Much like podcast Serial last year, Netflix’s highly addicting docuseries Making a Murderer has spurred a lot of online chatter about the two convicted men–Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey–at the heart of the twisty case. Are they really innocent of the murder for which they are both serving long prison sentences? And how much of their plight is due to a problematic judicial system?
“One of the things I hope viewers who really engage with the series will take away from this is this question of, if they have lingering questions, are they comfortable living with that?” says co-director Laura Ricciardi to The Daily Beast. “There are now two people who are behind bars, probably for life. Do our viewers feel satisfied with the process that led to those convictions?”