Without any big fanfare, Serial debuted the first episode of its second season Thursday morning and promptly broke the Internet.
The popular podcast's new season tells the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who was a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years. When he finally was rescued and returned home in 2014, the celebration around him was quickly replaced by accusations. Soldiers in Bergdahl's unit claimed he purposefully left the U.S. military output in Afghanistan and walked into hostile territory. After an army investigation into the matter, Bergdahl was eventually charged with two crimes.
Last fall, Serial became the first podcast to become a mainstream hit when the world got addicted to the story of Adnan Syed. The Lego Movie producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently producing a television program inspired by Season 1. In November, more than 15 years after he was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Syed was granted a new hearing to present a possible alibi.
You can listen to the first episode of Serial's second season "Dustwun" on its website and through iTunes. And don't fret if you have to try reloading the pages several times. The whole world is currently attempting to do the same, and Sarah Koenig and Mail Kimp can only handle so much at once.