Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos – creators of the widely acclaimed Making a Murderer, which chronicles the conviction of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey – spoke about the possibility of a second season of the docuseries.
There is a possibility of a subsequent season, the creators said, especially if new developments come forth in the case of Avery.
“With respect to this story, Steven has ongoing efforts to try to overturn his conviction, Brendan Dassey certainly does, so we will cast a very wide net again, should we have the opportunity,” Demos said at the Webby Awards in New York City.
“I think today marks four weeks since the series launched and what we’ve managed to do in the past four weeks is have several phone calls with Steven Avery which we have recorded with an eye toward including them in future episodes,” said Ricciardi, as reported by IGN. “We have not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks.”
“As we said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open,” said Demos. “It’s real-life so you don’t know what’s going to happen. We are ready…if there are significant developments, we will be there. And we are looking at other stories, as well.”
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before DNA evidence in 2003 proved that he was innocent. He was later convicted for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey was accused assisting Avery in the crime.
Speaking with regard to season 1 of Making a Murderer, Demos said the overwhelming response they received was something they had not expected. “We knew we had made the series we wanted to make,” she said. “But when you’re putting it out into the world, you never know what’s going to happen, how people are going to respond…I don’t know if people are entertained by it, they are engaged by it. That was our intention.”
While highlighting the same sentiment, Ricciardi added that they neither had nor intended to alter the facts of the case. “We never intended to have an impact on the cases themselves,” she said. “We were there to witness and to document and share…it was for us, holding a mirror up to the system and holding a mirror up to us as people now. How do we treat people who are specially disadvantaged or vulnerable, or different than ourselves? Do we demand justice for everyone?”
Avery’s new legal representation, Kathleen Zellner, shed light on the developments that have occurred in the case since 2007. “There have been significant advances in forensic testing” since 2007, she said, as reported by ABC News. “The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing and that’s what we will be asking to do.”