The hopes of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ returning for a season 3 are now dead with another confirmation around its cancellation.
We already saw it coming. But fans were still hopeful that Netflix would rethink the cancellation of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3. However, the latest updates and reports regarding season 3 of ‘Mindhunter’ have concreted the rumours of Netflix ditching the show. This time, there’s a real reason behind the cancellation. While neither the creators and nor Netflix itself has officially announced the cancellation of further seasons of ‘Mindhunter’, several reports, including an interview by David Fincher, have hinted at ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 being cancelled due to lack of funds.
- The reason behind ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 cancellation
- ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 being cancelled for lack of funds?
- Previous updates on Season 3 of ‘Mindhunter’
“For the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show” – David Fincher reveals the reason behind ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3’s cancellation.
The reason behind ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 cancellation
‘Mindhunter’ is undoubtedly one of the best psychological crime-thriller shows ever created for American Television. The series that boasted of David Fincher as one of the directors and executive producers, did actually blow the fans away with its chilling approach.
However, despite the fact that ‘Mindhunter’ is a masterpiece, it is facing the fear of cancellation. As most of the updates have reported, Netflix is planning to either cancel or indefinitely hold the third season of the show.
‘Mindhunter’ being cancelled for lack of funds?
When it’s a Netflix show, we rarely get to hear that lack of funds has led to the cancellation. But ‘Mindhunter’, even after being one of the finest shows on Netflix, is facing the fear of cancellation due to lack of funds.
Even though it’s not exactly the lack of funds that’s driving the show off the road, it is the viewership when compared to the cost of the show that’s forcing the producers and network to rethink their profits.
In one of the recent interviews with “Vulture”, David Fincher revealed how ‘Mindhunter’ is unreasonably expensive for the amount of viewership it was generating.
He said: “Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show. We talked about, ‘Finish Mank and then see how you feel’, but I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And, on some level, you have to be realistic — dollars have to equal eyeballs.”
Still, for the fans who are keeping their hopes alive, a spokesperson close to the show added, “Maybe in five years” while addressing the possibilities of a season 3.
Previous updates on Season 3 of ‘Mindhunter’
‘Mindhunter’, created by Joe Penhall, debuted on Netflix in October 2017. Season 2 of this critically acclaimed thriller followed with 19 episodes premiering on August 16, 2019. While the sudden rumours regarding the cancellation of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 might surprise a few fans, the network has hinted towards it through updates since the beginning of the year. It’s been over 14 months since Season 2 of ‘Mindhunter’ premiered.
At the very beginning of the year, Netflix announced that Season 3 of ‘Mindhunter’ is being put on indefinite hold. The lead actors, including Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, and others were also released from their contracts. This raised many eyes towards the possible cancellation; however, Netflix didn’t confirm any such rumour.
A Netflix rep told “TVLine”:
“David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death, and Robots. He 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.”
Since the lead cast has been released from their contract; David Fincher has hinted that ‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 might face issues related to lack of funds, we might soon get a confirmed update regarding the cancellation of the show. What are your views on it? Do you think ‘Mindhunter’ deserves at least one more season?