“Mindhunter” Won’t Return to Netflix for a Third Season, David Fincher Confirms
If you were hoping for more of FBI agents Bill Tench and Holden Ford, we’re sad to report the long drought will, officially, never end. After several years of speculation, “Mindhunter”‘s executive producer and co-showrunner David Fincher confirmed in February that the series was done for good. In an interview with French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche, Fincher said that “Mindhunter” was “a very expensive show and, in the eyes of Netflix, we didn’t attract enough of an audience to justify such an investment [for season three],” according to a translation from TVLine.
Fincher had no hard feelings about the decision: “I don’t blame them; they took risks to get the show off the ground . . . It’s a blessing to be able to work with people who are capable of boldness. The day our desires are not the same, we have to be honest about parting ways.” A spokesperson for Netflix did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment about Fincher’s revelations.
Back in October 2020, Fincher had said that the show was done for the time being, though no formal cancelation was announced. Any hopes for a potential season three initially went out the window when the show’s main cast was released from their contracts back in January 2020 and “Mindhunter” was put on indefinite hold.
“When I got done [with season two], I was pretty exhausted, and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season three.’ ‘Mindhunter’ was a lot for me,” Fincher said in an interview with Vulture. “For the viewership that it had, it was an expensive show . . . I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic about dollars have to equal eyeballs.”