Recently, the critically acclaimed documentary series from Netflix was renewed for a second season. As a fan of the original that angered people across the nation in response to the injustice Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey indured, I look at what we could possibly see in the second season.
Avery’s New Defense Team
In January 2016 — shortly after the release of the first season — Avery hired Kathleen Zellner as his new attorney. Zellner’s famously known for exonerating 17 wrongly convicted men. Since opening her own law practice in 1991, Zellner has obtained $90 million in settlements and verdicts for the men she's represented. For this case — in which she’s working closely with Trisha Burnell, legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project — Zellner has already claimed she's garnered tons of new evidence the police never investigated including proof the blood was placed in the car and a new primary suspect the police should've investigated. Most recently, Zellner filed a new series of appeals motions with the intent to throw out the case. It'll be interesting to see what evidence she has in store when the show ultimately introduces her.
Dassey’s Getting Closer To Freedom
Also seen in Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey (the nephew of Steven Avery) was also wrongly convicted of the Teresa Halbach murder. At the end of the first season we met Dassey’s new attorneys Steven Drizen, Laura Nirider, and Robert Dvorak of the Center on Wrongly Convictions. Since 2010, the trio has been hard at work finding evidence to appeal Dassey. They've been met with some challenges but won't back down.
A Possible Look At America’s Response
The most notable news in the aftermath of Making a Murder is that America has outcried a river of support for Avery and Dassey. This includes two different petitions against the State of Wisconsin. It's very likely that Moira and Demos will show how Avery and his family have handled the flow of support. And after a second season it'll be interesting to see if more seasons will come (or better yet — two dropped convictions).
For more reading, check out this theory put forth by a cold case expert who believes Teresa Halbach's murder may actually have been on the show.
Are you excited to see Making a Murderer return? What to you want to see in the next season? Let me know in the comments below!