Bad news for fans of Mindhunter as it looks like the show has probably reached its end. At least for the foreseeable future. Netflix has released the entire core cast from their contracts and series creative head David Fincher is currently focusing on other projects. With that being the case, Mindhunter season 3 looks to be nothing more than a pipedream, unless something rather dramatic happens.

According to various reports, Holt McCallan, Anna Torv and Jonathan Groff's contracts have lapsed, which means they are free to pursue other projects. With that, they will almost definitely become tied up elsewhere, even if Netflix and David Fincher decide to move forward with the show at some point down the line. So, even though the show isn't officially canceled, a continuation seems improbable at best. A Netflix spokesperson had this to say about it in a statement.

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"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."

Mank is expected to arrive sometime this year and Love, Death and Robots season 2 is currently in the works. That makes David Fincher a busy man. The good news, for those who wish to hold out hope for Mindhunter season 3, is that both of those projects are also being produced for Netflix. That makes it quite clear that Fincher and the streaming service are getting along quite well. Things just don't seem to be panning out for the beloved crime series.

Mindhunter made its debut on the streaming service in October 2017 and was met with rave reviews, in addition to generating a ton of social media buzz. The show takes place in the late 1970s and centers on two FBI agents who expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder. Season 2 saw The Behavioral Science Unit called into action when the FBI joins in a high-profile hunt for a serial child murderer. The show is based on the 1995 book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit and was created by Joe Penhall.

David Fincher helped put Netflix original programming on the map with House of Cards, which ran for six seasons. Unfortunately, that seems to be the exception, as opposed to the rule. Increasingly, we're seeing well-liked shows canceled after just a season or two by the streaming service. Netflix almost never releases any sort of ratings information, but they base renewal decisions based on viewership, as well as awards season accolades. Mindhunter currently holds a stellar 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Be that as it may, this one simply doesn't seem to be in the cards. This news comes to us via Deadline.

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