After a year of investigative research masterfully molded into 12 riveting podcasts, Sarah Koenig and her Serial colleagues signed off with some new hope for imprisoned murderer Adnan Syed—but also troubling suspicions that he had murdered his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Though facts that determine beyond reasonable doubt whether Syed is guilty or innocent still prove elusive, many listeners tuned in merely to hear whether Koenig would volunteer her own personal verdict, especially since her warm long-distance relationship with Adnan over the phone was the spine of the series. In the finale, she admitted to having the same conflicted feelings as so many obsessed listeners, and shared feelings of futility about rushing the last episode together when so much remained unresolved.
“The back and forth hasn’t let up, after all of this time,” she confided to the audience. “Even into this very week, and—I kid you not—into this very day that I’m writing this”