'Serial' News & Rumors: Have Sarah Koenig & Company Found Their Case For Season 2?
New buzz for Serial season 2 is increasing, with a famous international case being the possible next concept.
Serial, the true crime podcast that took the world by storm last year, may be tackling story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for either season 2 or 3, according to a new report by Maxim. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier, inexplicably left his base in Afghanistan back in 2009 and was then promptly detained by an insurgent group connected to the Taliban and held captive for years.
The U.S. government performed a swap of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl in May of 2014 and was eventually charged with desertion after returning home. Bergdahl claimed at the time that he left to draw attention to conditions in his base, though soldiers who served with him claim his intentions may have been more sinister.
Serial producers, as well as host Sarah Koenig herself, have allegedly interviewed soldiers connected to Bergdahl. One told Maxim about their hesitance regarding Serial taking the case on.
"Anyone who tries to benefit from Bowe's situation has little interest in the truth," one former member of Bergdahl's unit told Maxim. "What happened in 2009 is both troubling and politically incorrect...my concern is that the truth is being diluted by those looking to gain from Bowe's story."
Asked to confirm if Serial was indeed taking on this case, production manager Emily Condon would neither confirm nor deny.
"We'd very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we're actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder," she said. "Doesn't feel very menschy. In any case, here's what I can tell you: The Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. For now we're not talking publicly about anything that we're working on."