Making a Murderer, Netflix’s true crime documentary that became a national sensation and was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards last week, has been renewed for season two. According to Netflix, the new season “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.” Expect a “tsunami of new evidence,” as promised by Avery’s lawyer, to be involved.
The new episodes “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,” which makes sense, considering season one ended with — spoiler alert — Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey being convicted and sentenced to prison. Making a Murderer writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are hoping for a different ending, though. “From our perspective, this story is obviously not over,” Ricciardi said. “To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this [case].”
Their wish came true. In a press release about the renewal, Ricciardi and Demos wrote, “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 has yet to announce a premiere date.