Season 2 of mindhunter

Table of Contents

  • Mindhunter season 2 will premiere on Netflix on August 16.
  • In season 2, the Mindhunter cast will feature some new actors, including Damon Herriman as Charles Manson.
  • Season 2 will also focus on the Atlanta Child Murders, Son of Sam, and the BTK Killer.

Netflix’s original crime series Mindhunter was an instant hit when it premiered on the streaming service back in October 2017, and as a result, it was quickly renewed for a second season. Fans were left to anxiously await the show’s return for more than a year and a half after that, but now, Mindhunter is finally returning. Here’s a look at everything we know about the show’s second season so far.

When is season 2 coming to Netflix?

Earlier this summer, Netflix finally confirmed that Mindhunter season 2 will drop on August 16. Since then, the streaming service has also released a bone-chilling trailer for those looking to get a taste of what season 2 has to offer:

We can hardly handle the suspense!

How many episodes will season 2 have?

Season 2 will have nine brand new episodes, TV Guide reports. This means the second season will be slightly shorter than the first, which had 10 episodes. Bummer.

The good news: In a May interview with Vulture, former FBI agent John E. Douglas (who the show is loosely based on) said that the show is supposed to have a “five-year arc,” which means we’ve definitely got more to come after season 2.

Will anyone new be joining the Mindhunter cast?

Yes — back in August 2018, Collider reported that the show’s creators had cast actor Damon Herriman as the notorious Charles Manson. Coincidentally, Damon also plays Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s newly released film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood though Damon says he never talked about Mindhunter with the famed director during filming.

“He knew that I’d done it,” Damon told IndieWire last month. “It would have been weird to keep that a secret. But it didn’t come up much.”

Damon Herriman plays Charles Manson in Mindhunter season 2 on Netflix. Netflix

Aside from newcomers like Damon, you can expect to see your favorite first season cast members return for season 2. Jonathan Groff will reprise his role as Holden Ford, Holt McCallany will be back as Bill Tench, and Anna Torv will return as Wendy Carr. Also confirmed to return, according to the new trailer: Cameron Britton, who played serial killer Ed Kemper in season 1, and Joe Tuttle, who played the team’s newest FBI agent Gregg Smith in season 1.

Are there any season 2 spoilers?

During a July interview on KCRW’s The Treatment podcast, executive producer David Fincher finally spilled some details on Mindhunter season 2. While the show’s first season was set in 1977, when criminal profiling and serial killer psychology were still new and misunderstood fields, the second season takes place a couple of years later, when public interest in serial killers dramatically increased.

Holt McCallany plays Bill Tench and Jonathan Groff plays Holden Ford in Mindhunter on Netflix. Netflix

“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,” he said. “When I left the Bay Area in the mid-1970s and our parents moved to Oregon, you go 300 miles north and nobody talked about . It had been this festering thing that had never been brought to any kind of closure but no one cared about it . Then Son of Sam came, and it was Newsweek and Time — the cover.”

This sentiment is echoed in the first trailer for season 2, which shows the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit “expanding” beyond the basement at Quantico.

The trailer also confirms that Mindhunter season 2 will focus largely on the Atlanta Child Murders of the late ’70s and early ’80s. New York-based serial killer David Berkowitz, a.k.a. Son of Sam, and the BTK Killer (played by Sonny Valicenti in short clips spliced throughout the first season) will make appearances as well, the trailer shows.

Serial killers aside, there will also be some personal drama in season 2: An eagle-eyed writer at Entertainment Weekly spotted photos of Bill’s wife, Nancy (played by Stacey Roca), and their son on an interactive press site for the show, indicating that the Tenchs’ family issues will continue. Actress Lauren Glazier also appeared in the photos, seeming to be a new love interest for Wendy.

For now, those seem to be all the season 2 details that Mindhunter fans are privy to. But if you’re looking for a way to pass the time until season 2 arrives, look no further than Douglas’s book, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. Douglas and his former partner at the FBI, Robert K. Ressler, were pioneers in criminal profiling and the study of serial killers (“serial killer” is a term that Ressler himself is often credited with coining), and the book has served as a main source of inspiration for the show.

For can’t-miss news, expert beauty advice, genius home solutions, delicious recipes, and lots more, sign up for the Good Housekeeping newsletter.

Subscribe Now

Related Story Heather Finn Content Strategy Editor Heather Finn is the content strategy editor at Good Housekeeping, where she heads up the brand’s social media strategy and covers entertainment news on everything from ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’ to Netflix’s latest true crime documentaries.

Mindhunter season 2 trailer, release date, killers and more

Ah, Mindhunter. It arrived well before Halloween in 2017, not only to creep us right the hell out, but to also steal an entire weekend from us in relentless bingewatching mode.

There was some confusion afterward, however, regarding the chances of a second season. In the early months of 2017, we heard that Netflix had already given the go-ahead for more episodes of Mindhunter, while season 1 was still filming. So we expected a renewal announcement pretty quickly after the show first hit the streaming service, and for season 2 to possibly land on Halloween 2018, but in an interview after the series had made its debut, executive producer David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) revealed the scripts that had previously been written for season 2 weren’t good enough, and that the team were going back to the drawing board.

Eventually, Netflix officially confirmed season 2, and production began at the end of April 2018.

Mindhunter season 2 trailer

Here’s the first proper trailer for season 2…

Mindhunter season 2 release date

Netflix UK has now confirmed that season 2 will land on 16th August.

Mindhunter season 2 cast

Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv will all return for season two as Ford, Tench and Wendy.

They’ll be joined by Joe Tuttle as Gregg Smith, Albert Jones as Agent Jim Barney, Stacey Roca as Nancy Tench, Michael Cerveris (The Good Wife, Fringe, Gotham), Lauren Glazier as Kay Mason and Empire’s Sierra McClain.

It’s also been revealed by Collider that Damon Herriman (Justified) will crop up as notorious cult leader Charles Manson in the second season. This is fascinating news, because director Quentin Tarantino also cast the actor as Charles Manson in his new film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

So, which came first, the chicken or the egg? The Manson or the Manson? Mindhunter was there first, we can confirm – Herriman filmed his scenes for the show a lot earlier.

Mindhunter season 2 episodes

According to Netflix, there will in fact be nine episodes this season, instead of the expected eight.

Mindhunter season 2 directors

A small handful of directors were announced for season 2’s 9 parts, including Fincher himself (who may have some unexpected spare time on his hands, now that World War Z 2 has been shelved). He’s be calling the shots on both the opening episode and the season finale, with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) and Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress) splitting the others between them.

Mindhunter season 2 plot

Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix:

“FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench probe further into the psyches of those who have done the unthinkable. With help from psychologist Wendy Carr, they apply their groundbreaking behavioral analysis to hunting notorious serial killers”

Based on the 1995 true crime memoir Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The book chronicles some of the unfathomably gruesome serial killer cases from the 25-year bureau career of Douglas, who was the inspiration for Scott Glenn’s Jack Crawford in The Silence Of The Lambs.

