Behind the Scenes of 'Serial'
We caught up with ''Serial'' co-creator and executive producer Julie Snyder just minutes after finishing the latest episode. We weren't the first ones to ask her for information she herself doesn't have, but we did manage to get her to answer a few of our most burning questions.
How far ahead of each episode are you working and reporting?
For the most part, we’re going in the order of how the reporting was done. The things in episode 1 really happened at the beginning. Sarah had done some reporting last September, and she started reporting in earnest in January. You usually want to get a lot of reporting under your feet before you ask questions. But then you have to fill in the details. We just wrapped Thursday’s episode late Wednesday night.
Why haven’t you interviewed Hae’s boyfriend, Don?
Don doesn’t want to talk, and Don’s alibi is solid. He was at work the whole time.
A few episodes back we learned that evidence was thrown out by law enforcement. Will you check into that?
The detectives didn’t want to talk. A lot of times attorneys have to make those inquiries, because you have to write a motion to the court to get evidence released and retested. Having the [University of Virginia] legal clinic and the Innocence Project on board, they’re much more qualified to do that. We check back in with them later.
In episode 7, there’s a reference to a mistrial. Will we hear more about that?
We will talk about that in a few episodes. But I can say the mistrial is not an explosive reveal.
Has the subreddit community affected your investigation?
The Reddit stuff is overwhelming. I certainly have not read everything on Reddit. I saw an incredible collection of maps [tracking everything from cell-phone towers to the prosecution’s timeline] that people put together that were really impressive and helpful and time-consuming. But I have not found any information on Reddit that has added to our investigation.
What will next season be about?
We don’t know yet. ”Serial” is really just a name of the form—it’s not a show about serial killers. For a while I was saying, ”It definitely won’t be another true-crime story,” but how do I know what it definitely won’t be?
Do you think Adnan is guilty?
I am the worst person to ask, because I believe everybody [on Serial]. I’m by far the most naive person on the show. I’ve had moments where I’ve said, ”I’m 100 percent sure that he’s guilty,” and I’ve also said, ”I’m 100 percent sure that he’s innocent,” and now I’ve had to totally eat s— in front of all of my co-workers! So I’ve just decided to stop doing that.
Will there be a resolution to this case by the end of the season?
I don’t know. I’ve had moments in the last year where I thought, ”We only have a couple of questions left, but they seem minor.” And then you get a new piece of information and you think, ”Oh, God, that’s not minor at all.” There have been times when it’s opened up a whole new alley of new questions. So I really don’t know what we don’t know. But I definitely know that we don’t know everything.
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