The second season of Mindhunter kicks off after Holden’s (Jonathan Groff) close encounter with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton). Suffering from panic attacks but more determined than ever he’s ready to get back into the field. Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy (Anna Torv) are both unsure though and this is exacerbated when their new boss (Joe Tuttle) tells both of them to keep an eye on him.
The series is dominated by a series of child murders in Atlanta that highlight how political forces can interfere with criminal investigations. While Holden is convinced when it comes to the nature of his profile, the Atlanta authorities don’t want to hear it because of the potential political implications. His perceived arrogance and failure to understand that there is a game to be played leads to multiple additional setbacks for the reputation of the fledgling BSU.
Meanwhile Tench’s personal life is ripped apart when his adoptive son witnesses a terrible crime. Torn between trying to support his family and do his perceived duty, he is a man on the edge of falling apart – a situation not helped by Holden’s relentlessness and general insensitivity.
Wendy has her first experience of being in the field and realises she has quite a flair for it, opening up new possibilities for her career. A chance encounter also suggests a new shot at love but the possibility that her sexuality may be discovered puts both options at risk.
I really loved the first season of Mindhunter. The second season is even darker and peppered with some very interesting interviews, including one with Charles Manson (Damon Herriman). The performances are once again excellent with McCallany an absolute standout and Groff and Torv matching him well. However, it lags a bit in the middle and the whole season feels a bit fillery… like it’s building up to a massive crescendo in the next season. This is even hinted at through showing little snippets of BTK.
I enjoyed season 2 but it didn’t quite match up to the first season for me.