Netflix docuseries, Making a Murderer, has taken the world by storm. Now, there’s talk of a second season.
By now, most people have either heard of or binge-watched the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. The series follows the life of Steven Avery who was wrongfully imprisoned in his youth and is currently in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. The show lays out very convincing evidence that shows he was framed by the local police in his hometown and has fallen prey to the broken justice system.
Ted Sarandos is the Chief Content Officer of Netflix and has confirmed that the streaming service is looking into a second season of the series. It’s easy as a view to forget that what is on screen is a person’s real life. But the fact that Steve Avery is still behind bars means that there is always room for more updates and episodes. Moira Demos, co-creator of the show, is open to working more with Steven. She said:
“As we’ve said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open, but it’s real life. You don’t know what’s going to happen. We are ready to follow these. If there are significant developments, we’ll be there.”
Laura Ricciardi, who worked on Making a Murderer, attended the TCA panel in Pasadena California on Sunday. She talked to reporters about the series and said:
“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. But we’ve not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks.”
The show got plenty of positive attention from people sympathizing with Steven, but it also got backlash from those who think both sides weren’t well represented. Ken Kratz, who is a former Wisconsin state prosecutor saidthere was evidence left out of the series. Particularly that Theresa Halbach, who Steven is imprisoned for killing, had told her boss that she didn’t want to work with Avery because she was “creeped out” by him. It is hard to believe that any new information could change people’s minds about Stevens innocence, but regardless, Ricciardi responded to the accusation. She said:
“We’re aware now the prosecutor is saying his point of view isn’t included, we disagree. We used original footage captured at press conferences, at public forums. We’ve said before, this is a documentary. We’re not prosecutors, we’re not defense attorneys, we did not set out to convict or exonerate someone. We set out to examine the criminal justice system today.”
The show has openly reached out to the prosecutors to participate and contribute more material to the documentary, but they turned down the “multiple opportunities” to “follow up.”
While it’s not guaranteed that new episodes will come to Netflix, it seems promising that the whirlwind of attention garnered by the docuseries will push somebody to pick up on Steven’s story.