Big news for 'Serial' fans: New season may tackle controversial Bowe Bergdahl case

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Is 'Serial's' Next Season About Bowe Bergdahl?


Hold onto your seats, 'Serial' fans. Maxim is reporting that one of the two upcoming seasons of 'Serial' will revolve around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan under mysterious circumstance and held captive by Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for five years before being released in a prisoner swap last summer.

The details behind Bergdahl's original disappearance are still hazy, even after all this time. Bergdhal says he was captured while on duty and fell behind during patrol. However, others claim he abandoned his post, deserting his unit. The Army announced in March that Bergdahl had been charged with one count of desertion and one count of misbehaving before the enemy, which could potentially carry a life sentence if found guilty.

Bergdahl has claimed that his reasoning for leaving his post was to bring attention to what he believed were troubling conditions in his unit. However, others believe the real reason isn't so honorable. Critics believe that he intentionally deserted his unit after becoming disillusioned about the war and the treatment of other soldiers.

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A source told the magazine that Koenig and at least one 'Serial' producer were in attendance at Bergdahl's preliminary hearing in Texas last week. The hearing was to decide whether the sergeant should be court-martialed.

Maxim reportedly spoke to two former members of Bergdahl's who claimed they were interviewed by Koenig for the upcoming season, but seemed doubtful that the Peabody Award-winning podcast would do Bergdahl's story justice.

One of the anonymous soldiers told Maxim that, "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."

However, this could just be conjecture. None of this has been confirmed by anyone from 'Serial.' When reached for comment, a production manager for the podcast bluntly told Maxim:
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. In any case, here's what I can tell you: The Serialstaff 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.

'Serial' is an investigative journalism-based podcast, narrated by Koenig, which captured millions of listeners in its first season last year. The season revolved around Adnan Syed, who was found guilty in the extremely shady 1999 murder of Michigan teenager Hae Min Lee. The popularity of the podcast even led to an appeal in Syed's case earlier this year.

Don't keep us waiting too long, 'Serial.' We miss you too much already.

Check out more photos of controversial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his story in the gallery below:
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Big news for 'Serial' fans: New season may tackle controversial Bowe Bergdahl case
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 13: (From left) Colonel Bradley Poppen, Ph.D., Major General Joseph P. DiSalvo, and Colonel Ronald N. Wool deliver a press conference at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course July 13, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. They are reporting on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, his return to the United States, and reintegration at Brooke Army Medical Center after being a prison of war under Taliban captivity. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31: President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl (L) and Bob Bergdahl (R) back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity May 31, 2014 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by militants for almost five years during the war in Afghanistan. (Photo by J.H. Owen-Pool/Getty Images)
Bob Bergdahl, the father of freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, speaks following the release of his son, US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama and the Bergdahl's spoke after the release of Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in Afghanistan.  MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of freed prisoner of war US Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl including representatives of the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and March Forward, rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC, June 10, 2014, to welcome Bergdahl home after 5-years of being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee about the about the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. The trade of Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has angered some members of Congress because they were not informed of the swap beforehand. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 11, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held the hearing to examine the exchange of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held for almost five years by the insurgents in Afghanistan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
HAILEY, ID - JUNE 01: A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in the window of the Hailey Paint and Supply store on Main Street June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho. Sgt. Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with U.S. Armys 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Paktika Province. Yesterday he was released after a swap for 5 prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay was arranged. Bergdahl was considered the only U.S. prisoner of war held in Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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