"Structuring the story over the six episodes" was the hardest part, says the documentarian. "The first four episodes were the toughest nut to crack. Visually, we were really excited about some of the ideas that me and the other directors and our cinematographer, Thorsten Thielow, developed. And I had an amazing team of editors as well. But the big question was how to balance the Michelle of it all against the survivors and the true-crime elements. The timeline was huge and sprawling. While the series has been well-received, there are people who say, 'I didn’t come here to watch a story about Michelle McNamara!' But for us, her voice was integral." Garbus adds of depicting the crimes: "The challenge was how to parse that out in the storytelling, how to understand the escalation, and how not to fetishize him. That was a challenge with the visual approach, and the solution is something we feel very proud of. I’m gonna use the word 're-creation' here because I don’t know the better word, even though they’re not truly re-creations. Nothing physically violent is happening in them."