Back in 2015, Netflix blew up the true crime genre with the powerful and captivating series Making a Murderer, which drew national attention to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Hallbach and the convictions of accused murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Get ready to dive back into those small town politics once more for Making a Murderer Part 2, the second season of the hit series that’ll be hitting Netflix on October 19. You can check out the very first trailer below.
Perhaps it’s because we’re already aware of everything that went down in Season 1, as well as much of the courtroom aftermath that followed it, but the trailer for Season 2 was slightly less invigorating, slightly less frustrating and slightly less enjoyable to watch. Rather than vaulting over to a different murder case, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos slid their hooks back into Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for another enlightening look at the legal processes within small town America.
As seen in the trailer, Making a Murderer Part 2 will keep part of its focus on Kathleen Zellner, the newest wrongful conviction attorney to step in to defend Steven Avery. Zellner takes the place of the first season’s defense team, made up of Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, and will be leading the charge to try and reverse the charges that Avery was slapped with. If she’s successful, it would be the second time that Avery would get released from prison after having a wrongful conviction overturned. (He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully accused and arrested for sexual assault.)
Kathleen Zellner made a name for herself in the world of wrongful convictions, and she is possibly the best bet that Avery and the Making a Murderer team have of changing things. Assuming the filmmakers’ beliefs about Avery and Dassey’s innocence hold true, that is.
In the weeks and months following the release of Making a Murderer, fans could find updates popping up from national news media outlets, and viewers were not shy about making their opinions known to prosecutors like Ken Kratz. Several times, it seemed like Steven Avery and/or Brendan Dassey might have earned a successful appeal or retrial. Nothing permanent every happened on that front, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to announce the follow-up season, knowing that its customers would be interested in keeping up with the complicated legal case. And we’ll be doing just that later this month.