Nearly three years after the first season of Making A Murderer became a true crime phenomenon, the series is returning for a second chapter on Netflix.
The Emmy-Award winning original documentary, which followed the story of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer, quickly became one of the most-talked about TV shows of all time.
Revolutionising the true crime genre, the series was a game-changer and one of Netflix’s most popular series.
First trailer - Meet Steven Avery's new lawyer
The new series from Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos introduces us to Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging postconviction lawyer.
Ricciardi and Demos also follow Dassey’s postconviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin with Northwestern University’s Centre on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, as they fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary, a fight that could take Brendan’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
When is Making a Murderer Part 2 streaming on Netflix?
Netflix has confirmed the second season will be streaming from October 19th.
How many episode will there be?
The show is returning for another 10-episodes, directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
What is happening in season 2?
The series returns to the Midwest where they have exclusive access to Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf.
Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes postconviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.
“Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice,” said executive producers, writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
“Building on Part 1, which documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers.”
What's new in season 2?
Part 2 introduces viewers to Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging postconviction lawyer, in her fight to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and win his freedom. Ricciardi and Demos follow Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America, as she tirelessly works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.
Ricciardi and Demos also follow Dassey’s postconviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and StevenDrizin with Northwestern University’s Centre on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, as they fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary, a fight that could take Brendan’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
How to watch Making a Murderer?
Making a Murderer Part One is streaming now on Netflix.
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Making a Murderer – Part 1 recap
The series tells the story of Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who was arrested and convicted for the assault of Penny Beernsten in 1985.
Despite an alibi and maintaining his innocence, he was identified by Beernsten and served 18 years in prison.
Avery was eventually released after DNA proved that another man, Gregory Allen was the real rapist.
After filing a civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and the officials who bungled his original case, Avery was arrested again for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who had visited Avery’s car yard.
Avery’s legal time built a case arguing that he was being framed and they argued that his nephew Brendan Dassey, who has learning difficulties, was coerced into a confession that he and Avery murdered and assaulted Halbach.
At the end of a long trial, Avery and Dassey were both convicted, however, the legal teams involved in the case and many viewers, remain unconvinced by the verdict.
What happened after Making a Murderer Part 1 was released?
The Steven Avery trial become the most talked about case in the world with a huge public debate.
Prosecutor Ken Kratz spoke on TV critically about the series and appeared on TV to debate the topic. However, he has since resigned as District Attorney following his own sex text scandal and a confession that he was seeking treatment for sexual addiction and narcissistic personality disorder.
Avery and Dassey have been involved in a series of appeals, retrials and significant legal wrangling, but ultimately neither has successfully cleared their name.
The success of the show spawned an official White House petition calling for Steven and Brendan to be pardoned.
Picking up 129, 950 signatures, the Oval Office responded to the petition explaining that they couldn’t pardon Steven Avery because it was state crimes rather than Federal ones.
The success of the show also turned lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting and reporter Aaron Keller into stars.
Kathleen Zellner, who will appear in the second season, believes she has found an alternative killer, building a case against Teresa Halbach’s on-off boyfriend Ryan Hillegas.
Zellner’s allegations and new case are expected to be the focus of the new episodes.