We’ve got a communal calendar at our place that hangs inside the pantry that holds all the activities and dates we’ve got to remember. There are school excursions, dance concerts, birthdays, giant P’s for period – you know the drill. You’ve probably got one too. This morning, I grabbed the brightest texta out of my kids’ pencil case and excitedly drew a big red ‘X’ through three dates next month – October 19, 20 and 21st. Because today, Netflix officially announced that Making a Murderer PART TWO will be dropping on October 19 – and I will need those three days to lump on the couch and watch all ten eps until my eyes bleed. I might not even shower. Joking. Maybe.
This news felt like it came out of nowhere. I’d almost forgotten about Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who are (rightly or wrongly, depending on which side of the fence you’re on) spending their days rotting away in prison for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. To say the original docuseries was a winner would be a gross understatement. It was the show that everyone was watching when it first hit our eyes and ears back in 2015 and viewers were buzzing to share their thoughts and theories with their families, friends and colleagues. You know, just like in the olden days when we used to talk to our mates at school about what happened on Home and Away the night before. x 10000.
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who served as writers, directors and EPs of the original, are back for Part Two and have said this about their latest offering: “Building on Part One, which documented the experience of the accused, 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.” Netflix also promises that Part Two will give viewers an “in-depth look at the high-stakes post conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.”
A lot has changed with some of the key players from the original, too. The prosecutor in the case, Ken Kratz, who accused the series of leaving out crucial details against Avery, was forced to resign from his position as District Attorney after being accused of sexual harassment by three women. He has since sought treatment for narcissistic personality disorder, sex addiction and the abuse of prescription meds.
A central figure in Part Two is Kathleen Zellner, Steven Avery’s “hard-charging post-conviction lawyer” (as described by Deadline). Kathleen is also believed to have uncovered evidence that points to another theory of what may have happened to Teresa. Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin are introduced as Brendan Dassey’s post-conviction defence team, both of whom are fighting to prove that Brendan’s confession to the crime was an involuntary and heavily coerced one.
Here’s the tease…
If you haven’t seen the original series, I URGE to you drop everything and head straight to your nearest TV… and do not come up for air until you are done. If you need a refresher, or are curious as to why the world is going bananas at the news of Part Two, here’s a look back at the gold standard of true crime docos… Part One.
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