‘Mindhunter’: We Finally Know When Season 2 Will Be on Netflix

The secret is out. Charlize Theron let slip when viewers can see the much-anticipated Season 2 of Mindhunter. The actress — who is an executive producer on the Netflix series, along with David Fincher — revealed during an interview with Howard Stern that the show’s next season should arrive sometime in August.

Netflix hasn’t confirmed an exact release date

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While Theron presumably has the inside scoop on when Season 2 will arrive, Netflix has not made any official announcements about a release date and has not confirmed that it will premiere in August.

Mindhunter, which follows two pioneering FBI agents on the hunt for notorious serial killers in the late 1970s, debuted in October 2017. The show earned rave reviews from critics, and in November 2017, Netflix renewed it for a second season. But since then, there have been few updates on what fans can expect from Season 2.

Will the main cast be back?

So far, we know that the main cast from Mindhunter’s first season will be back for Season 2: Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, Holt McCallany as Bill Tench, and Anna Torv as Wendy Carr.

Naturally, fans are curious whether Cameron Britton will return as serial killer Ed Kemper. Season 1 ended with the convicted murderer telling Ford he could kill him and then embracing the FBI agent, who subsequently has a panic attack. Britton has played coy about whether he was returning to the show, saying he doesn’t know for sure.

“Netflix pulls those memories out of me,” he told Radio Times in an interview in February. “I hope I’m in it and I can’t remember, it’s a blind spot.”

What serial killers will be in Season 2?

Aside from the possible return of Kemper, what other real-life serial killers could be in Mindhunter Season 2?

Fincher revealed in a 2017 interview with Billboard that the next season would cover the Atlanta Child Murders. Between 1979 and 1981, someone murdered more than two dozen African-American children in Atlanta. The crimes have never been solved. (A man named Wayne Williams was convicted of killing two adults and suspected in the deaths of many of the children, but never convicted of those crimes.)

Infamous cult leader Charles Manson might also make an appearance, John E. Douglas, the real-life FBI agent on whom Groff’s character is based, said in an interview with Vulture. Supposedly, Damon Herriman, who plays Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will also portray him in the Netflix series. David Berkowitz — aka Son of Sam — will also be seen in Season 2, according to Douglas.

And then there’s Dennis Rader, better known as the BTK Killer. Rader killed 10 people in the Wichita area between 1974 and 1991, but he wasn’t captured until 2005. In Mindhunter’s first season, most episodes began with scenes of a Kansas man — presumably Rader — going about his daily business, though it gradually becomes clear that he is not who he appears to be. These scenes don’t connect with the show’s larger narrative, but some fans think that we’ll continue to follow the BTK Killer through the rest of the series.

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