David Fincher indicated to Billboard that season 2 will focus on the era of 1979-1981.

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

Holt McCallany, who plays the surprisingly patient FBI Agent Bill Tench on the show, recently revealed in an interview with Screen Rant that Fincher has five seasons of the series in mind. McCallany has made brief appearances in several of the director’s films over the years, so it’s nice they finally have a bigger project to work on together for the long term.

“You know I’m in small, you know, supporting parts, peripheral parts. And so it was a big deal for me to be invited back by David in one of the leads. Because you know I believe in his talent, you know, and I know that you know, he wants to do five years of this show. Five seasons of these characters and so I’m hopeful, you know I don’t take anything for granted.”

Mindhunter season 2 killers

That Hashtag Show has exclusively revealed the serial killers that Holden, Bill and Wendy will be dealing with this time around, so if you don’t want to know, look away….now:

Wayne Williams, a serial killer convicted of killing 2 men, but prosecutors believe he was responsible for murdered children because when Williams went to prison the child murders stopped.

One overwhelming guess fans of the show had was Charles Manson. We can CONFIRM season 2 is on the hunt for the famous cult leader, as well at Tex Watson, the man who was the leader of the group of Manson followers who murdered Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Gary Hinman, Leno & Rosemary La Biance, Steven Parent, and Donald Shea.

Also on the list of (most-likely) interviewees, The Son of Sam, David Berkowitz. Berkowitz plead guilty to murdering 8 people with a .44 Caliber gun in New York City during the summer of 1976.

Elmer Wayne Henley, who is currently serving 6 consecutive life sentences for his role in a series of murders in Houston, Texas where, at least, 28 teenage boys were kidnaped, raped, and murdered. He was 17 at the time. Henley is considered one of the deadliest serial murderers in American History.

William Pierce, Jr., murdered at least 9 people before his arrest in in 1971. Pierce was convicted after confessing to three murders and was sentence to life in prison.

The Stocking Strangler, William Henry Hance, was an American Soldier, and serial killer, who had assaulted 7 women, and was convicted of murdering 3 in and around military bases before his arrest in 1978, and eventual execution by electrocution in 1994.

Paul Bateson, the serial killer who also appears in The Exorcist and terrorized the New York City LGBTQ Community from 1977-78.

Another serial killer to return for season 2 is Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer). Teased throughout season 1, we knew his story is one to slowly unfold as the show progresses. Via our source, That Hashtag Show has learned that the Mindhunter team is currently looking for Kevin Bright, fellow victim and brother of Kathryn Bright, a BTK victim found in her home in 1974.

So if there was any doubt that season 2 would be less disturbing than season 1, that’s clearly not going to be an issue!

Where to Stream:


Powered by Reelgood

Get ready to have your mind hunted, as this month marks the long-awaited premiere of Mindhunter Season 2 on Netflix. But when exactly can you expect this new season?

Created by Joe Penhall and executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron among others, Mindhunter is a murderous thriller unlike any other. The slow-build series follows two FBI investigators, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), as they interview countless killers and try to do the unthinkable: define what a serial killer actually is. The series is a chilling deep dive into warped psychologies. And Cameron Britton’s Edmund Kemper is guaranteed to leave you spooked.

It’s been almost two years since Mindhunter first premiered. So when can you expect Season 2? Here’s everything you need to know.

When Is Mindhunter‘s Season 2 Release Date on Netflix?

We’re all about to be terrified this August. Season 2 of the serial killer drama premieres on Netflix August 16, 2019.

What Time Will Mindhunter’s Season 2 Be on Netflix?

How creepy your Friday morning is going to be depends on what coast you’re on. If you’re based on the west coast, Mindhunter Season 2 will drop on midnight on August 16. If you’re on the east coast, this new season will premiere at 3 a.m.

How Many Episodes Are in Mindhunter Season 2?

Compared to last season’s 10, this new season will have nine brand new and super creepy episodes.

Who Will Michael Cerveris Play in Mindhunter Season 2?

For a long time we’ve known that Michael Cerveris, the Tony Award winner who has starred in the musicals Assassins and Sweeney Todd as well as on Fox’s Fringe, is set to star in Season 2 of the murder investigation show. But who exactly is he playing?

In an interview with the Post-Gazette, Cerveris revealed that in Season 2 Cotter Smith’s Chief Shepard will step down. In his place the actor will play a new unit chief who is incredibly excited about Holden and Bill’s work. Cerveris also teased which cases this new season will cover. According to the actor, Mindhunter Season 2 will explore the Atlanta Child murders, Charles Manson, and “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz.

How Are the Atlanta Child Murders Connected to Mindhunter Season 2?

Though this new season promises to cover several true crime cases, it’s bringing its messiest one front and center. It’s been revealed that a large part of Season 2 will revolve around the Atlanta child murders, a series of murders that occurred between 1979 and 1981. During this time at least 28 children, teenagers, and adults were murdered.

What’s interesting about this being Mindhunter‘s primary case is that the Atlanta killings dealt with notoriously sloppy police work. Only one man, Wayne Williams, was arrested in connection to these crimes, and Williams was only found guilty of committing two of the murders. Additionally Williams has always maintained his innocence and doubt around his guilt has led to the case being reopened as recently as 2019. We’re not a betting site but if we were we’d guess Season 2 revolves around Holt and Bill interviewing various killers as they try to piece together the identity of this nefarious Atlanta demon.

Watch Mindhunter on Netflix


  • David Fincher
  • Mindhunter
  • Netflix

Director: Spike Lee

Entertainment grade: B-

History grade: A-

Between July 1976 and August 1977, a serial killer known as Son of Sam terrorised New York City.


Summer of Sam

As films about real-life serial killers go, Summer of Sam is unusual. Rather than having either the killer or an investigator as the lead, it focuses on a fictional group of Italian-Americans who live in the neighbourhood in which Son of Sam is killing. Sharp-eyed viewers familiar with New York City may notice this seems to be the Bronx. In real life, Son of Sam’s crimes were mostly committed in Queens. As he wrote in his most famous letter, (which is quoted in the film, though without this particular line): “I love to hunt. Prowling the streets looking for fair game – tasty meat. The wemon of Queens are z prettyist of all.” On the other hand, it is true that this letter was left for police at a murder site in the Bronx, after the double shooting of Alexander Esau and Valentina Suriani on 17 April 1977. The film depicts this accurately, though in a fictional twist its character Vinny (John Leguizamo) narrowly misses becoming a victim.


Summer of Sam

The fictional characters go on with their lives, which mainly seem to involve having sex, disco dancing and saying the word “fuck”. According to a Christian parenting website, which devotes itself to itemising such things, this word is said 435 times in Summer of Sam. It’s a record for a non-pornographic movie, beaten only to the top spot of Wikipedia’s highly informative list of films that most frequently use the word “fuck” by a documentary about the word itself.


