First ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Trailer: Charles Manson & Son of Sam in Next Chapter of Netflix’s True Crime Series


The first trailer has arrived for Mindhunter‘s second season – and it looks like a doozy of a follow-up.

Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany return as FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who we met in the first season as they formed a special unit that attempted to break ground by applying behavioral analysis to the search for serial killers. Anna Torv is also back as Wendy Carr, the stoic psychologist who joined them.

Based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, co-written by retired special agent John E. Douglas (the inspiration for the character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ Silence of the Lambs books), the first chapter touched on a number of real-life cases and serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, Jerry Brudos and Montie Ralph Rissell. The second joins the Behavioral Science Unit a few years later and covers the Atlanta child murders of 1979–81, the killer known as Son of Sam, and yes, as that snippet in the trailer below confirms, Charles Manson will appear.

“In the 70s, post-Manson, post-Son of Sam, post-Zodiac, there really was, I don’t think you can say it was an epidemic, but there was definitely the feeling that the notion of this has gotten away from us,” David Fincher said on The Treatment podcast.

“There was this transition. I remember it happening with Son of Sam. When I left the Bay Area in the mid-1970s and our parents moved to Oregon, you go 300 miles north and nobody talked about Zodiac. It had been this festering thing that had never been brought to any kind of closure, but no one cared about it [outside of the Bay Area]. Then Son of Sam came, and it was Newsweek and Time, the cover.”

David Fincher continues on as executive producer and directs the first and last of the season’s 8 episodes. Aussie director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and Carl Franklin (The Leftovers, House of Cards) direct 3 each.

Mindhunter season 2, also starring Joe Tuttle, Albert Jones, Stacey Roca, Michael Cerveris, Lauren Glazier, and Sierra McClain, hits Netflix  on August 16.



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