'Colbert Report': Serial podcast producer Sarah Koenig doesn't know how series will end

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Sarah Koenig Reveals She Doesn't Know How 'Serial' Will End

Sarah Koenig, the creator and host of the investigative podcast "Serial," says even she doesn't know how the captivating murder mystery story will end.

"You know, we still, we still have a week to go. I am still reporting. I am still reporting and things could change between now and then so next week is when you'll know the answer to that," Sarah Koenig said on "The Colbert Report."

Like Koenig told Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night's episode of "The Colbert Report," she decided to investigate the 15-year-old murder case after the convicted killer's family asked her to tell his story.

Back in 1999, Hae Min Lee was found dead in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to life behind bars in a maximum-security prison.

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Officials escort 'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
FILE -In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the home of his mother, Shamim Syed, in Baltimore. Syed, the subject of the popular podcast “Serial” will be allowed to appeal his murder conviction, a Maryland court has ruled. Adnan Syed, 34, was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, the year prior, when both were high school students in suburban Baltimore. “Serial” examined the case in detail and raised questions about Syed’s guilt and whether he received a fair trial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Shamim Syed, whose son Adnan was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and whose case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast, poses for a photograph in her home, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Shamim Syed, left, whose son Adnan was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and whose case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast, poses for a photograph alongside her son Yusef in her home, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Childhood artwork created by Adnan Syed sits on a table as his brother, Yusef, sifts through family mementos, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, and his case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast with millions of weekly listeners. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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BOSTON - MARCH 29: Sarah Koenig, producer and host of the podcast Serial speaks at Boston University's 'Power of Narrative' conference in Boston Massachusetts March 29, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Syed claims he's innocent, and so do his family and friends. That's how Koenig got recruited to tell his story.

"Serial" made its debut on Oct. 3 and has since accumulated a following of epic proportions.

A little more than a month after the podcast went up online, it became the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history.

With just two episodes left to go in the season, fans are eager to learn how this murder mystery will end.

And as the International Business Times notes, many are questioning if listeners can even expect a satisfying end to the podcast due to the "real life implications of the case," such as Syed's lawyer working on an appeal scheduled for January.

As Colbert pointed out, both the last episode of "The Colbert Report" and the final installment of "Serial" air on the same day, Dec. 18.

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