The Sinner has done it again, pulling off a stunning second season with unexpected twists and turns around every corner. Most of our loose ends were tied up with this eighth and final installment—we break down the five major takeaways below.
Vera and Julian escape to New York City.
Vera was reunited with Julian the night of Marin’s death, and after sending a decoy to ward off Harry and Heather, she and her son escape to Chinatown and begin planning their cross-country escape to Washington State.
Jack overtakes Marin.
In one of the more horrifying revelations of this finale, we learn that Jack is actually Julian’s biological father -- he forced himself on Marin the night of the firehouse party before she left for Mosswood. Harry is on the scent that he’s not so innocent, and Jack eventually confesses.
Heather’s relationship with her father appears ruined.
Jack didn’t just have to face the music with Harry, though -- his daughter was devastated after learning of his actions that night. When she finally confronts him, it appears their relationship is damaged for good.
Vera agrees to take Julian back to Keller.
When the police show up on their Chinatown doorstep, Julian decides he’s done running away and he’s ready to face his sentencing. After their emotional return to Keller, the charges on Vera for taking Julian from the reservation drop and Julian’s charges are lowered to four years at a rehabilitation center (rather than imprisonment).
Harry, Heather, and Julian finally make it to Niagara Falls.
The final scene of the season is also one of its most optimistic. Taking Julian on a day trip away from his rehab center, our three main players have built a familial bond of sorts and are learning how to survive in the world after temporarily losing control of their circumstances.