Even though it just released this past October, fans of Netflix’s Mindhunter are already eagerly anticipating the next season of David Fincher’s thriller. With Season 2 greenlit before Season 1 was even released, it is obvious that Netflix is willing to go the distance with this Mindhunter. And from Season 1, we can tell the show plans to travel far.
In the first season of Mindhunter, the characters discuss serial killers that they plan to interview in the future, like Charles Manson and David Berkowitz (The Son of Sam killer). But the real-life inspiration for the show’s lead character interviewed many more notorious serial killers than the ones mentioned in the first season. The list also includes killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Sara Jane Moore, James Earl Ray, Sirhan Sirhan, Donald Harvey (The Angel of Death).
It also includes the man that is seen at the beginning of each episode of Season 1, who is clearly Dennis Rader (The BTK Killer). Dennis Rader, who was only credited only as “ADT Serviceman” in the first season, killed 10 people between 1974 and 1991. However, he wasn’t caught until 2005. Since the first season of Mindhunter takes place in the late 1970’s, it leaves around about 25 years to work with.
David Fincher has already confirmed that the main case in Season 2 will be the Atlanta Child Murders. Those killings took place between 1979 and 1981 with the killer, Wayne Williams, being brought to justice 1981. Williams murdered between 23 and 29 children. His crimes make him, unlike any other killer we saw in Season 1. This means that it’s likely the show will only choose to focus on the two years he was active.
It will be interesting to see what Fincher decides to do to reconcile the timeline that he set up from minute one of the show. It would be a shame to have a change the cast. The Season 1 performances were pitch-perfect. But age makeup can only take it so far before things look ridiculous. I trust Fincher, so I don’t expect that he bit off more than he can handle. But it will be interesting to see how he tackles the next three decades of story.
In the meantime though if you are itching for a show with a similar feel than I can easily recommend Manhunt, also on Netflix. It follows an FBI behavioral science unit agent tracking down the Unabomber.