'Making a Murderer' season two is finally available to stream on Netflix
Almost three years ago, Netflix released a 10-part documentary series about a criminal case concerning the murder of Teresa Halbach. It followed the accused killer, Steven Avery, and later his nephew, Brendan Dassey, after the pair were convicted for the crime in 2007.
Now, more than a decade after the crime took place, the second season has dropped on Netflix.
The returning filmmakers, Ricciardi and Demos, issued a statement describing the focus of the series:
"Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice. Building on Part 1, which documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers."
In the years that have passed since the original season, Avery and Dassey's legal teams have taken on more help in order to overturn their convictions. Kathleen Zellner, a defence lawyer known for overturning wrongful convictions, and Tricia Bushnell, the legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project, have both joined the campaign to exonerate the two men, and the first episode shows both of them exerting their influence on the case for Avery's innocence.
Zellner, in particular, has proven to newfound force for justice in the case, and clips from the second season show her passion for exonerating the convicted men.
"The deeper we dig into the Avery conviction, the more evidence we uncover of his innocence," Zellner said. "It does not matter how long it takes, what it costs or what obstacles we have to overcome - our efforts to win Mr Avery's freedom will never stop."
According to Netflix's Ted Sarandos, this new season hones in on "just in the confines of the episodes we've already done," as well as following up on the appeals and court cases pursued by Avery and Dassey.
We are aware, of course, that - at the time of writing - the uncle and nephew are still behind bars, but that won't stop us all from becoming armchair detectives and hoping to solve the case.
It has long been theorised that Avery was framed for the murder (the motive being that he had only recently got out of prison for another crime he didn't commit), and that Dassey was manipulated into providing a corroborating confession that eventually landed him in prison, too.
So, will this season be the one to expose the case as an elaborate set-up? Will Avery's new legal assistance be the key to unlocking previously hidden elements of the case? Are we ever going to find out who really killed Teresa Hallbach?
We'll all have to tune in to find out.