Earlier this year, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demo did for Netflix what Sarah Koenig did for podcasting, taking a small-town murder mystery and turning it into a massively popular and gripping docu-series.
Ricciardi and Demo’s Making a Murderer chronicled the murder case and conviction of Stephen Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, for the death of Teresa Halbach in 2005. The veracity of their convictions remain up for debate, with over 500,000 people having signed a petition asking President Obama to pardon the men. What’s more, the Midwest Innocent Project recently picked up Avery’s case and filed a new petition on his behalf.
With many questions left unanswered and new developments arriving almost daily, Netflix today commissioned a second season of Making a Murderer. “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,” Variety notes. “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.”
As of now, there is no premiere date for the new season; but rest assured, it’s coming.