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.
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.