When Making a Murderer hit Netflix late last year, the story of Steven Avery and the murder he might not have committed quickly swept the nation. In the nearly six months since the show's first season became available online, Avery has retained a new lawyer, filed an appeal, and sat for another interview with the show's creators. All signs clearly point to new episodes, but it's still hard to tell when Making a Murderer season two will actually start filming.
In January, Avery hired Kathleen Zellner, an attorney with a reputation for successfully getting convictions overturned. That same month, he filed an appeal with the courts, claiming that he did not receive a fair trial back in the early 2000s, when he was first convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach. At the time he filed his appeal, Avery had served nearly nine years in prison for the crime. Meanwhile, the Netflix show which skyrocketed his story to prominence had been streaming for just under a month.
Making a Murderer creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have already expressed interest in making a second season — and with a possible appeal on the way, there could soon be plenty of content for them to cover. The tricky part is getting all of the pieces to fall into place. Before season two can start filming, Ricciardi and Demos will probably need permission from any number of sources.
One such source is Zellner. She has spoken openly about the case and her approach to it on Twitter since announcing Avery as her client, but it's unclear if she'll allow Ricciardi and Demos to interview her or film her for the series. There does seem to be a conversation happening, though. The show's creators recently told Time Out that they have been speaking with Zellner about the possibility of a second season that involves her.
Another source they'll need to incorporate is certainly Avery himself, but that box might already be partially checked. Avery hasn't been able to watch season one, but Ricciardi and Demos have already interviewed him for a potential second season. Although nothing has been filmed, it seems entirely promising that conversations are happening so soon after the show's first season.
Assuming that Avery and Zellner are on board, the show could begin filming at any point. Zellner is actively investigating new evidence to clear Avery's name, and she may be hoping to exonerate him without a new trial altogether. If that's the case, it could be important to start documenting the action as soon as possible.