Netflix true crime sensation Making a Murderer is returning, so what can we expect?
It was a real slow-burning success.
Released without much fanfare on Netflix over the Christmas holidays, Making a Murderer soon became the watercooler topic du jour – once people had returned to work in January that is.
And fans of the documentary series have reacted with excitement today, after it was announced that there will be new episodes coming to the streaming service.
It's not over. #MakingAMurderer will return.
— Making A Murderer (@MakingAMurderer) July 19, 2016
What was it all about again?
It’s been a while, so here’s a super-quick recap: Making a Murderer told the remarkable story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
He was arrested and convicted of the 2005 murder of local photographer Teresa Halbach, and is still in prison. He was imprisoned for life, and his nephew Brendan Dassey was charged as an accessory.
A few years earlier he had filed a civil lawsuit for $36 million in damages against Manitowoc County, after having served 18 years of a 32-year rape/attempted murder sentence, before DNA evidence cleared him in 2003.
Coincidence, or a gross miscarriage of justice?
The first series examined the Avery story, and both convictions, in meticulous detail, and made stars of his two lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting.
When’s the new series coming to Netflix?
We don’t know the release date yet, or how many episodes have been ordered.
The new episodes are currently “in production”, so stay tuned for more info.
Do we know *anything*?
We do know that Making a Murderer executive producers / directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who spent ten years on the story, are back on the case.
Netflix has also stated that 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”.
The intrepid legal duo of Strang and Buting have been replaced.
According to Netflix, “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.”
Which probably means an end to bizarre fan art like this, sadly:
Do we really need more episodes?
Some have already made the point that Making a Murderer has essentially turned a real life story of crime and tragedy into entertainment.
One that’s all helping to boost the turnover of a massive corporation.
— Rob Magee (@robmagee86) July 19, 2016
The producers will have to make sure there’s reason enough to revisit the story, such as significant developments in the case, or compelling new evidence.
Otherwise they run the risk of being accused of exploiting real people for commercial ends.