Jonathan Groff talks through Mindhunter's divisive final scene

There was a cold, formal quality to Netflix’s Mindhunter, which was both expected—David Fincher helped set the tone—and wholly appropriate, what with the show centering around measured, clinical conversations between FBI agents and serial killers. There was something satisfyingly jarring, then, about the finale, which…

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The Mindhunter cast says that the show doesn’t glorify serial killers

The new Netflix drama Mindhunter explores the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, as investigators interview imprisoned serial killers in an effort to understand their motivations. In the video above, star Holt McCallany explains how the show tries not to glorify or romanticize serial killers, instead…

The cast of Mindhunter thinks it's cool you watched the show in 2 days

Netflix’s new drama Mindhunter explores the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, as investigators interview imprisoned serial killers in an effort to understand their motivations. As is common for Netflix shows, Mindhunter seems to breed endless discussion and debate. The A.V. Club recently sat down with…

The "serial killer" is born in a Mindhunter that shows the team at their best—and worst

For the Behavioral Science Unit, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The penultimate episode of Mindhunter Season 1 shows the team operating at the peak of their powers, working in in tandem to create the term for which they’ll go down in history: “serial killer.” It also depicts faultlines forming…

The pleasure principal: Mindhunter's Agent Ford learns about power from a killer, then goes outside the system to wield it

For Mindhunter to succeed, its investigations have to be successful too. That doesn’t mean Holden, Bill, and Wendy need to solve every case or understand every unique pathology they encounter. It simply means that the temperament and technique that help them produce their best work — the blend of curiosity,…

The boys from the Bureau make a breakthrough—and gain a partner—as Mindhunter's hunt continues 

Two out of three episodes of Mindhunter have begun with brief, decontextualized scenes starring the man who will become the infamous BTK Killer. Two out of three episodes have not concluded or reached a climax so much as just…stopped, at the end of a scene that feels like it could have fallen anywhere within the hour…

With a little help from my fiends: A serial-killer cameo gives Mindhunter's second episode a brutal boost

Edmund Kemper is not your average pop-culture serial killer. That’s the point. Mindhunter’s second episode may be dogged by many of the same problems as its premiere—we’ll get to that later—but its decision to cast “The Co-Ed Killer” as the Hannibal Lecter to restless FBI Agent Holden Ford’s Clarice Starling is as…

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Dawn of the dead: Mindhunter takes us back to the start of the serial-killer era

“It’s not like there’s some magical machine that makes identical copies of things.” To its eternal credit, Mad Men got the single worst line of dialogue in the entire series out of the way in its pilot episode. Don Draper’s brief aside about the state of the art in office equipment functions as a gag only from the…

Looking cast and creators on marriage and saying goodbye

According to Looking creator Michael Lannan, his co-executive producer Andrew Haigh always knew who Patrick (Jonathan Groff), their protagonist, would be with at the series’ conclusion. Lannan “wasn’t as sure” but knew the beau in question was a “possibility.” (They “remember this a little bit differently,” Lannan…

Looking’s Jonathan Groff sees his way to David Fincher’s Mindhunter series

Looking may have been canceled, but Jonathan Groff has rebounded nicely—he’s currently playing King George III in the Broadway mega-hit Hamilton, and he’s just landed a role on Netflix’s upcoming Mindhunter series, from executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron. The drama and/or thriller is based on John…