Netflix's true-crime docuseries Making a Murderer was released in the tail end of 2015, and instantly became a massive sensation. The show focused on convicted murderer, Steven Avery and (to a lesser extent) his nephew, Brendan Dassey, both of whom are currently serving time for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Filmed over a period of 10 years, the series highlighted flaws in the investigation by Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, and raised questions over whether either party committed the crime for which they were convicted, or if they were framed. For the record, both parties maintain their innocence.
Making a Murderer quickly became a water-cooler series with many taking to the internet to share their thoughts and opinions. Calls for season 2 were quick to come about; hardly a surprise given the gripping nature of the show, but filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi simply didn't have another decade to garner footage and turn it into a new show. After receiving six Emmy nominations and worldwide critical acclaim, however, Netflix has announced the show will return, and that Demos and Ricciardi are already in production on new episodes.
In a press release, Netflix gave more detail on the route the second season will take:
"The new installments will take fans of the acclaimed documentary series back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co- defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld.
This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as, the emotional toll the process takes on all involved."
In a statement, filmmakers Demos and Ricciardi said they were grateful for the fan support, which ensured they could tell more of Avery and Dassey's story.
“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold”
Netflix VP of Original Programing, Lisa Nishimura added that the streaming service was pleased to continue its relationhsip with Demos and Ricciardi. While the service famously doesn't release viewing figures, it seems safe to assume the show served Netflix very well indeed.
"Because of Ricciardi’s and Demos’ incredible vision, commitment and keen eye, audiences around the globe became completely captivated by the personal stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the unique lens their experiences provide into the criminal justice system. We’re thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the filmmakers, and look forward to giving our global viewers eagerly anticipated updates on this story.”
Avery no longer has the same legal team, which will come as a disappointment to fans of his previous counsel, Jerry Buting and Dean Strang, who somehow stole the show with their no nonsense yet caring approach to the case. Both became internet sensations for a short time, but now Avery has a new lawyer in place; Kathleen Zellner. Making a Murderer will now follow her, as well as Dassey's lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as they fight for justice for their clients. The show will also focus on the Avery family once more.
Many will remember the heartbreaking appearances on-screen from Avery's mother, Dolores, as she struggled to come to terms with seeing her son imprisoned for murder. After being wrongly convicted for a violent assault, Avery had already spent nearly two decades behind bars before new DNA evidence came to light, exonerating him of the crime. Mrs. Avery had just gotten her son back, when suddenly he was charged with committing a murder. Whether viewers were of the opinion that he did or didn't do it, it was still incredibly sad to see a dedicated mother losing her son in this way, and it will be interesting to see how she is faring now, as her son continues to fight to clear his name.
There is no word on when Making A Murderer season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix, but we will keep you updated.