Holden Ford’s inevitable breakdown at the end of Mindhunter Season 1 left a lot of questions for Season 2, and it seems Netflix’s latest trip into true crime will actually get to answer some of those questions. Mindhunter has been renewed for Season 2, so what does this mean for Holden Ford and his team?
The official Mindhunter Twitter account tweeted out the Season 2 announcement on Thursday, including a Rorschach test-themed video featuring the show’s stars Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). Based on the real-life experiences of former FBI agent John Douglas, Mindhunter verges on historical fiction, recreating several of Douglas’s cases but adding narrative twists to keep things even more interesting. Douglas, like Holt in the show, pioneered the practice of psychological profiling — especially of serial killers — during his 25 years with the FBI.
Season 1 of Mindhunter only scratched the surface of Douglas’s cases. And since viewers got to experience Ford’s slow descent into madness after he involved himself too heavily with his subjects in Season 1, it’s worthwhile to wonder whether or not Ford will be able to handle the events of Season 2.
Series executive producer David Fincher said back in October that Season 2 is ready to dive into the grisly Atlanta Child Murders, which ran between 1979 and 1981. Season 1 actually mentions the beginning of the case near the end of the season, so some of the background has already been covered.
But beyond that one case, what can fans expect of Season 2?
Well, Mindhunter is pulling from 25 years of FBI research. There’s a lot going on here. Douglas profiled some of the world’s most famed serial killers, cult leaders, sexual predators, and criminals during his time with the FBI, including Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, and many more. It seems unlikely that Season 2 will dive right into any of the big names, as Ford and Tench will probably have to work up to that kind of notoriety, but Season 2 certainly could hint at the beginning of some of these people’s activities. Several infamous criminals were brought up — especially Manson — throughout Season 1, so at least we know the show has acknowledged them in some way.
Mindhunter Season 2 does not yet have a premiere date.