One of the downsides of the streaming video age is simply how much stuff is out there to watch. You barely get a chance to sit with any one show before 10 more pop up to binge. This can often lead to shows falling out of the mainstream in favor of something that is more high profile or popular. A show I personally feel got lost in the shuffle was the David Fincher produced series Mindhunter. The series is a spiritual successor to Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac, in that it tackles serial killers in the 1970s and the people trying to find them. One of the biggest strengths of the show was how it handled real life events without ever feeling exploitative. For a series that referenced such ghoulish events as the Toolbox Murders, the show never used shock or gore to get the viewers attention. Instead it was a slow moving but always engaging look as professionals trying to figure out what was, at the time, a new field of crime solving.
Now, almost two years after the first season, Netflix revealed a whole slew of pictures to tease the premiere of the new episodes on August 16th. The show brings back actors Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv as members of the Behavior Science Unit for the FBI. The show will be draw once again on real life events, this time on a series of murders that occurred in Atlanta in 1979-81. Much like the first series, the show will also feature other serial killers that are featured to show how the agents used them to create a profile that helped predict and catch suspects. Several of the pictures shown reveal the return of Cameron Britton, who was absolutely chilling as the killer Ed Kemper. New additions include David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz and, most notably, Charles Manson. The unique thing about Manson is that he is played by Damon Herriman, who also plays him in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
Images provided for publication reveal that show will maintain the moody vibe of the original series which reflects Fincher’s sensibilities. He directed several of the episodes alongside Carl Franklin and Andrew Dominik. Something that is a bummer is that this series will only be 8 episodes while the first season had 10. It fits into a larger pattern of Netflix not being as enthusiastic about making more seasons of a show that isn’t a monster hit like Stranger Things. On the plus side, it means this season will tell a focused and complete story and not be concerned about stringing viewers along with too many episodes. While we wait for the premiere, take a look at several of the pictures released for the show below.