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Bad news from David Fincher about whether his Netflix series Mindhunter will ever return

Published Feb 21st, 2023 4:46PM EST
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Mindhunter is one of the rare Netflix series where critics and viewers are both in near total alignment, with scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the 2-season cult favorite crime series still hovering near 100% on Rotten Tomatoes almost six years after the show’s debut. However, for anyone who’s been holding out hope all this time that this dark gem from executive producer David Fincher would ever come back to the streaming giant for a third season — we’ve got some bad news.

Mindhunter Netflix series won’t get a Season 3

The writing has actually kind of been on the wall for a while now, as Fincher has moved on to other projects, and we’re coming up on four years since the release of Season 2 of Mindhunter (which stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as FBI agents). In a new interview with a French publication, though, Fincher makes it official: There probably won’t ever be a third season.

The interesting twist, however, is whose fault it is. Fincher, for his part, blames it on Netflix. “I’m very proud of the first two seasons,” Fincher said in the interview with the French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. “But it is a particularly expensive show and, in the eyes of Netflix, we did not attract a large enough audience to justify such an investment.

“I don’t blame them. They took risks to launch the series, gave me the means to do as I dreamed with Mank, and they allowed me to venture on new paths with The Killer [Fincher’s thriller starring Michael Fassbender as a hitman, coming in November].”

More Netflix series like Mindhunter to check out

Everyone kind of already assumed this, but this is the first time Fincher himself has seemed to close the door for good on making any more episodes of Mindhunter, to the chagrin of fans who loved the way it was a show as much about probing the human psyche and an innovative approach to crime-solving as it was the typical fare about killers.

If dark thrillers like Mindhunter are what you love, however, the good news is that there are still plenty of those kinds of titles to check out on Netflix that will definitely scratch that itch. Some that Netflix itself recommends for viewers of Mindhunter include:

You

The Penn Badgley-led thriller is coming back for Part 2 of its fourth season on March 9. This time around, the internet’s favorite stalker-killer is living and teaching in London, where another killer is on the loose.

The Serpent

Inspired by real events, this Netflix series tells the story of a serial conman and killer — and the scramble to bring him to justice.

Dahmer

Who knew Ryan Murphy’s dramatization of the crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer would turn into one of Netflix’s biggest hits of all time?

The show, starring Evan Peters in the title role, garnered more than 856 million hours viewed during its first month of streaming availability on Netflix. That makes it the third biggest Netflix release of all time, according to the company. True crime on Netflix doesn’t come darker or apparently more binge-worthy than this.

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