Mindhunter Season 3? David Fincher Apparently Has Exact Seasons Planned For Netflix Show

Holt McCallany and Jonathan Goff in Mindhunter

Mindhunter has not officially been renewed for Season 3 on Netflix yet, but if director and executive producer David Fincher has his way, it will be renewed. In fact, allegedly the acclaimed director of the streaming series has a whole plan for Mindhunter, complete with an exact number of seasons he reportedly has in mind to complete the drama.

David Fincher isn’t the guy who spilled this secret, but according to actor Holt McCallany, who stars in Mindhunter opposite Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv, five seasons is the ideal number director David Fincher wants to hit with his Netflix drama. Per McCallany:

[Fincher] said ‘Listen, are you ready to do this for five seasons? Because even if I fuck it up, it's gonna go five seasons, and I don't intend to fuck it up.’ So I'd like to think that we will continue, for as long as David is intrigued by telling this particular story.

So, if David Fincher gets his way, it looks as if Season 5 might be the last season. Which is interesting, given the framing of Season 2 potentially set up for another major serial killer to pop up in Mindhunter, perhaps in Season 3. So, there's already a potential serial killer direction the new episodes could go in, and apparently a whole timeline was already planned out even before Holt McCallany signed on.

A few years ago, I would have said Mindhunter could likely go on as long as it wants, but in more recent months, Netflix has been a bit more discerning in regards to what gets cancelled and what gets renewed. A lot of shows – even shows with seemingly dedicated fanbases like The OA have gotten cancelled before they have reached the intended endpoint. The show in the previous sentence actually ended on a cliffhanger, so I'm sure that wasn't an amazing way for it to go, at least for the fans.

As for whether or not Mindhunter’s two serial killer interviewer actors actually get along while filming, Holt McCallany says there’s enough of a rapport on set that the show could go a full five seasons. He also told THR in the interview that sometimes they are having perhaps a little too jolly of a time for a show with such serious subject matter.

Even though we’ve worked so closely for two years now, truthfully never a cross word has transpired between us, and I think we could do five seasons and it would be the same thing…There were one or two occasions when [Jonathan] and I were laughing so hard that David was getting annoyed. He'd make us take a walk around the building.

David Fincher has directed several episodes of Mindhunter through each of its two seasons. While he doesn’t direct every single episode, and credits have also gone to Carl Franklin, Andrew Dominik, Andrew Douglas, Tobias Lindholm and Asif Kapadia. In many ways, the Netflix serial killer series seems like David Fincher’s baby, and it’s nice to know there already seems to be a direction planned for the drama.

Obviously, this is all still speculation. People are still -- hopefully steadily -- streaming Mindhunter Season 2 on Netflix. Due to the slightly slower roll of people watching Netflix programming, the streaming service tends to take a little bit of time before deciding on renewals, but we'll be sure to keep you updated no matter what happens. But honestly, I need more, because I really need to know where all this BTK stuff is going.

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