We’re done with the waiting so hopefully, Netflix isn’t going to make us wait another 22 months for another round of Mindhunter! After another excellent season, fans will be wondering what can we expect from the next season and when it will be released. We’ll be keeping you up to date till the very release of the third season with all the information you’ll need to know including the trailer, plot, cast, and release date.
Mindhunter is a Netflix Original crime-drama series based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The series was an instant hit when it released in October 2017. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about subscribers and Netflix is that they love a tale about serial killers.
Who will be in the cast of Mindhunter season 3?
The following cast members can be expected to return for the third season of Mindhunter:
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|Holden Ford||Jonathan Groff||Frozen | Glee | Looking|
|Bill Tench||Holt McCallany||The Losers | Fight Club | Shot Caller|
|Dr. Wendy Carr||Anna Torv||Fringe | Heavenly Sword | Secret City|
|Gregg Smith||Joe Tuttle||As the World Turns | The Blacklist | Boardwalk Empire|
|Assistant Director Gunn||Michael Cerveris||Ant-Man and the Wasp | The Mexican | Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant|
It’s unclear if any of the serial killers interviewed in the series will make a return. Ed Kemper is arguably the “fan favorite” by this point so he could make another appearance
What is the production status of Mindhunter season 3?
Official Production Status: Waiting on Renewal (Last Updated: 22/08/2019)
We’re still waiting on confirmation that Mindhunter will be returning for a third season.
Not to worry though we are 100% confident that the series will be returning for a third outing.
Mindhunter season 2 plot recap
The events of the second season mostly revolved around the Atlanta Murders.
After recovering from his panic attack, Holden was able to get himself back out in the field. Once again his instincts are correct after he was successfully able to profile the murderer, Wayne Williams. Prior to the arrest of Williams, Holden once again let his ego run amok getting both himself and the Behavioral Science Unit into trouble. In the end, his actions were justified after Williams was arrested.
Despite Williams capture, he was only charged with two of the twenty-four murders he was suspected of. This left the remaining cases of the murdered children open and was left to be dealt with by local Police Departments with no further involvement by the FBI. This clearly left Holden dejected after he had made the promise to the mothers of the murdered children that the FBI would bring justice to their families.
After beginning the season as a loving family, by season’s end, the Tench family has been torn apart.
When it was discovered that Brian was involved in the murder of a toddler, both Bill and Nancy struggled to come to terms with what happened.
Bill struggled to balance his home life and working the case in Atlanta. Ultimately this leads to Nancy becoming distant from Bill, doing less and less for her husband. It also reached the point that Nancy is thankful that Brian is adopted and not biologically theirs so they can’t be blamed for how he turns out.
Knowing the signs and steps of how children go on to become serial killers, Bill is terrified that he and Nancy were bad parents, but also ponders whether or not Brian’s behavior could be biological. Regardless he continues to try and be a good father to an increasingly distant son.
By the end of the season, Nancy has fled their home with Brian in tow. With a broken family and an increasingly distant adoptive mother, all the signs are pointing towards Brian going down the same route as many of the serial killers his father interviews.
Dr. Wendy Carr
Carr was able to experience being out in the field for the first time when she conducted interviews with serial killers Paul Bateson and Elmer Wayne Henley. When Gregg choked on his questioning, Carr took the lead. Despite the fact she unable to uncover the real crux of the information she was looking for, Carr proved she was more than capable to be out in the field. She made it abundantly clear to Assistant Director Gunn, that her place was not just in some dusty FBI basement, but out in the field like Ford and Tench.
Throughout the season Carr also went on a journey of self-discovery and becoming more in touch with her sexuality. Her relationship with bartender Kay Mason soon came to a swift end after Carr felt manipulated by her girlfriend. Kay tried to explain to Carr that she had no choice but to manipulate her ex-husband so she can see her son. Carr refused to accept this and accused Carr of having an “inauthentic relationship.” Much of Carr’s anger could be credited to her own issues and her struggles to open up to her sexuality.
By the end of the season, Carr was throwing out the magazines that Kay would read, showcasing she is moving on from her ex.
