Netflix Announces New Episodes of Making a Murderer

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It’s been over half a year now since the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer took the world by storm, sparking outrage over the current state of the U.S. criminal justice system and debates about objectivity in documentary filmmaking. Since then we’ve heard that Steven Avery has filed a new appeal, opening the door for a potential follow-up of some sort. Now this week Netflix has officially announced that directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have started production on brand new episodes of the show. While some have reported this as confirmation of a second season, Netflix has not specified if they are actually expecting a full season from this (probably because they don’t yet know how much material it will generate). Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:


“Netflix today announces that Executive Producers / Directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, are in production on new episodes of the Emmy-nominated Making a Murderer. 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.

The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case.”

The goal is apparently not to get a new trial, but to vacate the conviction, which is potentially the fastest way to free Avery. This means that, as Kathleen Zellner has hinted, that they may put forward evidence as to who Teresa Halbach’s true killer might be. No word yet on when the new episodes might air, but the appeal is expected to be filed at the end of August and after that a hearing will need to be set. Are you looking forward to a continuation of Making a Murderer and do you think Steven Avery will eventually be proven innocent?

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