When Does 'Serial' Season 3 Begin? Sarah Koenig Was Thinking Of The Fans

Season 2 of super popular podcast Serial has only just started, and already buzz is building for Serial Season 3. Luckily for fans, it seems they won't spend very long asking, "when does Serial Season 3 come out," because we already know that those episodes are due to air in Spring 2016. While a definite date has not been set, it's exciting to know that, as soon as the current case wraps up, there will be a new one to devour almost immediately. According to the May 2015 newsletter, Season 3 is already in the works (though it's not being recorded just yet):

Third: we are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning on a third season of Serial. And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three. As it stands, we intend to launch Season 2 this fall and Season 3 next spring. Sorry - we can’t tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us.

This highlights the fact that fans are most definitely at the forefront of the minds of Serial's producers and program makers.

The subject of Season 3 has yet to be announced, but we now know that Serial Season 2 is about Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was held hostage for almost five years by the Taliban. Season 2 is sure to be every bit as captivating as the first, but it already has people guessing what Season 3 might be about. Whatever the case is, Serial is sure to gain lots of interest on its behalf.

Public interest in Serial is understandably high, with fans keen to find out which cases will be featured in the forthcoming seasons. However, Maxim reached out to Emily Condon, Serial's production manager, to try and confirm the content of Season 2 prior to its premiere, and received the following response, asking journalists to respect the program makers privacy:

"We'd very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we're actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder. Doesn't feel very menschy. In any case, here's what I can tell you: The Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. For now we're not talking publicly about anything that we're working on."

It seems likely that Season 3 will remain closely guarded until much closer to the air date. But knowing that we only have to wait until Spring 2016 for Season 3 of Serial is really great news.

CORRECTION: This article previously incorrectly reported that Season 2 and Season 3 of Serial were being recorded simultaneously with attribution to a Digital Trends article, but has now been amended.