What to expect from the third season
There should be plenty to look forward to in the third season of Mindhunter.
Ford was able to recover from his panic disorder rather easily so it’s unclear if they’ll come back to that narrative. His trust in the system will certainly have been shaken after the FBI’s involvement in the Atlanta Murders was dropped. We’re expecting Ford to be even more dedicated to his work, to the point where he may push the ethical boundaries to their limits.
Tench will be heartbroken that Nancy left him at the end of the second season. We’re likely to see Tench fighting himself with what he wants at this stage in his career, does he keep on the road and stay dedicated to their research or does he try to get back into Nancy’s good books and take-up a desk job at the Bureau to be closer to home. Alternatively, he may become a teacher to other federal agents joining behavioral science unit.
If Tench isn’t going to be on the road then Carr will be more than happy to take his place. She did well in her first interviews but isn’t able to get information out of serial killers the way Ford does. If she can go out on the road with Ford she can learn from directly from him. There’s also the matter of her sexuality which is still secret, her coming out as homosexual may have a massive impact on her career and place in the FBI.
Which serial killers can we expect to see?
Throughout the 1980s there was an astounding amount of serial killer activity. One such killer we expect to be interviewed or for the series to potentially be revolved around is Robert Hanson who is known as the “Butcher Baker.”
Hansen went on a killing spree around Anchorage, Alaska murdering and raping women. He was reported to have raped and assaulted over 30 women and believed to have murdered at least 17 of them. These crimes took place from 1971 until he was apprehended in 1983.
The FBI had a hand in capturing Hansen when Detective Glenn Flothe of the Alaskan State Troopers was on the team looking into the several missing bodies found around Anchorage. To help find the killer, Flothe enlisted the help of Special Agent Roy Hazelwood to profile the killer.
It wasn’t long before all of the bodies were traced back to Hansen. Denying his crimes at first, during a search of Hansen’s property, car, and plane, items of the victims were found along with firearms and an aviation map with “x” marks that matched where bodies of the victims were found.
Other murderers that could feature in season 3
The following murderers could be featured in the next season of Mindhunter. All of the murderers/serial killers were mentioned in the book of which Mindhunter is based on.
- David Carpenter
- Carmine Calabro
- Darrel Gene Devier
- Gary Trapnell (Hijacking and kidnapping)
- Paul Main
Over the years a developing their technique on how to profile serial killers, the FBI interviewed dozens of convicts.
Are there any image or stills of Mindhunter season 3?
We won’t be seeing any promotional material of the next season for a while.
How many episodes will the third season of Mindhunter air?
The first season launched with ten episodes but the second season dropped to nine.
We expect to see Mindhunter arrive with of least eight episodes.
What will the episode run times be?
Episode run times vary from episode to episode. The shortest episodes are around 45 to 50 minutes, meanwhile, the longest episodes are around 70 minutes.
Will the third season be available in 4K?
Every season of Mindhunter has been shot in 4K, therefore, season 3 will be available to stream in 4K.
Has Netflix dropped a trailer for Mindhunter season 3?
Considering we’re still waiting on renewal don’t expect to see a trailer anytime soon. For now of least, here’s a video on the real-life killers of the second season.
When is the Netflix release date for Mindhunter season 3?
If the gap between the first and second is anything to go by we could be waiting a long time for the third season.
There were 22 months in between the release dates of season 1 and 2, and if the third season were to follow suit then the next season of Mindhunter won’t arrive until June 2021.
We never expected such a long wait and we feel the exact same way about the third season. There is every chance that the third season could arrive in 2020 but you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed.
Potential Release Date: Summer 2021
Will the third season of Mindhunter be the last?
If public perception of Netflix is anything to go by, then many will be expecting the third season to be the last.
Going by what we’ve seen of the story, we aren’t expecting the series to go beyond more than four seasons.
Fans will obviously be disappointed if the third season is the last, but as long as they can conclude the story then most will be satisfied.
There’s no official confirmation on the future of the series as of yet, but we’ll be learning more soon.
What would you like to see in the third season of Mindhunter? Let us know in the comments below!