Netflix’s Mindhunter Season 2 picks up after Holden Ford’s (Johnathan Groff) panic attack, but that does not stop him though from diving back into his work. His partner Bill Tench (Holt McCanally), however, is struggling with his work and home life. Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) is struggling to be taken seriously by the unit’s new boss, but finds a new love interest to occupy her time.
I was very invested in Bill Tench’s home life this season, which takes a morbid turn. We also got more insight into Dr. Carr’s personal life, and while I did enjoy her scenes, it ultimately didn’t really lead anywhere, which is a bit disappointing. Holden is still annoying and arrogant like before, but like him you are also frustrated while in Atlanta with the lack of timeliness and resources that they had.
Damon Herriman plays Charles Manson and he definitely had more to do here than in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, the series’ focus isn’t on Manson, it instead tackles the Atlanta child murders. Christopher Livingston who plays Wayne Williams is very unsettling and another highlight for the season. I do wish we got a bit more from Ed Kemper since he was an integral part of the first season, but he still shows up here and is great.
The interviews that were the best part of season 1 do take a bit of a backseat, especially in the second half of this season. When the interviews show up in season 2, they’re just as good. But the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit is now seeming to take a more active part in investigations, here using their research to help capture the Atlanta child murderer.
The final episode this season was one I could not look away from. Episodes 2, 5, and 9 from this season were definite highlights, but on a whole season 2 of Mindhunter proves to better than the already impressive first season. The actors they get to portray these serial killers are something else. They are unsettling yet compelling, and the resemblance to them is completely uncanny.
After an even better second season, I am eagerly awaiting a season 3. I’m curious if the Behavioral Science Unit will continue to be part of investigations now on rather than doing research and interviews. I’m also very interested to see what happens with Tench’s family going forward as well as to what other serial killers they might interview as some very notorious ones will soon be captured.
I give Mindhunter season 2 an A.