Netflix hasn’t been the kindest to its subscriber base, as many of its shows have sadly been canceled as of late. We’ve seen quite a few series not even make it past the first season but there are also some gems that returned for a second but didn’t manage to live on. It seems more and more like a rarity that a series manages to live for multiple seasons like Umbrella Academy or Stranger Things.
Among the most hoped-for returns would be the canceled Mindhunter series from the mind of Joe Penhall and David Fincher. The series followed the FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, as they worked for the Behavioral Science Unit, where they interview serial killers to better understand their minds. Sadly, it seems that Fincher has shot down any chances of a third season in an interview with the French publisher Le Journal du Dimanche.
I’m very proud of the first two seasons, but it’s a particularly expensive series and, in the eyes of Netflix, we haven’t attracted a large enough audience to justify such an investment. I don’t blame them, they took risks to launch the series.David Fincher
It’s a shame as the second season was welcomed to much critical acclaim, but it seems viewers simply didn’t check it out back in 2019. It’s crazy to think how long it has been since the series was released and yet Mindhunter is still on the minds of many, hoping to see it finally return. Yet, as Fincher points out, it seems they just didn’t have a big enough audience to really sell a third season to Netflix. It’s been the biggest issue the streamer has faced, especially with the amount of series they put out.
They seem to go for a quantity strategy and hope a few gems might manage to pop up here or there. It does happen like with the recent success of Wednesday and The Sandman, but it’s becoming seemingly more difficult for new series to establish themselves. Netflix has put a lot of money into upcoming adaptations of Three-Body Problem, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the live-action One Piece series. So, here’s hoping they can break the curse and go on for many more seasons.