No Season 3: Mindhunter, We Hardly Knew Ye

No crime truer than this.

No Season 3: Mindhunter, We Hardly Knew Ye

Another day, another heartbreak.

Not too long ago, I sat here to wax poetic about Doom Patrol coming to a close. And now, here I am again, to cry about Mindhunter's untimely demise.

Netflix Original, Mindhunter premiered in 2017, with a second season airing in 2019. The series portrays the start of criminal profiling and the origins of the term "serial killer." Based on arguably the most famous FBI agent, John Douglas's, true-crime book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, the series sits somewhere between the genres of historical fiction and biopic.

While many real people who have existed, including murderers and the surviving members of their victims' families, are portrayed on-screen, the investigators and detectives are all fictional characters.

Douglas, who has inspired many on-screen FBI agents in various media, is turned into Holden Ford, played expertly by Jonathan Groff. Douglas's former partner, Robert Ressler, is adapted into my favorite character, Bill Tench, played by Holt McCallany. Dr. Wendy Carr, played by Anna Torv, is loosely based on Ann Burgess, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who consulted the FBI to help develop the profiling system.

In the first season, we follow the tenacious Ford as he and the veteran Tench annoy their way into creating the Behavioral Science Unit. They perform jailhouse interviews with serial killers in order to understand these criminals. As the season progresses, Ford and Tench aid several police officers in solving murders. Due to his success, Ford develops quite the ego, which leads to him visiting Edmund Kemper and coming very close to dying at the gigantic serial killer's hands.

Despite finding the first episode a little slow, it didn't take much work for me to latch on to Mindhunter. As yet another woman with a lifelong fascination for true crime, this show was heaven to me. Smart, funny, and deliciously creepy, perfect for repeated binge-watchings on my part.

I waited in anguish for season two, desperate to know what else Ford, Tench, and Dr. Carr would get themselves into. Who else would be interviewed? How would they portray the Atlanta Child Murders?

Finally, when season two arrived in 2019, I ate it up within a day, then watched it all over immediately afterward. I couldn't get enough. And with the character of Jim Barney, who was briefly introduced in season one, returning, I found new characters to latch onto.

It's been a long few years, hoping and praying that maybe, just maybe, David Fincher would be able to make a third season happen. I lurked in the r/mindhunter subreddit, devastated whenever new articles about indefinite hiatuses were posted. I think I knew, deep in my soul, that season three was unlikely, but when I read the news, it hit me hard.

David Fincher: ‘Mindhunter’ Cost Too Much to Come Back to Netflix

Devastating, I tell you. No crime truer than this.

I suppose now all I can do is hope that another company decides to buy the show and produce it elsewhere, hopefully with everyone from the main cast returning. Hell, I'd even donate a shiny nickel to a crowdfunding campaign just to make it happen.

But I don't want to get my hopes up again.