Making a Murderer will return to Netflix for a second season to tie up some loose ends left by Season 1 and to look at Steven Avery’s life post-conviction. SheKnows let fans know on Tuesday that Season 2 of Making a Murderer should provide some updates on details and people that Season 1 left hanging seven months ago, including what Steven Avery is doing behind bars and if Brendan Dassey’s case is being reexamined.
Netflix tweeted on Tuesday that “it’s not over” and that Making a Murderer will return, leaving fans asking when and if there will be a new story. In response, Making a Murderer tweets continued to let fans in on the premise for Season 2. According to Netflix, Making a Murderer filmmakers are working on new episodes for Season 2 that will continue the story of Season 1.
The first season of Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The popular web television series was aired on Netflix as a 10-part documentary that filmed over the course of 10 years and follows the life of Steven Avery, a “DNA exoneree” from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who was wrongly convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen in 1985.
After serving 18 long years in prison, Steven Avery was finally exonerated when DNA from the crime scene was matched to the true suspect. Making a Murderer goes on to tell how Avery filed a civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County, as well as several county officials, for wrongly arresting and convicting him. Avery was expecting to get paid millions in restitution by the county with a win from the lawsuit, but instead managed to turn attention to himself as a suspect in the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Teresa Halbach was a photographer that was last seen at a salvage yard belonging to Steven Avery. Avery was arrested in 2005, two years after filing the civil suit, when bloodstains found in Halbach’s car were matched to Steven Avery’s DNA. According to Avery’s attorneys, the blood in Halbach’s car could have very easily been planted there from a vial of blood taken from Avery back in 1985 during the Penny Beerntsen case. Avery maintained his innocence in Season 1 of Making a Murderer, saying that the blood was planted and that he was framed as a way to discredit his $36 million civil suit.
Steven Avery, along with Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was ultimately convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach, and the very last episode of the first season of Making a Murderer shows other members of the Avery family trying to “mend their broken lives,” with Steven behind bars for a second time and Brendan convicted as an accessory in Halbach’s murder.
The Verge says in an article that Manitowoc County police may have manipulated the Halbach murder crime scene, planting evidence in order to get a conviction for Avery, possibly due to a conflict of interest between the department and the civil lawsuit. The article went on to say that a confession may have been forced from Steven Avery’s teenage nephew, Brendan Dassey, and pointed to Dassey’s four-hour video interrogation that was shared by Complex back in January.
Making a Murderer had quite the loyal following by the end of Season 1 that left fans wondering if Avery and Dassey were framed for Teresa Halbach’s murder. Some viewers even called the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department crooked and believe that Avery and Dassey were convicted under “questionable circumstances.” Season 2 is supposed to pick up where Season 1 left off with updates on whether or not Steven Avery is doing research into his own defense while behind bars and if Brendan Dassey has a new attorney that will reexamine his case.
Netflix has not said how many episodes will be in Season 2 of Making a Murderer or when the release date is, but Rotten Tomatoes gave the true-crime drama series five stars and 97 percent as a “spellbinding slow burn that effectively utilizes the documentary format to tell a twisty mystery.”
Wisconsin prosecutors, on the other hand, say that Making a Murderer is completely one-sided and omits crucial information that was used to convict Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.
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