Mindhunter season 3 renewal status: Everything we know so far

MINDHUNTER - Credit: Netflix
MINDHUNTER - Credit: Netflix /

Mindhunter season 3 is the highly anticipated continuation of the popular crime drama series that first premiered on Netflix in 2017. The show follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they investigate and interview some of the most notorious serial killers in history in an effort to better understand and catch them.

While the show’s first two seasons were met with critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase, the future of the series has been uncertain. The creator of the show, David Fincher, had initially put the series on hold in 2020 due to his busy schedule with the promise to revisit the series in the future.

So what’s the latest update on Mindhunter season 3 in 2023? Has the show been renewed, and when will it be back on our screens, or has it been scrapped completely? Find out the latest news below!

Is Mindhunter season 3 confirmed or canceled?

We’ve got some unfortunate news for Mindhunter fans. It looks like we may not be getting the season 3 we’ve all been waiting for. Despite the show’s critical acclaim and dedicated fanbase, and plenty of rumors suggesting a possible revival, it seems that the show will not be returning after all.

David Fincher spoke to the French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche in Feb. 2023 and was directly asked about the possibility of season 3. His answer (translated to English via Google Translate) via Screen Rant, would leave fans dejected:

"“I’m very proud of the first two seasons, but it’s a particularly expensive series and, in the eyes of Netflix, we haven’t attracted a large enough audience to justify such an investment. I don’t blame them, they took risks to launch the series.”"

Everything we’ve heard about Mindhunter season 3

Though Netflix has never confirmed a third season of the thriller would be happening, we’ve gotten so many updates about it through rumors and Fincher himself. That’s probably because the first two seasons were so good and fans are still desperate for more. As we mentioned, the first we heard about a potential third season was in 2020, when it was announced the show was on hold and the cast had been released from their contracts. Of course, that wasn’t a good sign. And later that year, we got even more confirmation that we probably wouldn’t be getting a third installment.

In October 2020, David Fincher confirmed Netflix was not moving forward with Mindhunter season 3. However, in the same report, Vulture teased “Maybe in five years” we’d get the highly anticipated season. That small bit had fans hopeful.

We then got a glimmer of hope in 2021 when the site Small Screen published a report saying Fincher was in talks with Netflix again about a third season. “It’s still very early days,” they reported, “but Fincher sounds more upbeat about the project.”

Unfortunately, we then went over a year without another tease, up until the latest interview with Fincher in Feb. 2023.

While this news is certainly disappointing for fans, we can take solace in the fact that we still have two gripping seasons to revisit and re-watch to our heart’s content. Who knows? Maybe one day in the future we’ll get a surprise announcement of Mindhunter‘s return. We’re sure this won’t be the last update we hear about a potential third season. But until then, let’s cherish the amazing storytelling and characters that we’ve come to know and love.

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