Netflix truly is the gift that keeps on giving, especially since it was confirmed on Tuesday that Making A Murderer Season 2 is in production. Netflix's documentary series has been a talking point since it was released in December 2015, with viewers all over the world delving into the story of Teresa Halbach's murder. Season 1 consisted of 10 episodes, filmed over a 10 year period, closely following the imprisonment of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey on murder charges. Having filmed the first season over such a long period of time, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos had a lot of footage to draw upon. With this in mind, how many new episodes of Making A Murderer will there be? Will Season 2 be a lot shorter?
Netflix's official statement says that, "new installments will take fans of the acclaimed documentary series back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey." While there is no mention of the exact number of episodes being made for the show's second season, Season 2 will take Making A Murderer fans on the next step of the journey, in particular giving "viewers an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process." Prepare to be emotionally overwrought all over again.
There's been renewed interest in the cases of both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey since Making A Murderer was released, and viewers were understandably concerned by the evidence presented by filmmakers Ricciardi and Demos. While the series was accused of bias towards Avery and Dassey, the documentary makers have staunchly defended the lack of firm evidence in the case, as well as the conflict of interest Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department had in being involved in the investigation. It seems likely that new episodes of Making A Murderer will continue to delve into the alleged injustices and misinformation surrounding the case, as well as following the personal journeys of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey as they continue to serve life sentences.
It's also very possible that the second season of Making A Murderer will be shortened to reflect the length of time that has passed — perhaps from 10 episodes to five — but with "exclusive access to Avery's new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey's legal team," there will be plenty of updates on the case to present, as well as new evidence coming to light, and the previous trials being reexamined. For that reason, we might end up getting more than the original season, perhaps 12 or 13 episodes to enjoy. Following the six Emmy nominations the show recently received, it's no surprise that Netflix has confirmed Season 2 of Making A Murderer. If, for one, can't wait to watch.