A little more than a year ago, the world was introduced to Serial, the nonfiction podcast that captivated countless listeners with the mystery of a years-old murder case and drew so much acclaim that it ended up winning a Peabody Award – the first podcast ever to do so. Ever since host Sarah Koenig wrapped up Season 1 of the show with her final thoughts about the case of Adnan Syed, we’ve been waiting for a second round of episodes, a second story, a new mystery to obsess over.
We were promised Season 2 would arrive sometime late this year, and it was rumored that the season would focus on Bowe Bergdahl (pictured above), a U.S. soldier who left his post in Afghanistan only to be captured by the Taliban and held for years. That was all we knew, though, for many long months. The show had no official premiere date, no logline, no nothing. We just had to wait.
Now, the wait is over.
In a post on the official Serial website this morning, Koenig unveiled the first episode of Season 2, and it is indeed focusing on Bergdahl and the mystery of exactly why he left his post and everything that came after.
“This story — it spins out in so many unexpected directions. Because yes, it’s about Bowe Bergdahl and about one strange decision he made, to leave his post. (And Bergdahl, by the way, is such an interesting and unusual guy, not like anyone I’ve encountered before.) But it’s also about all of the people affected by that decision, and the choices they made,” Koenig wrote in a note to listeners. “Unlike our story in Season 1, this one extends far out into the world. It reaches into swaths of the military, the peace talks to end the war, attempts to rescue other hostages, our Guantanamo policy. What Bergdahl did made me wrestle with things I’d thought I more or less understood, but really didn’t: what it means to be loyal, to be resilient, to be used, to be punished.”
So, Serial is back, and no you know what the whole internet will be talking about (well, other than Star Wars) for the next few weeks.