Making a Murderer fans have been begging for a second season of the hit docuseries since finishing the first, and their wishes just might come true. A follow-up on the story of the Steven Avery hasn't been confirmed yet, but the filmmakers have indicated that they want to continue documenting the case. However, there's more interest in Brendan Dassey being the focus of Season 2, rather than his uncle remaining the central figure.
Viewers were deeply troubled by the way Dassey's trial played out, and how he was seemingly treated by law enforcement and his appointed attorney. Even Avery's lawyer, Dean Strang, voiced concerns for the teenager in Season 1, eventually saying that he couldn't think about it too much because he had to focus on his own client's problems. Because of Dassey's age at the time and the suggestion that he had a low IQ and thus couldn't fully understand how he was implicating himself in the murder of Teresa Halbach, his life sentence, with the possibility of parole in 2048, almost seemed more grim than Avery's life sentence without parole.
For these reasons, his case is more likely to garner action from the courts. Dassey is currently awaiting a federal judge's ruling on a writ of habeas corpus that could potentially bring him back to court to question his detention. There's no timetable for when the judge will make his decision, so it could happen at any time.
During a panel discussion at New York’s IFC Center in February, the filmmakers expressed interest in making a second season. Co-creator Laura Ricciardi said, "From our perspective, this story is obviously not over." In reference to Dassey's writ of habeas corpus request, she said:
We do know that two potential outcomes are that the judge could order Brendan’s release, or he could order a new trial. So we are on the edge of seats about that. To the extent that there are significant developments, we would like to continue documenting this.
Neither filmmaker indicated that the next season would focus on Dassey rather than Avery, but it just makes sense. They did confirm that they've taken initial steps toward producing Season 2, recording conversations with Avery from prison and speaking to his new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner. So it's at least clear that the idea is on their radar.
If anything does happen with Dassey's case, it will no doubt be covered in the media immediately. But a season of TV devoted to it would give America an inside look at the man who's life it's been so closely following. Seeing how Dassey feels about his situation and how any developments that may occur came to be would be totally worth 10 hours of TV time.
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