Coming out almost three years after the first season reinvigorated the crime documentary genre, season two will recount the appeal process of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey.
The first trailer gives us a peak at Avery’s badass new female lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, an attorney famous for overturning wrongful convictions.
“I have one goal,” Zellner pronounces in the trailer. “And that is to overturn the conviction of Steven Avery. If he’s guilty, I’ll fail.” Seriously, does it get any cooler?
The trailer outlines the season’s core conflict: the defence will attempt to prove that Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Zellner will go back over every element of the case with a fine-tooth comb and mount a compelling case with the help of experts and scholars who refute the state’s version of events.
Along with this central story, season two will also explore the effect that the first season of the show had on Steven, his family and the local community.
Created by filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Making a Murderer became a world-wide phenomenon upon its release in 2015. The series followed the cases of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who in 2007 were found guilty of first-degree murder in Wisconsin.
The case mounted by the filmmakers — shot over a 10 year period — was so convincing and emotive that the series prompted massive public interest in the case.
The show’s popularity was such that over 200,000 people signed a 2015 petition calling for president Barack Obama to overturn Avery’s sentence.
Was Steven guilty? Did the local P.D. conspire to frame him? Was Avery’s mentally-challenged nephew coerced into a confession? And did Halbach really never leave Avery’s scrapyard? Will there be more awkward phone calls?
Making a Murderer season two will hopefully provide the answers when it premieres on Netflix on October 19.