Unless you live under a rock (or don't have an Internet connection or Netflix), it was probably difficult to escape from Mindhunter over the weekend. The new serial killer drama executive produced by David Fincher (and created by playwright Joe Penhall) delved into the beginnings of "sequence murderer" profiling, and captured the imaginations of cinephiles everywhere with its meticulous 70s period detail and attention to character dynamics.
Not content to simply let the buzz die, David Fincher dropped some hints as to where Season Two of the streaming binge-thriller is headed, and the reveal is kind of surprising. Speaking with Billboard regarding the show's use of music, Fincher said:
“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons."
For those unaware, the Atlanta child murders revolved around Wayne Williams. Between '79 and '81, twenty-eight African-American children (and a few scattered adults), were shot, strangled, or stabbed to death. Williams was eventually arrested, tried and convicted for two of the murders, before being held responsible for the rest of the crimes. However, Williams always maintained his innocence, with his lawyers and even some law enforcement officials believing the real perpetrator(s) got away.
Elusiveness seems to be a running theme for Mindhunter, which is being built around both the killers that Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) profiled, but also at least one that set up shop in America while their studies into criminal psychology were being performed (***Mild Spoilers***: the BTK Killer, Dennis Rader, is introduced throughout Season One, even though he wouldn't be caught until '05). Instead of your standard police procedural (which there is plenty of during the kick off season), Fincher, Penhall & Co. seem more focused on this niche history of the United States, and how it was both influenced by and, in turn, bled into the country's pop culture vernacular.
Also interesting from a dramatic standpoint is the fact that John E. Douglas - author of the eponymous novel on which the show was based - was officially censured by the FBI following Williams' capture, as an interview with People magazine was widely regarded as reckless and endangering to the suspect in the law enforcement community, as he was convicted in the media by the FBI without enjoying the benefit of a fair trial via a jury of his peers.
Mindhunter is one of the strongest pieces of entertainment to emerge in '17 (read our first set of "Journals" on the series here), and hearing that the Second Season is going to stay the course, outlining this period in investigative history is beyond exciting. No word on a release date as of yet, but we will keep you informed.