Almost three years after Making a Murderer became one of Netflix’s most celebrated documentary series, the streaming service is preparing to release a follow-up season.
Making a Murderer Part 2, a 10-episode season that follows Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey through the post-conviction process, will begin streaming on Oct. 19, Netflix said today.
Avery is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, which occurred two years after he was released from prison, where he had served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return for the second season, which follows Avery’s post-conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who works to try and prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and win his freedom. Meanwhile, Dassey’s post-conviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary.
“Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice,” said Ricciardi and Demos in a statement. “Building on Part 1, which documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers.”
Season 1 of the docuseries, which was released in December 2015, won four Emmys, including outstanding documentary or nonfiction series.
Ricciardi and Demos first talked about a potential followup back in January 2016, and Netflix confirmed that a second season was on the way that summer.