Sarah Koenig Buckles Under the Pressure of Serial’s Final Episode in This Outstanding Parody

Funny or Die prepares us for the worst

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Fans are already preparing themselves to be disappointed when Serial releases its final episode tomorrow, a fact that Funny or Die has captured masterfully in its new parody.

In "The Last Episode of Serial," versatile comedian and SNL alumna Michaela Watkins puts herself in Koenig's shoes as the tremendously popular podcast prepares to come to a close. The host faces not only her own doubt about who killed Hae Min Lee in the real-life murder mystery, but also the pressure from listeners and sponsors (like MailCrimp…MailKimp?) who want the show to end on a satisfying note.

While largely light-hearted, the parody also has a few biting moments that remind us the show's pop culture success was born from the death of a bright and well-loved 18-year-old. But most fans will simply enjoy the clip's reference-packed, all-too-real depiction of what it's like to be obsessed with something that may never come to any sort of clear conclusion. 

@griner David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."