Christmas has come early this year: Serial released its second-season premiere on Thursday morning.
The blockbuster smash podcast, a Peabody-winning spinoff of WBEZ's This American Life, was initially expected to return in November. In its absence, devoted fans have grown increasingly antsy with every passing day.
It's been speculated that host Sarah Koenig would investigate the strange story of former POW and accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in season two. Bergdahl is indeed the subject of the first episode, titled "Dustwun," a military acronym for "duty status – whereabouts unknown."
It appears that Serial broke the internet. The podcast's website has been intermittently unavailable since the episode debuted and some listeners are experiencing download errors.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.