Summer of Sam

Occasionally the action flashes away to the Son of Sam (Michael Badalucco), eventually identified as postal worker David Berkowitz. He lives in a standard-issue serial killer apartment: a bare, dirty mattress, satanic scrawl decor, big holes in the walls where he’s punched them. A bit of a fixer-upper. Berkowitz’s neighbour’s dog, a black Labrador called Harvey, barks all night. Berkowitz is tortured by the noise, so he shoots Harvey. This is accurate. In real life, he also tried to blow Harvey up with a molotov cocktail. Animal lovers will be pleased to know that the indomitable Harvey survived both attacks, though Berkowitz was eventually convicted of the murders of six people and the wounding of seven more. Berkowitz later claimed the howling of dogs was a signal from demons, telling him to kill. The film portrays this so well that you may wish it would spend more time on its compelling portrait of this real-life monster, and less on its fictional characters, who are still hanging around, repeating their favourite word.


Summer of Sam

The fictional-character focus allows Summer of Sam to build up a detailed social and cultural history of New York City. There is a brilliant recreation of the notorious blackout of 13-14 July 1977, and its associated crimewave. It’s a striking reminder of the bitingly tense atmosphere in which the Son of Sam killings took place. Much of the film is devoted to music: Vinny is into disco and aspires to dance at the brand-new Studio 54, while his old friend Ritchie (Adrien Brody) becomes a punk and plays at CBGB. At one point, they’re both in a cafe when Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer comes on the radio. An irresistible addition to the soundtrack, no doubt, but the scene is set in late July or early August 1977. Psycho Killer was first released on the album 77, which wasn’t available until 16 September that year. Since it’s almost the only blooper in an otherwise immaculately recreated historical setting, we can probably let Spike Lee get away with that one.


Immaculate recreation… Summer of Sam Photograph: Allstar/Touchstone Pictures/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar

A skillfully made and evocative portrait of New York City in the summer of 1977, but it feels like a more coherent – and more interesting – story is hovering just out of reach.

The Netflix series Mindhunter has captivated viewers, thanks to its psychological drama that pulls directly from some of the darkest parts of human history: the methods and mindsets of the most notorious serial killers. Season two of the hit TV series continues that exploration into true crime, showing, among others, footage of David Berkowitz—better known as the Son of Sam.

You’ve probably heard of Son of Sam at some point, but might be fuzzy on the details, given that this all went down in the 1970s. Here’s everything you need to know about this infamous serial killer—including how he finally got caught.

Who is Son of Sam, again?

Berkowitz made a name, or rather alias, for himself after he murdered six people in New York City from 1976 through 1977. The city went into a panic and carried out one of the biggest manhunts in New York history, according to Biography. Berkowitz repeatedly left letters near his victims’ bodies that taunted police.

In July 29, 1976, Berkowitz’s first two victims were teenage girls Jody Valenti and Donna Lauria. The two girls were sitting in Valenti’s car in front of Lauria’s home in the Bronx when Berkowitz shot them, killing Lauria and injuring Valenti. A few months later, he shot at another couple in a parked car, injuring the man, and again attacked two teenage girls walking home in November. (One ended up paraplegic, Biography says.)

It wasn’t until January 1977, when Berkowitz attacked Christine Freund and her fiancé (who were also sitting in a parked car), that police realized the killings were linked. Berkowitz used the same .44-caliber gun in all of his shootings, earning the name the “.44-caliber killer,” which later evolved to “Son of Sam.” (More on that in a sec.)

Berkowitz then went on to murder college student Virginia Voskerichian in March while she was walking home from class. And a month later, he attacked Valentina Suriani and Alexander Esau in their car. He left a letter addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli, in which he called himself “Son of Sam” for the first time.

Berkowitz’s last hit was in Brooklyn, when he killed Stacy Moskowitz and wounded 20-year-old Robert Violante, who ended up partly blinded, per The New York Times.

How was Son of Sam caught?

After Moskowitz was killed, an eyewitness saw someone getting away in a car that had a parking ticket on it. In August 1977, police detective James Justus sifted through traffic tickets for cars that were near where Moskowitz and Violante had been shot, and found one registered to Berkowitz, the Times reported. Justus called the Yonkers police department (since Berkowitz lived in Yonkers) and asked about him, only to have the dispatcher tell him that Berkowitz had shot her dog.

“I was: ‘This has got to be the guy. This has got to be the guy,’” Justus told the Times. “I mean, you’re not going to know until you have him right in front of you, but what’s somebody from Yonkers doing down in that neighborhood? A lot of things we used to do on gut feeling: ‘I can’t put my finger on it. Something’s wrong with this.’ You’ve got to go with it.”

When police went to Berkowitz’s home, he told them that he was the Son of Sam, the Times says. Berkowitz was arrested on August 10, 1977, just 11 days after his last murder. When he was questioned by police, Berkowitz said that he had been ordered to kill by his neighbor Sam Carr, who sent messages to Berkowitz through his dog, a demon-possessed Labrador retriever, per Biography. He was eventually sentenced to six consecutive 25-years-to-life terms.

Where is Son of Sam now?

Berkowitz initially received a lot of money to share his story, prompting most states to pass laws (sometimes called “Son of Sam laws”) that prohibit convicted criminals from financially profiting from books, movies, or anything else related to their crimes.

Watch this video to learn more about David Berkowitz’s current whereabouts:

Today, Berkowitz is still in jail. He had a heart attack in late 2017, according to the New York Post, and was hospitalized with complications afterward. Berkowitz is now a born-again Christian and refers to himself as the Son of Hope, the Post reported.

Besides Son of Sam’s crimes, Mindhunter will also spend this season diving into two other serial killers: Wayne Williams, who was convicted of the Atlanta Child Murders, and Charles Manson.

Korin Miller Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.

Mindhunter, David Fincher’s thriller based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, follows the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit as its agents interview and profile serial killers with the hope of applying this knowledge to ongoing cases. Season one explored the mind of incarcerated killers, Ed Kemper, Montie Rissell, Jerry Brudos and Richard Speck, while season two sees them sitting down with even more notorious killers, Charles Manson and Son of Sam, while also trying to solve two ongoing cases at the time — the Atlanta Child Murders and the BTK Strangler, who was responsible for killing several people going back to 1974.

While the Netflix series lets these killers expound on their heinous acts, Mindhunter doesn’t always go into detail about each of the crimes. For those wanting to delve deeper, ET has put together a brief guide about each of the prominent killers and rounded up some notable films and podcasts to stream in companion with the thriller.

Atlanta Child Murders

What to Know: Between 1979 and 1981, more than 25 young victims — most of whom were male, African-American and poor — were killed in Atlanta, Georgia. Wayne Williams, an Atlanta native who was 23 at the time of the final murder, was arrested and later convicted of the two adult murders that were connected with the killing spree. Though he wasn’t tried or convicted for any of the other cases, authorities believed many of the child murders were also connected to him. Holt McCallany, who plays agent Bill Tench, credits Fincher for tackling the case about “young nameless faceless black kids that are abducted and murdered and thrown into the woods.” The whole thing is “relentlessly sad,” he tells ET, adding that it was important for the show to cover.

