If you’re one of the many who nearly swallowed their tongue at the end of HBO miniseries The Jinx‘s final episode Sunday night, you weren’t alone. Just as the final scene faded, we hear elusive accused criminal Robert Durst mutter to himself while, presumably, thinking his mic is off.
“What did I do? I killed them all, of course,” he mumbled — a whispered line that echoed across the Internet for the next 48 hours.
So much for a happy ending, or a clear ending at all. Yesterday, the first season of Serial, a wildly popular podcast that re-evaluated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed over a 12-week season, came to a close. Listeners hoping for a conclusive ending wrapped in a tight bow were disappointed, but they were also harboring unrealistic expectations. The show was presented and played out as an exploratory exercise. Creator Sarah Koenig was unsure how the story would unfold when she first started. Expecting a neat resolution was simply unrealistic. Instead, die-hard Serial fans will have to check back to see if an attempt to pin the murder on a now deceased serial killer through DNA testing will pan out. More