Serial is over, for now at least. After 12 episodes of Sarah Koenig and her team’s investigative journalism and terrific storytelling, the podcast examining the real-life murder conviction of Adnan Syed reached an end. Well, sort of – because real life rarely has a neat ending.
We’ll probably never know exactly what happened on the afternoon of 13th January 1999 when Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee was murdered. Is Adnan’s memory loss genuine? Is there more to Jay’s involvement than he’s letting on? Was it someone else behind the killing? And was there or was there not a pay phone in the Best Buy parking lot?
Whatever your thoughts on yesterday’s conclusion, we’re united in one thing: we want more. And more we’ll get, although it’s likely to be a long wait until the new case next year – and Twitter is not happy about it.
— Taylor Wallar (@taylormae13) December 18, 2014
So, @serial, when you say "Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2015," you do mean, like, January 3rd of 2015, right? RIGHT? RIGHT?!
— John Green (@johngreen) December 18, 2014
As the final episode finally found its way onto the internet, we all tried – and failed – to hide our excitement:
The final episode of @serial is out. EVERYONE REMAIN CALM.— Emma Jones (@EmmaCLJones) December 18, 2014
There were cereal parties because everyone loves a good pun.
And – as we all suspected – there was no ‘big reveal’, something Twitter was sort of ok with…
Serial finale spoiler alert!!!!
In real life there are no conclusions and reality will always be a collection of unresolved loose ends!
— Erin ?Gloria? Ryan (@morninggloria) December 18, 2014
This podcast, man. Definitely not for those who like stories tied up in a neat bow, and they grey will stick with you. Well done, @Serial.
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) December 18, 2014
Can't say I didn't anticipate @serial ending ambiguously, but I think it was the best way to end.— Andrew Stewart (@Stewsbrews) December 18, 2014
Well @serial that was unsatisfying, but it HAS to be. Real life doesn't have a season finale.— Kat (@Wickedlydeeper) December 18, 2014
We all have a lot of unanswered questions.
Oh my god. @serial SO MANY QUESTIONS. What an amazing programme. I'm with Sarah!— Will Holmes 🏳️🌈 (@Willtholmes) December 19, 2014
Huge thank you and admiration sent to the @serial team. Great journalism, great production. Just great.— Darren Waters (@darrenwaters) December 18, 2014
Here’s a copy of Sarah’s very first email exchange with Adnan’s friend Rabia all the way back in August 2013…
Let’s just hope they never went for coffee:
"I'd like a latte grande. No, I want a short. Maybe both. Or tea. Everything is possible. I'm not sure."— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) December 18, 2014
-Sarah Koenig at Starbucks
For those suffering withdrawal symptoms, check out this Funny or Die spoof of the final episode:
But let’s not forget who the real winner of Serial is…
Serial will return some time in 2015. If you haven’t already listened to the series, you can download the podcast here