Stream This:Atlanta Monster, which includes a brand new interview with retired FBI agent John Douglas, who wrote the Mindhunter book, on Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Stitcher

BTK Strangler

What to Know: Between 1974 and 1991, Dennis Rader, who worked for ADT Security Services installing home alarms, murdered 10 people in the Wichita, Kansas, area. His primary method of killing his people was by strangulation. Like Son of Sam, he also wrote and left letters detailing his murders and in 2004, after the investigation into his murders went cold, Rader began communicating with the media. For nearly a year, he sent packages to local news stations with written details and evidence from his murders. His communications — and modern technology — eventually led to his arrest in February 2005, with the police announcing, “the bottom line: BTK is arrested.”

Stream This:The Clovehitch Killer on Amazon Prime / Hulu

Charles Manson

What to Know: Charles Manson is the notorious cult leader who wanted to perpetuate an apocalyptic race war prophecy known as Helter Skelter. His followers — a group of mostly young women known as the Manson Family — executed a string of murders, including the high-profile killing of Sharon Tate, throughout the Los Angeles area during the summer of 1969. As to why America still remains fascinated with the crimes 50 years later, it’s because Manson’s “this ex-con, hippie guru who wants to be a rock star and hangs out with Dennis Wilson from The Beach Boys,” McCallany says, adding: “There’s something very glamorous about the Manson Family.”

Stream This:Helter Skelter (1976) on Amazon Prime / Apple TV; You Must Remember Manson on Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Stitcher

Son of Sam

What to Know: David Berkowitz terrorized New York City for nearly a year from 1976 to 1977, when he killed six people and wounded seven others. He became known as Son of Sam thanks to letters he started leaving at the scene of his crimes, with one reading: “I am a monster. I am the ‘Son of Sam.’ I am a little ‘brat.’” He was eventually arrested on Aug. 10, 1977 and later confessed to all the shootings, first claiming that the devil appeared to him in the form of a dog and convinced him to kill. Berkowitz eventually said that story was a lie and was convicted of murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the second degree.

Stream This: Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam on Amazon Prime / Apple Movies

Mindhunter seasons one and two are now streaming on Netflix.


Charles Manson, Sharon Tate and the 1969 Murders: The Real Story Behind ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

‘Up and Vanished’ Co-Creators Talk New Podcast About Atlanta Child Murders (Exclusive)

‘Mindhunter’ Star Says Wisdom Comes at a Price in Season 2 (Exclusive)

  • Hollywood Bikini Bods Over 40
  • Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2019
  • Celebrities in Their Underwear

When is Mindhunter season 2 released on Netflix? What is going to happen?

David Fincher returned to TV in 2017 with Mindhunter, a slow-burning detective drama about the inception of the FBI’s criminal profiling programme in the 1970s.


The series introduced us to agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) of the bureau’s Behavioural Sciences unit as they endeavoured to understand patterns in murderous behaviour by interviewing incarcerated serial killers a la Jodie Foster in Silence of The Lambs.

  • The real history behind Netflix’s criminal profiling drama Mindhunter
  • Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany reveal what it’s like to work with David Fincher
  • Join our Netflix Facebook Group to discuss what you’re currently watching

The show was renewed for a second season before the first had aired, and it is set to air this year.

When is Mindhunter season 2 released on Netflix?

David Fincher has confirmed Mindhunter season 2 will return to Netflix on 16th August 2019.

Fincher, who was speaking on a The Treatment podcast, confirmed that fellow executive producer Charlize Theron was right when he said the second season will air in August 2019.

What is going to happen in Mindhunter season 2?

Netflix has been very quiet about the second season of Mindhunter, beyond confirming that it is in fact happening. They’ve released no concrete casting or plot info as yet, but a few things have slipped out.

In an interview with Billboard in 2017, Fincher revealed that season 2 would cover a notorious series of murders in Atlanta from 1979-81, which saw 28 children, teens and adults (all African-American) killed in the Georgian capital. Atlanta native Wayne Williams was tried and convicted for two of the killings.

On top of this, Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson. Bizarrely, he is already plays the infamous killer in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

At the end of season 1, Ford’s methods were being called into question by Wendy, Bill and their boss, as he became increasingly unguarded around their subjects. In a brilliant scene in the finale, he is embraced in a bear hug by serial killer Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton), and, once free, has a panic attack in the hall, having realised how dangerous the situation had become.

The new season will likely deal with the fall-out of this, and (hopefully) see him take on a more pragmatic approach to the study.

Speaking at Vulture Festival in May, McCallany also confirmed that the mysterious murderer we saw glimpses of throughout season one is real-life serial killer Dennis Rader (also known as the BTK killer), and added, tentatively, that “we may see more of him.”

Is there a trailer for Mindhunter season 2?

Netflix unveiled a first-look to journalists including, before making the new footage available to fans.

Here’s a breakdown – including a glimpse of a storyline featuring infamous serial killer Charles Manson – and a look at some new stills, including this one…

Who is in the cast of Mindhunter season 2?

Of the original cast members, we know that Groff, McCallany and Torv will be back for the second season. It is as yet unclear if Britton will return as Kemper.

Holt McCallany and Anna Torv in Mindhunter

On top of this, Once Upon A Time in the West star Damon Herriman is rumoured to be playing Charles Manson…

Damon Herriman Advertisement

Mindhunter season 2 will be released on Netflix on 16th August 2019

Mindhunter Season 2: Everything We Know

Following its breakthrough inaugural season, David Fincher’s Mindhunter will return to Netflix for a second round of serial killer psychoanalyzing and crime-solving. While many of the details are still a mystery, we do know a few things about what fans of the eerie drama series can expect in its sophomore run.

Let’s take a look at everything we know about Mindhunter Season 2 so far.

It’s returning in August. Nearly two years after Mindhunter debuted, the drama will return to tackle a new round of unsettling crimes in the heat of summer. Netflix announced in July that Mindhunter Season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 16.

It will cover the Atlanta Child Murders. Mindhunter’s first season was set in 1977, as agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) teamed up with Professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) to form the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in a dank basement of Quantico. The trio found some success by interviewing certain serial killers who helped identify potential patterns and behavioral markers that might help the Bureau with other unsolved crimes.

Season 2, however, will flash ahead a bit to cover 1979-81, a time when child abductions and murders were rampant in Atlanta, Ga. That means fans are likely to see a Ford and Tench profile Wayne Williams, who was convicted of slaying two men and was connected by police to most of the child murders as well.

Score composer Jason Hill said the change of scenery will also inform the series’ new sound, telling Billboard, “Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

Charles Manson will come into the picture. Actor Damon Herriman was tapped to portray the Manson Family cult leader for Season 2, shortly before he was hired to once again embody the infamous felon in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which centers on the murders of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969. Manson was already behind bars by the time Mindhunter picked up, but he was mentioned several times by Ford as a potential interview subject in the first season.

