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Mindhunter Season 3: Premiere Date, Cast, Spoilers, Recap, Update

Updated October 13, 2019
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‘Mindhunter’ is an American crime drama web series that airs on Netflix. The series first premiered on October 13, 2017. It has been created for television by Joe Penhall and is inspired by the nonfiction book ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit’, by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

The series marked the return of David Fincher to the small screen after a long time, having helped create Netflix’s first original show, ‘House of Cards‘. This serial killer saga is one of the best Netflix originals and is entirely binge-worthy. The show turned decades of crime procedurals on their heads by not emphasizing on the act of murder but instead focusing on the behavioral science and why such heinious crimes are committed in the first place. There is a historical roadmap for the show to follow, of course, having been based on the book. The show has seen two successful season till now. Here’s everything we know about ‘Mindhunter’ season 3.

Mindhunter Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of the show is led by Johnathan Groff as Holden Ford, a Special Agent with the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit or BSU, and Holt McCallany, who appears as Bill Tench, a fellow special agent. Anna Torv appears as Wendy Carr, a psychologist who works at Boston University. Other cast members include Hannah Gross, who plays Ford’s girlfriend Debbie Mitford, Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper, Sam Strike as Monty Rissell. Kemper and Rissel both among the serial killers who are interviewed by Ford and Tench. Cotter Smith plays Shepard, a unit chief at the FBI Academy overseeing Ford, Tench, and Carr’s work. It would also be important to mention here that the characters of Carr, Tench, and Ford, are based on real-life people, namely Ann Wolbert Burgess, Robert K. Ressler, and John E. Douglas, respectively.

In season 2, Damon Herriman, who plays Charles Manson, was added to the cast. For those unaware, Manson was a cult leader, who apparently drew inspiration from an album by The Beatles and went on a murderous rampage whose victims included the likes of Sharon Tate, the wife of the acclaimed but controversial director, Roman Polanski. Film buffs might be interested to know that Herriman also plays the role of Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’.

Johnathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv are expected to return for season 3. Sonny Valicenti is also expected to play a major role in the next season.

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Mindhunter Plot: What is it about?

‘Mindhunter’ centers around two FBI agents who travel around the country to interview convicted serial killers to come up with a psychological profile of a serial killer and in the process also help out local law enforcement agencies with their cases. Their research, in real-life, was instrumental in the functioning of the BSU and is one of the earliest steps taken towards official profiling of the actions of a serial killer. Needless to say, the show takes the viewers deep into what goes on inside the minds of serial killers. We are shown how some of them can be volatile, while others can be perfectly cold and calculated. It might be a slow burner for some, but the psychological intensity makes it binge-worthy.

The series also does not glamorize any aspect of what is portrayed. There is no singular big bad guy or brilliant detective at work here. There are criminals, and then there are serial killers. The trick is to get inside their heads to figure out how they operate. The agents use this research in open cases as well, showing how profiling became a tool in crime solving in the USA.

Season 2 of the show focuses on the Atlanta child murders, which were committed between 1979 and 1981. The second season also brings in Charles Mansion, who was interviewed by FBI agents in real life too.

As far as season 3 goes, it will most likely focus on the killer seen mostly seen in opening segments of seasons one and two. Yes, we are talking about, Dennis Rader, best known as the BTK killer. The letters in the name stand for “Blind, Torture, Kill”, which should give you an idea of why he was such a terrifying figure. Though he began committing his crimes in 1974, he wasn’t actually arrested till 2005.

Moreover, it would be interesting to see the members of the BSU put together all the knowledge from the interviews, and actually apply it to capture a serial killer. The BTK killer has been teased to us for a long time. Over the initial season, the story set up his arc to become more and more sinister, and although it was easy to forget him once Tench and Ford took over, it will not be so easy once the killings start. As one of the most prolific serial killers in the history of America, the BTK will surely feature in the season 3 much more than he did in the first two seasons.

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Mindhunter Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 premiered on August 15, 2019. All the nine episodes were dropped on the same day.

As far the next season goes, Netflix hasn’t made an announcement yet. Though, just going by the fact that there’s still a lot of ground to cover in terms of how the profiling of serial killers helped FBI catch BTK killer. Also, the way season 2 ends, you can tell the show is far from over.

Now as far as the actual release date goes, the news is that there could be some delay because David Fincher is busy making his first film since Gone Girl. It’s titled ‘Mank’ and is being readied to release in 2020. So, based on this new information, ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 might premiere sometime in August, 2021. Don’t forget to bookmark this page for the latest updates on the show.

Mindhunter Trailer:

While we wait for ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3, check out the trailer for Season 2 below. If you have not watched ‘Mindhunter’ yet, check out all the previous episodes on Netflix.

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