Season 1 of Mindhunter feels like a lifetime ago. Not long after the David Fincher true-crime series premiered on Netflix in the fall of 2017, the streaming giant announced it had already renewed the show for a second season.
We need to talk to more subjects. pic.twitter.com/7pTnxAhM0G— MINDHUNTER (@MINDHUNTER_) November 30, 2017
Friends, season 2 wrapped production in December 2018, which means you’ll have to block out an entire weekend (or longer) to binge the new episodes and prepare for the many terrifying, sleepless nights ahead. (Worth it though.) Here’s what we know about season 2 so far:
THE FIRST TRAILER IS HERE.
HELLO. The first trailer just dropped, and it looks super intense. First, there’s a totally new character in it, a woman (who might end up being a victim of one of this season’s killers).
There’s some banter between Ed Kemper and Holden/Bill, so it looks like they visit him at least once. There’s also a scene of Holden in the hospital, probably after that whole panic attack situation. Check it out.
It’s coming to Netflix in August.
As announced by exec producer David Fincher on KCRW’s podcast The Treatment, season 2 will premiere August 16! But unlike the first season, season 2 will reportedly have 8 episodes, not 10.
Much of the main cast is expected to be back.
How else would you explain this set photo of Jonathan Groff in a Christmas tree costume?
But seriously, assuming that Jonathan’s character, Holden Ford, recovers from his panic attack in the season 1 finale, expect him to continue his FBI work with serial killers.
The season 2 plot will center around the Atlanta Child Murders.
This means a slight time jump between seasons, given that the murders occurred between 1979 and 1981 and season 1 took place in 1977.
This plot was first revealed by Fincher and composer Jason Hill in an interview with Billboard in October 2017, when season 1 premiered. “Next year, we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African American music, which will be nice,” Fincher said at the time. “The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”
The show will also dive into the minds of serial killers Charles Manson and Son of Sam.
Although both were mentioned throughout the first season, Manson and David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, never had scenes on the show. But according to John E. Douglas, whose book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit inspired the TV series, both will be featured in season 2. In August 2018, Collider reported that Australian actor Damon Herriman will play Manson. Herriman just played Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, and you’re about to see why.
It already looks creepy AF.
Netflix released its first pics of the upcoming season, featuring Damon Herriman looking horrifyingly similar to Charles Manson:
I mean, no wonder the guy got cast as Manson twice.
Then there’s a look at the central Atlanta Child Murders plotline with a “missing children” board that already makes me want to cry:
There’s also a pic of Bill and Holden back together again, which would almost be cute if it weren’t for all the murder:
But what about the BTK killer who closed the season 1 finale?
Recall: In the final moments of the season 1 finale, the ADT serviceman was seen burning evidence—sadistic drawings of women—in Park City, Kansas. This is believed to be a portrayal of Dennis Rader, who was known as the BTK (“Bind, Torture, Kill”) Strangler, a serial killer who murdered 10 people in Wichita, Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. With the time jump to the Atlanta Child Murders, it’s unclear if the BTK killer story line will still string the new episodes together like it did in season 1 (the character opened several episodes).
As TV Guide points out, Douglas (the real-life FBI agent who inspired the Holden character), wrote a book called Inside the Mind of BTK in 2007 following decades of intrigue.
Serial killer Ed Kemper will likely sit this one out.
Despite being part of arguably the tensest scene in the season 1 finale (a hug at the hospital, leading to Holden’s breakdown in the hallway), Ed is not expected to be back...at least, not according to actor Cameron Britton. “I have absolutely no idea whether or not I am in it…because there are so many serial killers that the guys at the FBI have to interview,” he told TV Guide. However, he was in that trailer, so we’ll see how much he actually appears in the season.
If all goes well, Mindhunter will have at least five seasons.
Holt McCallany, who plays Holden’s partner Bill Tench, told Screen Rant that Fincher is game for “five years of this show, five seasons of these characters.” Imagine?
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