Ed Kemper may not be back. Mindhunter’s take on Ed Kemper — a serial killer and necrophiliac who murdered his own mother — was a big part of what made the first series so compelling. But we don’t yet know whether the character will return to creep everyone out again in Season 2. Cameron Britton told TVGuide, “I have absolutely no idea whether or not I am in it because there are so many serial killers that the guys at the FBI have to interview.”

It’s unclear what role the BTK Killer will play in Season 2. One of the most unnerving subplots of Mindhunter’s first season was the gradual acceleration of one tertiary character from a simple ADT Security employee in Park City, Kansas into a deranged psychopath who is seen burning drawings of dead women in the very last shot of the season. That character, it turned out, is Dennis Rader (played by Sonny Valicenti), aka the BTK Killer.

The BTK Killer murdered 10 people from 1974-91 and often sent letters to the police and media to taunt them with details of his heinous crimes. What’s really terrifying is that he wasn’t apprehended until 2005, after he started sending more letters to the authorities after a decade of silence.

It’s unclear if and how Season 2 will incorporate the character, but what we do know is that John Douglas, the FBI profiler upon whom the Holden Ford character is based, was highly intrigued by the case and even wrote a book called Inside the Mind of BTK. Jonathan Groff, for one, has indicated his prediction that Rader’s portrayal will remain a factor in the season to come, telling TV Guide, “I feel like with TV shows, you can sense when they’re playing it safe, that they’re building up to something that they’ll pay off in the next season. … They just went balls-out on our show and ended with such a climax, with so many things that are open.”

The Son of Sam may be coming, too. Rumored casting breakdowns surrounding Season 2 have hinted at a whole slew of new names that might be added to the serial killer roll, including David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, who shot and killed at least six people in the summer of 1976. Holt McCallany hinted that Berkowitz would be a factor in the second season in an interview with Vulture, as he described whose cases and mindsets he’d need to be familiar with to prepare for his role “going forward.”

Other serial killers who are rumored for potential inclusion in the new season are Elmer Wayne Henley, William Pierce, Jr., William Henry Hance, and Paul Bateson, although none have been confirmed as of yet.

It’ll be eight episodes long. Season 1 of Mindhunter ran for 10 episodes, but according to IndieWire, the new season will feature two fewer segments. These eight episodes will be directed by David Fincher, Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin.

Mindhunter Season 2 premiers Aug. 16 on Netflix.

Mindhunter season 2 is set to focus on the Atlanta child murders in the late 1970s (Picture: Netflix)

Mindhunter, the psychological crime thriller where FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench delve into the minds of some of the world the most gruesome serial killers, is set to return to our screens very shortly for season 2.

The thriller will return on 16 August and will again depict the FBI’s criminal profiling programme, which began in the 1970s.

The series, created by Joe Penhall, is based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by FBI agent John E. Douglas and author Mark Olshaker and details the practice used to catch the most sinister of criminals.

Who will join the new season of Mindhunter?

Netflix has played it coy about releasing too much information about the series, however, it will cover the Atlanta child murders of 1979-1981, where 28 African-American were killed. Eventually Wayne Williams was tried and convicted for two of the killings.

Advertisement Advertisement

It also looks like the old Behavioural Science Unit will be back in full force for season two.

Bill Tench, played by Holt McCallany, and Jonathan Groff, who plays Holden Ford, will again join forces with psychological sleuth Wendy Carr, played by Anna Torv, to profile the most terrifying murders.

The Masked Singer’s Jake Shears reveals one problem he had with Unicorn costume

A synopsis for the second season reads: ‘FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench probe further into the psyches of those who have done the unthinkable.

‘With help from psychologist Wendy Carr, they apply their groundbreaking behavorial analysis to hunting notorious serial killers.’

Edmund Kemper, an American serial killer who murdered 10 people, will also return.

The duo will also meet Charles Manson, played by Australian actor Damon Herriman, as part of their investigations into the terrifying murders. But how big a part the notorious killer and cult leader Manson will have in Mindhunter is still unclear.

Other serial killers, such as the Son of Sam and the BTK Killer, are also expected to appear.

The first season earned critical acclaim for its unique spin on the crime genre and there will be nine episodes for the second season.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video

Mindhunter arrives on Netflix on Friday 16 August.

Advertisement Advertisement

MORE: Mindhunter season two: Holden and Tench have a ‘price to pay’ over Charles Manson investigation

MORE: Mindhunter season 2 full trailer explores the harrowing Atlanta Child Murders

Advertisement Advertisement

‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Release Date Premiere, Cast, Killers, and Spoilers

Mindhunter Season 2 is so close we can almost taste it. In July 2019, series executive producer David Fincher confirmed Mindhunter Season 2 would return to Netflix in August 2019. This is one bit of news fans will be delighted by — in addition to all of the other Season 2 information — if only because it’s been two very, very long years since we followed FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they profiled serial killers in the late 1970s.

The Netflix drama, based loosely on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, follows fictional FBI agents Holden and Bill as they travel across the U.S. to profile incarcerated killers. During their work, the pair form a working theory about a new kind of killer profile based on shared traits from their subjects. This leads Holden and Bill to create a working theory on what a serial killer truly is and how the profile could help identify if other suspects fit the bill.

Mindhunter was quickly renewed for a second season just one month after it premiered in October 2017. Fans have been waiting for what seems like a lifetime to reconnect with Holden and Bill, along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). We wouldn’t mind seeing the murderous Ed Kemper (breakout star Cameron Britton either.

While you wait for that Mindhunter Season 2 release date, here’s a rundown of everything we know so far, from when exactly the series will return to Netflix to which killers will be featured this time around.

When Will Mindhunter Season 2 Premiere On Netflix?

While being interview on The Treatment podcast, Fincher confirmed Mindhunter Season 2 will debut on Netflix on August 16, 2019.

Fincher’s announcement serve to confirm past comments from cast and crew about when the series would finally return. Previously, in a SiriusXM interview with Howard Stern, Mindhunter executive producer Charlize Theron revealed that Season 2 will release on Netflix in August 2019.

This follows an August 2018 comment from actor Holt McCallany, who told fans at the Vulture festival not to expect new episodes until 2019. “We’re actually in the process of shooting it right now,” he said, “but we’re still in episode one.”

That same month, Pennsylvania news sources confirmed with Mindhunter’s casting staff that the show would film scenes in the area well into December. Information about the new season is kept militaristically under wraps; in September, a man was arrested for walking across the set without authorization.

Is There A Trailer Mindhunter Season 2?

Even though Season 2’s release date of August 16 was confirmed, no new trailer has surfaced. Chances are a trailer will be released very close to the premiere of Season 2, if not a few days before as Netflix has done with other originals in the past. You can view the Season 2 announcement trailer at the top of this page.

The first trailer for Mindhunter arrived in March 2017, a full seven months before the series debut. Season 2 is expected this year, so if Netflix plans to keep to that rhythm we should expect a trailer pretty soon.

How Many Mindhunter Season 2 Episodes Will There Be?

