As Netflix’s catalogue of true crime continues to grow with the likes of the Bonnie and Clyde chase story The Highwaymen, and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile with Zac Efron as mass murder Ted Bundy, the return of Mindhunter adds to a diverse stock of streaming titles about murder and the minds of those who commit such horrific and unthinkable crimes.
Nearly two years in the making, executive producer Charlize Theron recently announced that season two of Mindhunter will premiere on Netflix sometime in August. The return of the David Fincher brainchild promises to be yet another summer highlight for the streaming service. With Stranger Things 3 premiering in July, the August release of Mindhunter season two will ensure that subscribers continue to binge Netflix originals with feverish delight.
In the spirit of providing a fan service re-cap, season one is about the obscure history of the FBI’s criminal profiling division (Behavioural Science Unit). As season one opened with a true heart thumper of an episode, the series didn’t disappoint. In David Fincher fashion, season one provided for a slow-burning pace of intrigue and psychology. Starring Jonathan Groff as FBI agent Holden Ford and Holt McCallany as Agent Bill Tench, the series is a deep and haunting dive into the criminal mind. Like Jodie Foster’s Clarice in Silence of the Lambs (1991), the agents of Mindhunter interview a series of serial killers to understand the inner workings of their mind. In the words of lead agent Ford “How do we get ahead of crazy, if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”
To Netfix and Fincher’s credit, not much is known about season two, other than the fact that it’s happening; renewed before season one launched in October 2017. Creating deep suspense and intrigue about the potential of the series’ direction, Fincher has only noted this. In an interview with Billboard magazine in 2017, Fincher asserted that “next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”
Needless to say, August can’t come soon enough.
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