This might be Serial’s season two topic
In May, we found out that real-life crime podcast, Serial, is being renewed for not one, but TWO seasons. Of course, we weren’t terribly shocked by this news; after all, Serial was downloaded 76 million times, making it one of the most popular podcasts ever. “As it stands, we intend to launch Season Two this fall and Season Three next spring,” the podcast team wrote in an email sent out to Serial subscribers earlier this year. “Sorry — we can’t tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us.”
Season one — following the story of Adnan Syed’s alleged involvement in the murder of Hae Min Lee — was dark, eerie, and caught the attention of millions of people all over the world. In fact, it even led to the reopening of Syed’s case and a re-examining of evidence presented at the trial. That’s exactly why Serial fans have been racking their brains wondering which case will be cracked open for the next season.
Listen up, folks: we might know the story for the second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which confirmed earlier reports from Maxim, several anonymous sources say that at least one of the two upcoming seasons will involve the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was held in captivity in Afghanistan from June 2009 to May 2014 by the Haqqani network until five Guantanamo Bay detainees were released.
Here’s the thing, though (there’s always a “thing” with Serial stories, after all): Bergdahl says that the reason he left his post shortly before being kidnapped was to make others aware of conditions on the base, according to coverage by Rolling Stone in 2012. However, fellow soldiers who served with him claim that he actually was deserting. Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. . . which landed him a possible life sentence.
Despite THR’s confirmation of the topic, Serial’s team hasn’t gone on record about covering Bergdahl’s case for their upcoming season. When Maxim reached out to Serial representatives for comment, production manager Emily Condon responded with the following statement:
On top of this statement, another representative for the podcast told Entertainment Weekly that “the Serial team hasn’t confirmed their topic for Season 2 yet. Over the last few months they’ve been reporting on a variety of stories for both seasons 2 and 3 of Serial, along with other podcast projects.”
Guess we won’t truly know until Serial wants us to know, but here’s something else interesting to note: Maxim spoke with two former members of Bergdahl’s unit who say they’ve been contacted by the podcast. We’ll have to wait and see, Serial fans.
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