Season 2 of Mindhunter has just been released, and it has been much anticipated. The first season was done in such a great fashion that many fans of true crime shows immediately enjoyed the first season, and were praying for a second one—and after a long wait, we now have it.
To begin, season 2 focuses on a whole new group of killers—no longer just on Ed Kemper, but this time, on two very famous killers in Charles Manson and the Son of Sam. They are both polar opposites, really, on the killer spectrum, but, both are still names that everyone recognizes. As well as other killers, they look to branch out and learn more about the minds of killers, which was really great to see.
What was great as well was that one of the main plot lines in the show was completely different from what was expected, being the Atlanta Child Murders. To think that 29 young boys were murdered, and that still, to this day, there is no one convicted for 27 of them, is unthinkable. But, we also go firsthand into the difficulties that the Behavioral Science Unit was going through, to get people to buy into their theories and methods. To think, if people had listened to them more, how many of those 29 lives would have been saved?
Another twist was that Dr. Carr and the other member of the team went out in the field to interview killers, while Ford and Tench were away with the Atlanta case. We got to see firsthand how useful Carr is, and how Greg is really no more than a body. He was useless in the interviews. However, it did bring forth that Dr. Carr is a lesbian, which was interesting as we did not know much about it. What was not need and seemed out of place, though, was the whole storyline of her finding a relationship, and then having that end. I'm not sure what point that had to the season, if any.
It felt like the whole season got a lot more personal, as we saw family issues with Tench happening. However, the fact his son was involved in the murder of a toddler was more pertaining to the show than Dr. Carr's love life. Tench's son, apparently, told older boys who suffocated the toddler to lie him down on a cross. The reason is not for sure known, but the mother was saying it was to turn the toddler into an angel. This put an interesting dilemma in the show, as Tench had to be in the field, and be home every Friday as his son had therapy sessions. One of the last shows of the season was Tench returning home to an empty house, as before, his wife was asking for him to consider moving for the good of their son, to get a new chance. He said that he wanted to wait until after Atlanta, which apparently was not the right answer in her mind. It will be interesting to see what occurs with them in the next season. It was a little dramatic, if you ask me. Can you blame Tench for wanting to wait? He is currently dealing with the biggest case in the unit’s history, which will help them establish credibility. Moving is a big task, and there was just too much on the go at the moment.
The last scene of the season I thought was brilliant. All season long, they have been teasing us with bits and pieces relating to the BTK Killer, and the end season was just a little bit more. It helped too, knowing that it meant there would be another season, as it left with a cliff hanger. But, even better than that, there are three more seasons in the works. Hopefully, they will address BTK next season, or it will continue to be a build up until the last season. Either way, the show keeps getting better and better!