Season one 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 that it had already renewed the show for a second season.
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Friends, season two 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 two so far:
1. It’s coming to Netflix this summer.
Netflix hasn’t yet made any official announcements on when season two will premiere, but executive producer Charlize Theron revealed that it’s coming in just a few months. During an interview on the Howard Stern Show, she said the show will hit Netflix in August. But unlike the first season, season two will reportedly have eight episodes, not 10.
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2. 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?
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But seriously, assuming that Groff’s character Holden Ford recovers from his panic attack in the season one finale, expect him to continue his FBI work with serial killers.
3. Speaking of which, the season two 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 one 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 one 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.”
4. 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 two. In August 2018, Collider reported that Australian actor Damon Herriman will play Manson. Herriman will also play Manson for a second time in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
5. But what about the BTK killer who closed the season one finale? Recall: in the final moments of the season one 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 storyline will still string the new episodes together like it did on season one (the character opened several episodes).
As TV Guide points out, John E. Douglas (the real-life FBI agent that inspired the Ford character), wrote a book called Inside the Mind of BTK in 2007 following decades of intrigue.
6. Serial killed Ed Kemper will likely sit this one out. Despite being part of arguably the most tense scene in the season one finale (a hug at the hospital, leading to Ford’s breakdown in the hallway), Ed Kemper 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.
7. If all goes well, Mindhunter will have at least five seasons. Holt McCallany, who plays Ford’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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