active during that time, such as Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, Butcher Baker, Robert Hansen, Milwaukee Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, Night Stalker aka Richard Ramirez, and BRK killer.

Season three might explore the personal lives of our favourite Holden Ford, Bill Tench, and Dr Wendy Carr from the Behavioral Science Unit. The audience has been shown in previous seasons that these issues make for a compelling story.

In addition, the third season could explore Bill Tench’s son Brian, whom he adopted with his wife, Nancy. In season two, Brian witnesses a child murder which leaves him traumatized. This might make for a more exciting series. However, until now, the makers have not confirmed the storyline for the third season.

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Mindhunter Season 3 Trailer

Mindhunter Season 3 Trailer

The trailer for Mindhunter Season 3 has not been released yet, but hopefully, the makers will release it soon. After gazing into the show’s vogue, it is supposed to be the third season. However, the makers have confirmed no details, and viewers eagerly await more information about what is to come.

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