Netflix has delivered some great shows over the years, but none have been as unsettling yet so addictive as Mindhunter.

As the countdown to Halloween approached in 2017, Netflix audiences were invited to witness something truly terrifying. 

Mindhunter season 1 premiered on the streaming platform on Friday, October 13th 2019 and immediately demanded attention and intrigue. The crime series was based on John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s non-fiction book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.

Set in 1977, we chronicle FBI agents Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) who, together with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), pioneer the Behavioral Science Unit within the academy. The series centres upon the interviews conducted with incarcerated murderers, in the hopes to better understand the mind of a killer. To catch a killer, one must think like a killer.

It was gripping television, and fortunately,  season 2 finally arrived on Friday, August 16th 2019. 

Netflix presents… Mindhunter: Season 2

So, what’s season 2 about?

Well, this time around we’re taking a haunting dive into the Atlanta Murders of 1979-1981. This refers to the killings of at least twenty-eight people in Atlanta, Georgia over the course over a rough period of two years. The horrifying crimes saw many, from (primarily) children to adults, fall victim to the serial killer. 

It was the 23-year-old Wayne Williams, who was charged with two life sentences for certain crimes. However, there were many he wasn’t charged with which could have very well been linked to him. Interestingly, Atlanta police recently resurfaced the case in 2019, believing that the equipment now at our disposal may clear up some disturbing loose ends. 

This case serves as the main narrative of the second season, although others are touched upon, such as Charles Manson etc. 

What year is Mindhunter season 2 set in?

According to Wikipedia, the second season is set between 1980 and 1981, three years on from the events depicted in season 1. 

The story takes place over nine episodes this time, deviating from the previous season’s ten. A glaring similarity between the two seasons though is just how critically acclaimed they are. Critics and audiences loved the first and feel that the second has more than lived up to expectations, earning it a fantastic 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an equally impressive 96% audience score.  

It’s expertly crafted, so let’s take a look at who the directors are behind the recent episodes.

The directors of Mindhunter season 2

As expected, masterful filmmaker David Fincher is back at the helm, tackling directorial duties for the first three episodes. He’s made some incredible works over the years, such as Fight Club, The Social Network, Zodiac and Gone Girl. Often cited as one of the great modern directors, it’s great to have him back. 

Episodes four and five are handled by Andrew Dominik, who made the excellent The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly and Chopper. He’s an excellent choice to take over from Fincher, and indeed, Carl Franklin is a stellar choice to take over from him for episodes six through nine; he helmed 2003’s Out Of Time, 1995’s Devil In a Blue Dress and episodes of House of Cards, The Leftovers and more. 

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