Didn’t know what to expect from Season 2 of the sensation that was Serial Season 1. It came as a surprise when the story was not about a murder, as was season 1, but about a soldier who walked away from his post while in Afghanistan.
Bowe Bergdahl has been in the news for years and when the podcast began I wondered how compelling a story it would actually be. Turns out, with Sarah Koenig at the helm, one cannot help but get drawn into the narrative.
Bowe Bergdahl left his platoon and was captured by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network and held prisoner for 5 years. After a series of twists and turns, he made it back to the US during a prisoner exchange. Major military & government players, close friends, his parents, and even his captors all contribute in helping to answer many questions surrounding this story. Why did he walk away? How did he survive? Was his captivity time served or will he get additional punishment and serve time in the US.
Compelling, informative, complex.