Last year’s No. 1 new cable drama finally returns this summer on USA Network!
A two-time Golden Globe nominee for best limited series and best actress in a limited series, The Sinner took us for an adrenaline-rushed ride with stars Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman steering us through each homicidal twist and turn. While Biel is sticking strictly behind the camera for Season 2, we’ve still got plenty of reasons to be excited about Harry Ambrose’s return with an all-new mystery to crack. Below, we round up seven reasons we can’t wait to get watching.
1. Season 2 features a bold new story.
If you thought Season 1’s story of a distraught and troubled mother stabbing a stranger to death in front of her husband and son was chilling -- and really, heartbreaking -- enough, Season 2 is upping the ante even further with its Season 2 crime. After wrapping his case with Cora Tannetti in the first season’s finale, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) returns here -- this time in his rural upstate New York hometown -- to take on the case of an 11-year-old boy who murdered his parents in cold blood.
2. With The Sinner, “whydunit” is the name of the game.
It’s a formula that worked for Petra Hammesfahr’s original novel and for USA’s adaptation through Season 1 -- so we’re back in our second installment with a bloody homicide where we know the culprit but don’t know the motive. It’s an intriguing and suspenseful premise that simultaneously manages to turn viewers’ expectations on their heads and proves that the mystery of reason can be as beguiling as that of identity.
3. Bill Pullman’s Harry Ambrose is as compelling as ever.
If Cora Tannetti enraptured us for being a complicated heroine, then Harry Ambrose certainly met her mark for mark. An introspective-but-genius detective who knows what makes people tick, he proved through Season 1 that he’s never able to get his personal life to fit together like his cases. His marriage has fallen apart; he's got a thing for women who leave him choking and bruised; the only solace outside of the police precinct seems to be when he’s among nature. He’s a complex and often contradictory character, and we’re sure that he has more to dive into and reveal this season. Plus, he’s already proven adept at finding the motive to a heinous crime. With this crime set in his rural hometown, he connects with old friends and enemies alike while uncovering what’s been pegged as the “hidden darkness” of the town he thought he knew.
4. Carrie Coon is back on TV!
Ambrose’s return upstate also introduces him to some unfamiliar faces, including the mysterious Vera, who somehow fits into the central murder in ways we’re yet to fathom. Playing Vera is Carrie Coon, and for anyone who’s been on the prestige TV circuit the last few years, that’s great news. An Emmy nominee for Fargo and a breakout fan-favorite on HBO’s The Leftovers, Coon is a theater vet who also consistently turns in some of the most nuanced and heart-wrenching screen performances today. She's sure to bring in new viewers with a penchant for compelling storytelling!
5. Coon is joined by a formidable ensemble.
In addition to co-stars Natalie Paul (The Deuce), Elisha Henig (Alex, Inc.), and Hannah Gross (Mindhunter), one of the most exciting additions to The Sinner’s new season is none other than Coon’s real-life husband, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts. A veteran of the stage and screen, he here plays Jack Novack, the father of a local detective on the case, Heather Novack, and an old childhood friend of Ambrose. It'll be interesting to see the dynamic between Ambrose and Novack upon the storied detective’s return; Ambrose -- to no one’s surprise -- wasn’t the best at maintaining a friendship after he left his small town.
6. It continues to highlight ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
One of the things that kept us coming back for more Sinner and Cora in Season 1 was the fact that she was relatable as a mother and a wife. Set in small-town America in both instances, these are cases that feature real, everyday people that you may well know in your own life. Whether they’ve done something atrocious or not (and in The Sinner, chances are they have done just that), you can’t help but sympathize with them. That’s something that the original series did so well and a tone and time and place that Season 2 is sure to echo with these new characters.
7. Don’t worry -- Jessica Biel is still involved.
Some Sinner fans’ hearts sunk at the news that Cora would not have a grand reunion with Ambrose this season -- her story’s wrapped! And that means Season 1’s enigmatic star Jessica Biel (in a career-best role, we might add) won’t be seen on our small screens this time around. But never fear: the Golden Globe nominee is still attached and heavily involved in The Sinner’s second season as executive producer. Rest assured that the creative oversight that she handled in Season 1 will still hold weight going into the next set of episodes. Television needs more strong female creators behind the camera, and with Biel, the proof is in the pudding.
Set the DVR! The Sinner's new story premieres this summer on Wednesday, August 1!