Mindhunter fans unite: the release date for the highly anticipated second season of the show has officially been confirmed as August 16.
The psychologically focused drama captivated viewers immediately upon its release in 2017, with a second season being confirmed before the first even finished.
Although two years seemed like a long time to wait for another instalment, fans have now only got to wait a little over a month until series two is released on Netflix. And you can guarantee the wait will be worth it.
While appearing on KCRW’s The Treatment podcast, executive producer David Fincher confirmed Netflix’s release date for the second season.
When host Elvis Mitchell asked Fincher if a date in August had been confirmed, the producer responded: ‘Yes there is now, I guess I’m allowed to say it but yeah, it’s gonna be the 16th’.
The exciting news was later confirmed by Netflix, who posted via their UK and Ireland Twitter account:
NEWS: Mindhunter S2 is launching August 16 (there wasn’t really a “funny”, marketing-friendly way to announce that so there you go)
NEWS: Mindhunter S2 is launching August 16 (there wasn't really a "funny", marketing-friendly way to announce that so there you go)
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 12, 2019
Fair enough. We already knew a date in August had been set for the show’s release, but up until now that date hadn’t been confirmed.
Earlier this year, executive producer Charlize Theron let slip fans could expect to see FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) return to our screens in August.
While appearing on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show, the 43-year-old actor went on to say the latest instalment would be ‘deep, dark and wonderful’. As though we needed another reason to be excited!
— Mindhunter News (@MindhunterNews) April 30, 2019
As per Deadline, season two is expected to pick up between 1979 and 1981, a couple of years after season one was set.
The focus of the new season will be the Atlanta Child Murders, a series of killings which took place between those years and left 28 African-American children, teenagers, and adults dead.
Fincher said on the podcast:
You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta Child Murders. It’s a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn’t do it justice in the background of our nine hours. We had to choose to dramatise…
[The FBI] are the last guys in, they’re trying to help out something that has its own momentum and politics. It’s a divided battlefield. They’re coming in to throw this federal umbrella over everything to make everyone feel OK about sharing information.
Whereas the first season of Mindhunter was set during the birth of the FBI’s criminal psychology and criminal profiling division, season two is expected to show how the interest in serial killers has exploding onto a national scale, as per IndieWire.
In the 70s, post-Manson, post-Son of Sam, post-Zodiac, there really was, I don’t think you can say it was an epidemic, but there was definitely the feeling that the notion of this has gotten away from us. There was this transition.
Although Fincher wouldn’t give away any more details about the new season, he did say its original opening was cut from the script and reshaped; it was going to begin at a house near a lake and depict a man pleasuring himself with autoerotic asphyxiation. However, he confirmed this will now not be the opening fans get to see.
Well, I don’t know where you lot will be on August 16, but I can guarantee I’ll be glued to my laptop screen ready to commence the obligatory binge.
With a massive bag of popcorn, of course.
Mindhunter season two will be available to watch on Netflix on August 16.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).