According to IndieWire, the second season of Mindhunter will include “eight episodes and feature direction from Fincher, Andrew Dominik, and Carl Franklin.” Franklin has previously directed episodes of House of Cards, 13 Reasons Why, and The Leftovers.

In an interview with Vulture, Mindhunter author John E. Douglas also confirmed that Season 2 would feature eight episodes.

Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) in Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter.’Netflix

What Do We Know About The Plot Of Mindhunter Season 2?

During a 2017 interview with Billboard about the show’s score, composer Jason Hill let slip that Season 2 will explore the series of crimes now known as the Atlanta Child Murders. True crime fans may recognize that particular string of murders from the HowStuffWorks podcast, Atlanta Monster.

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders,” Fincher told Billboard. “So we’ll have a lot more African-American music, which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

In July 2018, Mindhunter’s crew released a casting call for actors who could play “upscale movie theater patrons,” and another casting call circulating in early August called specifically for African-American extras to play “to portray hippies, protesters, students and FBI agents.” An August call from Mindhunter’s casting team confirmed the production would pay $75 for the rights to family photos of “young African American children between the ages of 5-12.”

In late September, several Pennsylvania publications confirmed that Mindhunter was re-creating a political march that put a national spotlight on the Atlanta murders. Possibly, Holden and Tench will be inserted into that tense movement. A season 2 leaked set photo depicts the two men wrestling a large white cross into a car, which could point to a section of the source text which describes staging memorials at the site of each kill. According to Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the proto-profilers believed Atlanta’s baby killer was the type to return to the scene of his crimes.

Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) on Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’Netflix

What Other Killers Will Mindhunter Season 2 Include?

In the same July 2019 interview on The Treatment where the Season 2 release date was announced, Fincher confirmed serial killer Wayne Williams would figure prominently into Season 2. In real life, Williams is serving life in prison for the murder of two men in 1981 in Atlanta. He was also a key suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders but was never convicted. Fincher’s acknowledgment back in 2017 that Season 2 would focus on the infamous Atlanta case might have clued people in to Williams’ possible involvement but it’s good to know, thanks to Fincher, Williams will definitely be involved. However, Fincher didn’t confirm who would be playing Williams during the interview.

Mindhunter Season 1 featured Ed Kemper in a recurring role, along with Montie Rissell (Sam Strike), Jerry Brudos (Happy Anderson), and Richard Speck (Jack Erdie). We also met several serial killers who were still active in 1977 when the show is set, including Dennis Rader, aka BTK, (Sonny Valicenti) as he quietly evades suspicion — BTK’s last recorded murder was in 1991 but he wasn’t arrested or charged until 2005.

Here are the other disturbed murderers you can expect to meet in Mindhunter Season 2.

Charles Manson

On August 2, the pop culture blog called The Hashtag Show announced it had exclusive confirmation that Mindhunter Season 2 had cast unnamed actors as Charles Manson and Manson Family second-in-command Tex Watson. The blog, however, did not name its source.

On August 20, Collider reported that actor Damon Herriman had been cast as Manson in Mindhunter. Herriman, an Australian actor, will also play Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set to be released on July 26, 2019. Collider also confirmed that Herriman had wrapped his scenes as Manson in Mindhunter in July.

Son of Sam

Speaking to Vulture, the author of the Mindhunter book confirmed that David Berkowitz (aka, Son of Sam) would appear in Season 2.

“They are going to have David Berkowitz, as well as Charles Manson,” he said. “The Atlanta child killings in the early ’80s, they’re gonna be covering that.”

Before that, redditor u/waynedingo posted several set photos to r/mindhunter which depict external and interior set pieces meant to evoke New York’s Attica Correctional Facility, the maximum-security prison which housed David Berkowitz.

Will Ed Kemper return?

In an interview with Inverse, Cameron Britton (who played Ed Kemper in Mindhunter Season 1) declined to comment on whether he’ll return for Season 2. At this point, the new episodes had already been filmed, but we can’t blame Britton for keeping it a secret (and likely honoring his non-disclosure agreement).

In our conversation, Britton also made it clear why his character is such a fan-favorite, and why Netflix really does need to bring him back for Season 2:

One of the reasons I love Kemper is that you never know where he’s coming from. When you meet him in the very first scene that he’s in, you expect a maniac but you get this pleasant guy offering egg salad sandwiches. That holds true to the very last scene of the show. You never quite know where he’s coming from. That’s the point he’s trying to share with Holden, and, I guess, trying to share it with audience as well. But the goal was that the audience doesn’t expect Kemper to jump up and turn around and block Holden. So, that is the mystery to me, as well as to anyone that the fun is is not quite understanding where Kemper’s coming from. Isn’t that sort of the crux of Mindhunter? Isn’t that kind of why we watch true crime in general? Because we can’t understand what makes these people tick?

Other killers in Mindhunter

In the same post that confirmed Manson’s appearance, Hashtag Show writer Sarah Carey elaborated on Mindhunter casting, adding, “Also on the list of (most-likely) interviewees Elmer Wayne Henley, William Pierce, Jr., William Henry Hance, Paul Bateson.”

It’s perplexing that Henley is pointed out on the casting list, but not his friend David Owen Brooks or their criminal “mentor” Dean Corll, aka The Candy Man. Both young men assisted Corll in abducting, raping, torturing and murdering at least 28 teenage boys and young men in Houston between 1970 to 1973.

Pierce, a serial killer with a debilitatingly low IQ, was active in Georgia in the 1970s. Hance was an African-American veteran who specialized in murdering female sex workers and soldiers.

Bateson, arrested on a separate charge of murder, was also suspected of murdering six gay men in New York City from 1977 to 1978, mutilating their bodies and dumping their remains in the Hudson River. While incarcerated, he allegedly “bragged” about the series of crimes known as the “bag murders,” telling fellow inmates he had dismembered the men “for fun.”

In July, redditor u/waynedingo also posted a shot of a prison bus marked “Texas Department of Corrections,” which is where friends and fellow serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole were incarcerated until they died. It’s also where Elmer Wayne Henley was kept after his arrest in 1973

Though Newsweek theorized that the timelines of killers including Jeffrey Dahmer (first kill in 1978), Ted Bundy (first arrested in 1975), Patrick Kearney (arrested in 1977) and John Wayne Gacy (arrested in 1978) put them in the running for a Season 2 appearance, their names have not yet been floated by theorists.

Will Mindhunter Season 2 Rely on a Consultant?

Dr. Emily Sweitzer, a professor of psychology at the University of California in Pennsylvania tells Inverse that the team behind Mindhunter hasn’t used any consultants to finetune its portrayal of the show’s various serial killers and their psychology. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen for Season 2 or beyond.

“They said they’re going to be considering it,” she said. “They haven’t used any consultants for the program, but I guess the possibility exists.”

This post has been regularly updated.

Everything We Know About ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3

Will there be a Season 3 of Mindhunter?

