Christmas is still two weeks away, but one of the best gifts we ever could have gotten came early this morning:
— Serial (@serial) December 10, 2015
That’s right, friends. Serial is back!
As had been speculated, this season focuses on the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant from Idaho who was captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years after he left his base in Afghanistan for unknown reasons. Many of the circumstances around Bergdahl’s case are unclear; he is currently waiting for Gen. Robert B. Abrams at Fort Bragg to decide what charges he should face.
While I haven’t had the time yet to listen to the first episode, which was released early this morning, The New York Times has, and the format is a little bit different than the Serial’s first season, which chronicled the case of Adnan Syed. According to the NYT, while the podcast is still hosted by Sarah Keonig, the major of the first episode consists of interviews between Bergdahl and screenwriter Mark Boal (who had planned to turn Bergdahl’s story into a movie) during which “he [Bergdahl] explained in his own words why he had left his base in June 2009, an action that prompted a manhunt involving thousands of troops and led him to spend nearly five years in brutal captivity under the Taliban.”
However, Julie Snyder, an executive producer on the series, promises that Serial will dive deeper into the story and try to find the answers to many unanswered questions about the case, saying that the podcast will look into ““Exactly how long did the search last? What were the consequences of the search? Was this all a search in the name of Bowe? Was this top cover for stuff that they wanted to be doing, but they already knew Bowe was in Pakistan anyway? All of that is super interesting, and we definitely are heading down that path.”
While I would have preferred that Koenig tackled another lesser-known story, like last season, I must admit I’m intrigued. So if you’ll excuse me, my phone just finished downloading the first ep and it’s time to lose myself in the sweet lullaby of dear Sarah’s voice. .
[via The New York Times]
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