If you just finished Mindhunter season 2, you probably have a fair few questions (like, why is Bill Tench constantly eating? I’m not having a dig. Just wondering…). The main query viewers seem to have is, why is there blood on Holden Ford’s sleeve at the end of the final episode?
Remember when he’s eating his dinner after Wayne Williams aka the Atlanta Monster is charged with killing just two of the victims? Well, Jonathan Groff’s character spots a blood-like substance on his sleeve, and jumps up to wash it out.
It’s a callback to the very first episode of Mindhunter. When we meet Detective Ford for the first time, he’s at the scene of a hostage situation. A desperate man wants to speak to his estranged wife, and he refuses to let anyone go until she arrives.
The whole things ends terribly when Holden won’t let his wife speak to him, and the man shoots himself in the head.
After this traumatic incident, Holden heads home. Once there, he notices there is blood on his sleeve. Same as in the latest episode, he jumps up to wash the blood out of his sleeve. Or as a lot of fans are saying, it’s more of a case of washing the blood off of his hands.
Basically, Holden feels guilty about the death of the desperate man, which is also how he feels about the murdered children in Atlanta. He knows the real killer is still on the loose, and that the mothers will potentially never get justice for what has happened to their young sons.
So, maybe we should keep an eye out for a sleeve-washing scene in season 3 too…
You Might Also Like