While Season 2 aired to much acclaim in summer 2019, in early 2020 TVLine reported that the series is “on indefinite hold at Netflix,” so whether it’s coming back or not is totally up in the air. This doesn’t mean that the show is cancelled, but because executive producer David Fincher has his hands tied with a handful of other projects, Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv “have been release from their contracts.” A representative for Netflix told TVLine, ” may revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn’t fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work while he was exploring new work of his own.”

Now, considering Fincher’s next two projects — Season 2 of Love, Death and Robots and Mank, a historical drama about the making of Citizen Kane — are Netflix productions, it’s definitely in Mindhunter’s favor that the showrunner is on good terms with the streamer. Holt McCallany told The Hollywood Reporter that Fincher always intended the series to follow a five-season arc, so it makes sense that Mindhunter could come back… sometime. It just doesn’t look like that’ll be anytime soon.

Netflix’s renewal process can be opaque and cruel, so there’s reason for some concern if you’re a fan of the series. The OA got the axe despite two well-received seasons, and the cancelations of shows, like sitcom One Day At A Time and animated comedy Tuca & Bertie, have been met with fan outrage.

Netflix’s Mindhunter will return for a second season in August

Netflix’s Mindhunter, the David Fincher-produced crime thriller, will return for a second season on August 16th. The show follows two FBI agents from the Behavioral Science Unit — Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) — as they travel across America to interview psychopaths and serial killers in an attempt to understand their mindset.

The new season, which was quickly confirmed after the show’s debut in October 2017, will focus on the Atlanta child murders of 1979–1981, which claimed at least 28 known victims. Fincher first confirmed the release date and revealed more details about the second season on KCRW’s The Treatment podcast.

Fincher has been increasingly involved in Netflix projects. The streaming platform announced last month that it would be ordering a second season of its adult animated series Love, Death + Robots, co-created by Fincher and Deadpool director Tim Miller. It was also reported in Variety yesterday that Fincher will be directing Netflix’s Mank, a biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman. The movie is based on a script written by Fincher’s late father, who died in 2003. Mank will be Fincher’s first feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl, and production will begin in November.

Season 1 of Mindhunter feels like a lifetime ago. Not long after the David Fincher true-crime series premiered on Netflix in the fall of 2017, the streaming giant announced it had already renewed the show for a second season.

We need to talk to more subjects.

— MINDHUNTER (@MINDHUNTER_) November 30, 2017

Friends, season 2 wrapped production in December 2018, which means you’ll have to block out an entire weekend (or longer) to binge the new episodes and prepare for the many terrifying, sleepless nights ahead. (Worth it though.) Here’s what we know about season 2 so far:


HELLO. The first trailer just dropped, and it looks super intense. First, there’s a totally new character in it, a woman (who might end up being a victim of one of this season’s killers).

There’s some banter between Ed Kemper and Holden/Bill, so it looks like they visit him at least once. There’s also a scene of Holden in the hospital, probably after that whole panic attack situation. Check it out.

It’s coming to Netflix in August.

As announced by exec producer David Fincher on KCRW’s podcast The Treatment, season 2 will premiere August 16! But unlike the first season, season 2 will reportedly have 8 episodes, not 10.

Much of the main cast is expected to be back.

How else would you explain this set photo of Jonathan Groff in a Christmas tree costume?

View this post on Instagram

That’s a wrap on Season 2 of Mindhunter! Last lunch, last shot, last reaction. @alex_w_scott @brianosmond

A post shared by Dwayne Barr (@camgrip) on Dec 8, 2018 at 10:42am PST

But seriously, assuming that Jonathan’s character, Holden Ford, recovers from his panic attack in the season 1 finale, expect him to continue his FBI work with serial killers.

The season 2 plot will center around the Atlanta Child Murders.

This means a slight time jump between seasons, given that the murders occurred between 1979 and 1981 and season 1 took place in 1977.

This plot was first revealed by Fincher and composer Jason Hill in an interview with Billboard in October 2017, when season 1 premiered. “Next year, we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African American music, which will be nice,” Fincher said at the time. “The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

Related Story

The show will also dive into the minds of serial killers Charles Manson and Son of Sam.

Although both were mentioned throughout the first season, Manson and David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, never had scenes on the show. But according to John E. Douglas, whose book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit inspired the TV series, both will be featured in season 2. In August 2018, Collider reported that Australian actor Damon Herriman will play Manson. Herriman just played Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, and you’re about to see why.


It already looks creepy AF.

Netflix released its first pics of the upcoming season, featuring Damon Herriman looking horrifyingly similar to Charles Manson:


I mean, no wonder the guy got cast as Manson twice.

Then there’s a look at the central Atlanta Child Murders plotline with a “missing children” board that already makes me want to cry:


There’s also a pic of Bill and Holden back together again, which would almost be cute if it weren’t for all the murder:


But what about the BTK killer who closed the season 1 finale?

Recall: In the final moments of the season 1 finale, the ADT serviceman was seen burning evidence—sadistic drawings of women—in Park City, Kansas. This is believed to be a portrayal of Dennis Rader, who was known as the BTK (“Bind, Torture, Kill”) Strangler, a serial killer who murdered 10 people in Wichita, Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. With the time jump to the Atlanta Child Murders, it’s unclear if the BTK killer story line will still string the new episodes together like it did in season 1 (the character opened several episodes).


As TV Guide points out, Douglas (the real-life FBI agent who inspired the Holden character), wrote a book called Inside the Mind of BTK in 2007 following decades of intrigue.

Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer $21.95 $16.25 (26% off)

Serial killer Ed Kemper will likely sit this one out.

Despite being part of arguably the tensest scene in the season 1 finale (a hug at the hospital, leading to Holden’s breakdown in the hallway), Ed is not expected to be back…at least, not according to actor Cameron Britton. “I have absolutely no idea whether or not I am in it…because there are so many serial killers that the guys at the FBI have to interview,” he told TV Guide. However, he was in that trailer, so we’ll see how much he actually appears in the season.


If all goes well, Mindhunter will have at least five seasons.

Holt McCallany, who plays Holden’s partner Bill Tench, told Screen Rant that Fincher is game for “five years of this show, five seasons of these characters.” Imagine?

Watch Season 1 Again

Peggy Truong Entertainment Writer Peggy is’s entertainment writer, specializing in Leonardo DiCaprio, This Is Us, and the royals.

Note: contains spoilers for Mindhunter season one.

Mindhunter is back! Holden Ford (the man named after two makes of car), Bill Tench, Ed Kemper, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all, are officially returning for more mayhem, deviant psychology and gloomy concrete cells.

In fact, six months before Mindhunter season one even dropped, Netflix reportedly commissioned a follow-up. That’s hardly anything new – the streaming giant used to recommission virtually everything they made, but that’s not the case any more. It’s a mark of confidence, and one that was well placed.

We loved the first season – you can see our review of episodes one and two here – and the real-life source material allows for considerable expansion. FBI analyst John Douglas had a long and illustrious career, after all, one that involved meeting and occasionally incarcerating some of the world’s most famous psychopaths.

