Most people who watched all 10 episodes of Netflix’s true-crime docuseries Making a Murderer can probably recall the sinking sensation they felt when the final credits rolled. The series told the story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man convicted in 2007 of rape and murder, after spending 18 years in prison for a different attack he didn’t commit. Its filmmakers, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, spent 10 years researching and creating Making a Murderer, which was fairly unambiguous in its implication that Avery was targeted and framed by resentful authorities in Manitowoc County. It was an exhausting and depressing experience sitting through several hours of evidence, legal documents, courtroom footage, and prison phone calls, only to be left with the conclusion that the criminal-justice system had brutally failed in this case.
But on Tuesday Netflix announced that Ricciardi and Demos would be making new episodes of the series, focusing on the post-conviction process and its emotional toll on involved.
It's not over. #MakingAMurderer will return.— Making A Murderer (@MakingAMurderer) July 19, 2016
Making a Murderer’s continuation of Avery and Dassey’s stories sets the docuseries apart from two other recent true-crime sensations—the first season of the podcast Serial and HBO’s miniseries The Jinx. While there have been new developments with both of the underlying cases (for Adnan Syed and Robert Durst, respectively), neither Serial nor The Jinx continued to officially document the procedural twists or personal fallout that ensued. Perhaps seizing upon the enormous interest in Making a Murderer’s first season (released in December 2015), Netflix is electing to give Demos and Ricciardi the platform to follow up on their initial investigation.