Netflix Greenlights ‘Making a Murderer’ Season 2


Netflix has announced a new run of episodes of its wildly popular crime documentary series Making a Murderer. The ten-part series premiered on the streaming site in December 2015 and quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, averaging over 19 million views per episode in its first 35 days, according to Symphony Advanced Media.

Directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who shot the series over a ten-year period, Making a Murderer delved into the case of Steven Avery, a Manitowoc County, Wisconsin resident who served 18 years in prison for a sexual assault and attempted murder that he didn’t commit. Two years after Avery was exonerated, he was arrested again, this time for the murder of a photographer named Teresa Halbach who had come to the Avery family’s salvage yard to take photos for an auto trade magazine.

Making a Murderer posits that the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department had a conflict of interest in their involvement in the case, and suggests Avery — and his then-16-year-old nephew, Brendon Dassey, who was convicted as an accessory to the murder — was wrongfully convicted.

There’s no premiere date yet for Season 2, which will document the legal battle to challenge Dassey’s and Avery’s convictions, while the State fights to uphold them. Ricciardi and Demos will again co-direct, and promise exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner — whose involvement in the case was made public in January 2016 — as well as Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin.