Would 'Making A Murderer' Season 2 Be About Steven Avery? The Filmmakers Are Still Following His Case
Netflix ignited a national conversation when it released the true crime docuseries Making a Murderer . Since finishing the series, which debuted in December 2015, many viewers are already clamoring for more. And, while a second season isn't definite, Netflix and the filmmakers aren't against doing a Season 2 of Making a Murderer about Steven Avery, especially considering his case is still developing. Unlike popular true crime podcast Serial, which tackled a different real-life trial for its second season, the filmmakers behind Making a Murderer — Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi — have heavily implied they would continue to follow Avery's story if a second season is given the green light by Netflix.
For those viewers who can't wait to see what happened after Episode 10 of the show, they'll have to turn to the news, seeing as Making a Murderer ended in 2015 with Avery serving life in prison with no chance of parole after being convicted of Teresa Halbach's murder (of which he maintains his innocence). Avery's physical circumstances haven't changed since then, but the docuseries has given him an amount of public support from people who marathoned his story. The docuseries has seemingly energized Avery's case with him obtaining a new defense lawyer and filing an appeal against his conviction on Jan. 11, 2016.
It's no wonder with the massive success of Making a Murderer that Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said at the Television Critics Association (TCA) panel on Jan. 17 that Netflix would consider a Season 2. "The story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it," Sarandos said, as reported by People. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the TCA panel, Sarandos clarified his comments. "There's no idea for a second season; there's no pitch for a second season; we're not talking about a second season," he said. But, when asked if the book was closed on Making a Murderer, Sarandos stated, "No. I know you're asking for me to say that we're doing something or not, and we don't know yet."
So, I'd caution viewers of the series not to become too anxious for a Season 2 — it likely wouldn't happen for awhile, if it happens at all. Remember, Season 1 was a 10-year effort.
As for the creators Demos and Ricciardi, they seem game to pursue a Season 2 based on their comments at the TCA panel. "I think today marks four weeks since the series launched and what we've managed to do in the past four weeks is we've had several telephone conversations with Steven Avery and we did record those calls with the eye of including them in future episodes should there be more episodes," Ricciardi said at the TCAs, according to E! Online.
At the TCAs, Demos agreed with Ricciardi. "As we've said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open, but it's real life," Demos said at the TCA panel, according to People."You don't know what's going to happen. We are ready to follow these. If there are significant developments, we'll be there."
No matter how Netflix and the filmmakers decide to handle the ongoing interest in the Avery case, viewers of Making a Murderer know that, at minimum, Demos and Ricciardi are capable of making truly compelling TV.
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