It’s looking as though Mindhunter fans itching for a season 3 might not want to hold their breath.
Deadline reports that a third season of the crime thriller won’t be happening— but that doesn’t necessarily mean the series is dead for good.
Today’s Mindhunter news comes from none other than executive producer David Fincher, who revealed in an interview with Vulture that choosing to shelf the crime thriller really comes down to time restraints.
“It’s a 90-hour workweek. It absorbs everything in your life,” said Fincher of bringing the series to life. “When I got done, I was pretty exhausted and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season 3.”
Of course, it’s not just about workload. Though Netflix didn’t outright cancel the series, Fincher also pointed to the fact that while the show has a loyal fanbase, the show isn’t exactly a cash cow when you look at the numbers.
“Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show,” Fincher continued. “But I honestly don’t think we’re going to be Abel to do it for less than I did season 2, And on some level, you have to be realistic— dollars have to equal eyeballs.”
Though Fincher paints a bleak picture for the future of the series, a spokesperson for Netflix left fans with a glimmer of hope to grasp on to. In confirming that season 3 was a no go, the streamer also added that they might be interested in revisiting the possibility somewhere further down the line.
For now, it seems as though fans will have to settle for enjoying the two seasons that exist, and theorizing about what we might see if we ever do get a season 3.
Starring Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv, both season of Mindhunter are streaming on Netflix now.