Over the past two seasons, USA Network’s The Sinner has proven itself as a brainy, bloody — and bloody good — mystery series. Great news for fans of the cerebral crime drama: Season 3 is another outstanding effort, and has already earned high praise from major publications like TVGuide.com and The New York Post.
Intrigued? You should be. Here are five reasons you should already be biting your nails in anticipation of The Sinner’s newest story.
Killer Lead Actors
It’s hard to imagine any actor matching Jessica Biel’s Golden Globe-nominated turn as the tortured Cora Tannetti from The Sinner’s first outing. But the casting of White Collar’s Matt Bomer, Chris Messina (from HBO’s spooky Sharp Objects), and series anchor Bill Pullman — who received a 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award nod for his portrayal of Detective Harry Ambrose — is a winning trifecta. From the moment Nick Haas (Messina) shows up at Jamie Burns’ (Bomer) door, the tension becomes so palpable that you could cut it with a pear-slicing knife.
"Bill Pullman is a national treasure," Matt Bomer said of his co-star in a recent behind-the-scenes interview. "One of the big reasons you do a job like this is to get to work with an actor of that caliber."
Season 3 is primarily concerned with three “m”s: Mortality, meaning, and masculinity. (Oh, and maybe murder?) Nick constantly challenges Jamie to consider his higher purpose, and how to best lead an exciting, full life. (That said, Nick’s perspective might be more than a little skewed.)
“We quickly realize that there’s a private side to Jamie that is incredibly lonely and is in real existential torment,” Bomer said of his character in a recent behind-the-scenes piece. "The last time he really remembers feeling alive was with his best friend from college, Nick."
Co-star Messina comments on the Jamie-Nick relationship: “I kind of thought of Nick as like a vampire. Once Jamie opens the door, he comes and bites him on the neck.”
Jessica Biel Returns as an Executive Producer …
Jessica Biel wasn’t just the star of The Sinner Season 1. She and her producing partner, Michelle Purple, helped bring the series to life via their production company, Iron Ocean. Biel has remained involved with The Sinner ever since, and she’s particularly excited about this newest installment -- and especially the character of Jamie Burns.
"[Jamie] is really exploring what he is capable of," Biel said in a behind-the-scenes interview. "[He's] willing to go further than most people."
She adds: "It's a really different vibe this year, it's a really different relationship, and it's a really different main character."
… And Derek Simonds Returns as Showrunner
Series creator Derek Simonds served as showrunner for The Sinner's first two seasons, and he returns in the same capacity for Season 3. But he's made it quite clear that this chapter will be darker and more compelling than ever before.
"In a lot of ways, I think this is the most intense case ... that Ambrose has encountered so far on the show," Simonds said. "This show is about trauma ... and I think the shift here in this season is that Jamie is dealing with a different kind of trauma. It's the trauma of everyday life."
You’ll Never Guess How This Crazy Story Ends
Like a car careening down a dirt road at 80 miles an hour, The Sinner’s third season is an exhilarating, tense ride full of stomach-churning twists and turns. The series rarely offers a moment to breathe, but when it does, you may find yourself re-evaluating your life.
"We've delved deep into the psyche and the struggle with the shadow, but our need to embrace that in order to survive in this day and age," Bomer said.