Serial Is Reportedly Working On A New Case — But What Are The Producers Of The Cult Favorite Podcast Actually Saying?

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We may know what Sarah Koenig and her Serial team are working on next!

According to sources, Sarah’s investigation will focus on the puzzling and intense case of Bowe Bergdhal, a U.S. Army soldier who was charged with desertion in April of 2015. The case is extremely conflicting and mysterious, which is right up Koenig’s alley.

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A little background on Bergdhal — upon arriving in Afghanistan, the Idaho native found himself extremely disillusioned with the army and its treatment of Afghanis. Bowe often expressed to family members that he was disgusted with his unit’s practices and that he wanted out.

Just days after a sending another disappointed email to his father, Bergdhal was captured by the Taliban and was imprisoned for five years until the United States negotiated a prisoner exchange in 2014. Upon Bowe’s release, President Obama held a ceremony in the White House rose garden to celebrate his return.

The ceremony outraged a lot of people because they felt that Bowe willingly left base which led to his capture. Bergdhal originally maintained that he fell behind on patrol at the time of his kidnapping.

Here’s where things get even more tricky — a fellow soldier says there was no patrol the night Bowe went missing, and upon an internal investigation, military courts charged him with desertion in 2015.

Bowe’s lawyer says his client went AWOL, which is a lot different than deserting one’s unit. The lawyer says Bowe left base in hopes of finding a military official he could talk to about the atrocities he’d witnessed at base.

Obviously, the nation is staunchly divided on the controversy — some say Bowe’s stunt led to the deaths of many soldiers while his supporters say the young man is a hero who was just trying to do the right thing.

Serial will tackle this crazy case in Season 2 or 3 — but don’t try to tell the creators that. In response to New York Magazine‘s inquiry about the the show’s involvement in the case, a rep shot back:

“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. Doesn’t feel very menschy.”

Wow, tell us how you really feel, Serial!

Considering the Serial team attended Bowe’s first hearing on September 17 and have allegedly interviewed ex-POWs, we think it’s safe to say they’re involved.

So, will YOU be listening to the next season of the show?

[Image via Twitter/KTVB.]

Sep 23, 2015 2:15pm PDT

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