He was the inspiration for Silence of the Lambs’ Jack Crawford (Clarice’s “other” mentor, played by Scott Glenn) and his work kickstarted the popular interest in serial killers outside of criminology circles.

So what can we expect from season two? Glad you asked.


Here’s everything you need to know.

Related: D

Mindhunter season 2 release date: When can I see it?

Netflix officially confirmed the second season back in November 2017 and director and executive producer David Fincher talked about the show in terms of “next year”, implying he’d be filming in 2018, which led some to believe that the second season would drop towards the end of last year, like season one.

Related: Mindhunter episode 1 & 2 review


But that didn’t happen. But all is well – Fincher revealed on July 12 that the series will drop on August 16, 2019. Set your reminders now and make sure you keep the lights on in the house.

Filmmaker and photographer Miles Crist also shared a number of stunning photos of the season two background actors – so, after what feels like a lifetime of waiting, the new episodes are just around the corner.

Mindhunters season 2 cast: Who’s in it?

Jonathan Groff will be back as Holden Ford, obvs. Australian-born season one showrunner Joe Penhall told “I started with Holden after Holden Caulfield in Catcher In The Rye, the ultimate young green antihero of American literature. But I was driving a Holden when I came up with the idea, a rental, and it got me thinking … and Ford seemed the obvious second name.”

Related: The real-life inspiration for Mindhunter – killers and cops

Holt McCallany will be back too as Bill Tench (Robert Ressler in real life), and Anna Torv as the pair’s academic associate and mentor Dr Wendy Carr (loosely based on Ann Wolbert Burgess). Wouldn’t be Mindhunter without the old crew.

Of the killers, Dennis Rader (Sonny Valicenti) is definitely back – he’s the unnamed creepy phone engineer guy – though given that the BTK killer, as he was called, wasn’t caught until the ’00s, we doubt Ford and Tench will have a face-to-face with him. More likely he’ll continue to go about his creepy business like last year.


On the other hand, we’re pleased to confirm that we’ll have more time in the company of the truly awful yet somehow compelling Ed Kemper, if only because relative newcomer Cameron Britton was so magnetic in the role.


In terms of additions, season two will feature Charles Manson – Justified actor Damon Herriman already filmed his scenes for the show back in July. In an unusual turn, Herriman also plays Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Clearly feels some kind of connection to the role, for better or worse.

Others prominent roles listed on the IMDb are Nancy Tench (Stacey Roca) and Kay Mason (Lauren Glazier), and Sam Strike appears to be returning for at least one episode as Monte Rissell. A new image (below) suggests we might see ‘Son of Sam’ killer David Berkowitz too – or at least his symbol – which means we’re past 1977 at the earliest.


Behind the camera, David Fincher is back in the director’s chair for the premiere and finale, with Killing Me Softly’s Andrew Dominik directing two episodes and House of Cards’ Carl Franklin taking charge of the rest.

Related: The stars of Mindhunter reveal how David Fincher is deconstructing the Hollywood serial killer

Mindhunter season 2 plot: What will happen?

This one we have some concrete information on: in an interview with Billboard about the show’s music, Fincher revealed that the second season (expected to run to eight episodes) will address the real-life events of ’79-’81, two years after season one:

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

The Atlanta child murders, despite the name, were a series of 28 killings of African-American children, teenagers and adults, for two of which Wayne Williams was convicted. John Douglas was closely involved in profiling the killer and was officially reprimanded over his conduct during the case.

Bet you three donuts and a button-down shirt that Ford will go slightly off the rails in season two as he addresses this series of murders.


As mentioned above, the “BTK” killer Dennis Rader would seem to be a likely returning figure, as he wasn’t arrested until comparatively late in life, though he was apparently not “active” – in the criminal sense – between ’77 and ’85.

That said, actor Sonny Valicenti wouldn’t confirm his involvement in season two – or even that he definitely is playing BTK. (He totally is, though.)

Anna Torv has also hinted that, of all things, the unresolved fate of the cat dwelling in the basement of Wendy’s apartment building could lead to a major development in season three.


“Is there a serial killer in Wendy’s building who’s slowly starting out, and testing his bloodlust on feral kittens?” she said. “I think there are a lot of ways it could go.”

Lead writer Joe Penhall left the show during the first season, and it seems that Fincher took over as showrunner. In an interview with EW, Holt McCallany said: “I think once David took control over the arc of the story, everything has changed considerably from the original scripts … from the point of Joe’s departure David sort of really began to rework the scripts and the bible and everything changed a lot.”

Plans are afoot, though, for Mindhunter to run and run. “Hopefully we’ll have five seasons,” McAllany told Esquire. “The five-season bible I read was approximately a 60 to 70 page document that just laid out the broad strokes: a much more detailed rundown of season one, and then an overview of what potential subsequent seasons would look like.”

Don’t expect the fan theory about Holden Ford becoming a serial killer to come true though, however long the show runs.


“Everyone has said to me after they watch the show that they thought the character was a sociopath. And I had no idea! No idea… So many of my friends texted me, saying, ‘OK, so when are you gonna start killing people?’,” he recalled.

“I think the thing that they are aligning with… that I think is very similar, that we start to see more and more in our characters is this characteristic of narcissism and becoming self-obsessed.”

Mindhunter season 2 trailer: When can I watch it?

The season-two trailer exists – Digital Spy has seen it – but it’s not been made public yet. How very cryptic… Any day now, we’re sure.

Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

It’s been a long time since Mindhunter’s first season debuted in October 2017. Thankfully, the wait for more serial killer content is almost over. Here’s what we know about Mindhunter’s upcoming second season.

The first trailer teases appearances by Charles Manson, Son of Sam, and the BTK Killer.

Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) are back talking to serial killer Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton), seeking his advice about how to catch a murderer. Meanwhile, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses of what’s in store for the season flash onscreen. Watch the preview in full above.

The core of the cast is returning.

Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv (Dr. Wendy Carr) are all on board for another season. Cameron Britton, whose chilling turn as Ed Kemper was praised by critics, was cagey about his return—but it’s clear from the trailer that he’ll be back.

A still from Mindhunter season one. Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Expect some new murderers.

David Fincher, the series’s co-creator, has confirmed that the Atlanta child murders will feature largely in the season’s plot. “You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta Child Murders,” Fincher said on KCRW’s “The Treatment” podcast. “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 dramatize. … 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.”

Last year, Collider broke the news that actor Damon Herriman was cast as Charles Manson—a role he’ll also be playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. For what it’s worth, Collider reported that he was cast on Mindhunter first.

It’ll be a little shorter than the first season.

Whereas Mindhunter’s first run consisted of ten episodes, its second will only contain eight.

Mindhunter is set to return for its second season on August 16, 2019.

In the meantime, relive the glory of season one at the link below.

Patrick Harbron/Netflix Mindhunter Related Stories Chloe Foussianes News Writer Chloe is a News Writer for, where she covers royal news, from the latest additions to Meghan Markle’s staff to Queen Elizabeth’s monochrome fashions; she also writes about culture, often dissecting TV shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Killing Eve.