** Spoiler Alert **
8am yesterday morning 19/10/18 I was awake, teeth brushed, face washed, ready and waiting to press PLAY on the first episode of the second season of making a murderer. It had been a painful and long 3 years since the first season, and although I had googled updates during that time, I was excited to see what new evidence had come to light in both Brendan and Stevens case and what progress if any had been made.
So I spent 10 hours binge watching ALL of season 2. I don’t think there’s many people in the UK who can say that today, just 24 hours after Netflix dropped the brand new collection of episodes. When I’m engrossed into a series, it fully has all of my attention and I don’t do anything half heartedly. There was the odd toilet break and trips to the kitchen to make more tea and get more biscuits, there was also a very brief pause mid afternoon to listen to James Arthur’s new song (I’m still undecided about it) and order pizza, but by 8:30pm ish, we were done, all 10 episodes had been watched, notes had been taken, and opinions made (not that mine changed at all!)
So here’s everything you need to know,
Where can you watch?
Both seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix.
Recap on season 1:
Okay so for those who haven’t actually heard of or seen making a murderer, let me do my best to fill you in on where we got up to on season 1. Steven Avery is a man who was wrongfully convicted of the rape of a woman and served 18 years for a crime he did not commit. Eventually after years and years of being behind bars, new evidence was tested where by the DNA results found from a pubic hair resulted in the release of Steven. After his release from prison and the start of beginning to get his life back, Steven filed a law suit against the police for taking 18 years of his life for a crime he simply did not commit. Just before he was about to receive millions of pounds from the state, a woman was murdered and Steven was arrested immediately on suspicion of murder. The woman, was a photographer who had been to Stevens property that day to photograph his vehicle for autotrader. Steven from day 1 maintained his innocence, his nephew Brendan Dassey was also arrested for the murderer of her as well, with the prosecution saying the pair of them raped and murdered her and then burnt her in the fire that Steven had on his property that night. Stevens defence team argued that the police planted evidence in Stevens house, such as blood, remains of her bones in the fire, a bullet from a gun in his garage etc. The entire season 1 shows the trial of both Steven and Brendan, and shows how both the defence and prosecution worked, as well as interviews with Steven and Brendan and their family members too. It was intriguing and gripping, it was full of creating an opinion on what you believed to be true from both sides of the story. From day 1 I believed Steven to be innocent, I saw him as an innocent man, targeted by the corruption of the police, and his nephew Brendan to be coursed into making a false confession, and taken advantage of as a vulnerable, 16 year old boy with probable learning difficulties. Season 1 absolutely gripped the world, with everyone having an opinion on whether they thought Steven was guilty or innocent and it started conversations amongst everyone, both in the media and public,
Is Season 2 as good as season 1?
A question I’ve been asked a few times since I finished season 2 last night.. my answer? Yes and no. Season 1 was more a mystery, it was intriguing, I’d never heard of this case before so it was all new to me, it was mind boggling and confusing. Season 2 was more evidence based, new strategies, updates and checking in on people we had seen and heard from in season 1.
Season 2 Episode list:
Episode 1 – Number 18
Episode 2 – Words and words only
Episode 3 – A legal miracle
Episode 4 – Welcome to Wisconsin
Episode 5 – What + Why = Who
Episode 6 – Everything takes time
Episode 7 – Item FL
Episode 8 – Special Care
Episode 9 – Friday nite
Episode 10 – Trust no one
Season 2 & my opinion:
I found Season 2 to be really different to the first season, although it was a continuation from what we had seen 3 years ago, both parties now have different defence lawyers and are both serving life inprisonment for the murder and rape of Teresa Hallbach. Brendan who is now 29 years old, is still behind bars, and a lot of season 2 was focused around how his lawyers are fighting to get his conviction overturned so he can be released. Their theory was that Brendan was forced into giving a false confession at 16 years old, with referring several times to the video interview we saw in season 1, in it you can clearly see the police who are interviewing Brendan pushing and pushing for answers out of a vulnerable 16 year old boy. They almost put words into his mouth so that he had no choice but to go along with it, not to mention how the police had promised him that if he complied with them he would soon be going home and this would all be over. We hear from the Avery family a lot, like we did in season 1, but I think the real difference this season is Stevens new lawyer Kathleen Zellner. She’s the straight talking, no bullshit, straight to business lawyer taking on Stevens case, determined to get his sentence revoked and conviction overturned. There’s no stops she’s not pulling out and she’s prepared to do whatever needs to be done in order to get justice. I thought she was brilliant and the way her mind works in order to uncover unfound evidence that the previous defence team missed, is simply astonishing. We see her and her team test various pieces of evidence again such as the blood found in Teresa Hallbachs car, the remains of the bones found in the fire, the DNA of sweat belonging to Steven in the hood of Teresa’s car, and various other things. We hear her theory as to what she thinks really happened on the night Teresa was murdered, and it really does make you think so much was missed and slipped through the net when this case first went to trial all those years ago. Unfortunately the ending after 10 hours of watching, wasn’t what I was hoping for, nor what I wanted, as we see both Brendan and Stevens lawyers requests for appeals and retrials denied by the supreme courts, despite both defence teams standing by the fact they will continue to work on getting justice for both men no matter how long it takes. I think that’s the saddest part of all though, just how long it is taking. I believe Steven Avery to be a completely innocent man who is a victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice, and the product of a corrupt police system, who have made it their mission to take this mans life. Steven is now 56 years old and spent over 30 of those years behind bars for crimes I believe he simply did not commit. If and when he ever gets out, will he be able to live a relatively normal life? His parents are both in their 80’s and his mother is in poor health, will they still be alive? What kind of world do we live in where innocent people are locked up for such serious crimes they didn’t commit whilst the real criminals are still out there reoffending and getting away with it? As much as making a murderer was a huge successes on Netflix, and I’m sure season 2 will go on to be equally as popular, I kind of hope there isn’t a season 3, because I hate to think of both Steven and Brendan locked up for that long.
I know making a murderer has divided opinions all around the world, with some still not sure as to whether they think these two men are innocent or not, but surely one thing we can all agree on is that justice should be served and the truth always comes out in the end.