Mindhunter season 3: Everything you need to know

Abby Robinson
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The second season of crime thriller Mindhunter only hit Netflix back on Friday (August 16), but many of you have already torn through all nine episodes at lightning speed and are looking ahead to the show's future.

So, has Netflix given season three the green light?

The answer, unfortunately, is no (at the moment), but Holt McCallany, who plays Special Agent Bill Tench, previously told Pop Culture that he is not only hopeful of a third season, but two more on top of that.

"I don't think anybody knows right now, in August of 2019, exactly what lies in store for Holden and Bill, and Wendy," he said. "We are hopeful that we will get to do the whole five seasons because the audience seems to have really responded to the show, people really like the show. And we're very proud of the show, and very excited to keep making the show."

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We all know that Netflix isn't afraid to cancel big titles (Santa Clarita Diet, Designated Survivor and The OA recently fell victim to the chop), but canning Mindhunter at this stage could well be the final straw for many of the platform's subscribers.

Here's everything you need to know about Mindhunter season three.

Mindhunter season 3 release date: When will it premiere?

Season one exploded onto screens all the way back in October 2017, but we then had to wait until August this year (2019) for the second chapter, which was nothing short of agonising.

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The level of detail and research required to make Mindhunter is extensive, so we're predicting another long wait.

Mindhunter season 3 cast: Who's in it?

If we get a renewal, we'd expect to see Special Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) back on our screens, alongside psychology professor / FBI consultant Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), Special Agent Gregg Smith (Joe Tuttle), Bill's wife Nancy (Stacey Roca), FBI Chief Ted Gunn (Michael Cerveris), Bill and Nancy's adopted son Brian (Zachary Scott Ross), and the "BTK killer" / Dennis Rader (Sonny Valicenti).

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There's also a possibility we could see Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) once again, as well as a whole host of other serial killers that Holden and Bill haven't yet interviewed.

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Special Agent Jim Barney (Albert Jones) appeared briefly in season one, when he interviewed for a job opening in the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit, but was pipped to the post by Gregg. He did, however, feature heavily in season two during the Atlanta child murders investigation. Whether we'll see him again remains to be seen.

But it feels unlikely that Holden's former love interest Debbie Mitford (Hannah Gross), who didn't pop up at all in season two, or Lauren Glazier, who played Kay Manz, the bartender Wendy had a brief relationship with, will return.

Mindhunter season 3 episodes: How many will there be?

The first season had ten episodes, while season two went one fewer – so at this moment in time, your guess is as good as ours.

Mindhunter season 3 serial killers: Who will feature?

The first two seasons have included a number of serial killers, each with their individual stories, compulsions and modus operandi. Alongside Ed Kemper and Dennis Rader, we've seen the likes of Jerome "Jerry" Brudos, David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Montie Rissell and Richard Speck.

If season three gets the go ahead, Rader will definitely be back, and there's a chance Kemper will also. But what about the show's new recruits?

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Viewers have been speculating about which serial killers could make an appearance and Ted Bundy's name has been floated.

Related: Did you spot this Mindhunter link in Netflix's Ted Bundy Tapes?

Season two was set between 1980–81, during which time Bundy was in prison. He remained behind bars for nine years until he was executed via the electric chair in 1989 at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida after eventually admitting to 30 murders, although it's believed that he was responsible for more.

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There's also a thread on Reddit in which people have been making their predictions. The likes of Robert Hansen, "Butcher Baker", Gary Ridgway, "Green River Killer", Richard Ramirez, "Night Stalker", and Jeffrey Dahmer, "Milwaukee Cannibal" / "Milwaukee Monster", are all names that have been mentioned.

Serial killers were prolific in the 1980s, according to the BBC"There were at least 200 such murderers operating in the United States alone – So Mindhunter creator Joe Penhall and director David Fincher certainly have a wealth of names to choose from.

But which subjects will be selected depends on season three's time frame.

Mindhunter season 3 trailer: When can I watch it?


With season three currently unconfirmed, we don't even know if we're getting a new trailer at this point.

But if it does arrive (usually in the month leading up to the premiere), we'll pop it right here, just for you.

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