Some disappointing news for fans of Netflix's Mindhunter arrived this week, with Deadline reporting that the series has been placed on "indefinite hold" while showrunner and director David Fincher is busy with other projects.
Season 2 of Fincher's crime drama series, based on the book of the same name by FBI agent Jonathan Douglas (the inspiration for Holden Ford), dropped a little over five months ago, but chatter regarding a third season was muted. There didn't seem to be any great enthusiasm from Netflix to pursue a follow-up, with the streaming giant notorious for canning shows after their second or third seasons, even when they have plenty of unresolved storylines to wrap-up.
For once, though, Netflix does not appear to be the culprit behind Mindhunter's imposed hiatus. In a statement released to Deadline, the streaming service stated that "David [Fincher] is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots," before adding that "he may revisit Mindhunter again in the future."
In the meantime, the cast of the show have been released to pursue other projects.
The chance of Mindhunter returning at some point in the future is at least some consolation, but it's unclear when, or even if, that revival could occur. There are still so many plot-threads left to uncover, let alone the fact that Douglas' book has plenty more material left to mine. Currently unresolved plot-threads include Bill Tench's wife and son leaving him at the end of Season 2, as well as the looming threat of BTK. Douglas' book also saw the agent interview killers like John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy, figures future seasons would no doubt have addressed.
At the very least, Deadline's article does say that the cast "love" working with Fincher. Here's hoping scheduling conflicts don't derail a revival - if one ever comes - in the future. (Hopefully the near future.)
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