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‘The Sinner’ Season 2 Hints at Sapphic Storyline

USA’s The Sinner was a solid, weird, freaky show where Bill Pullman liked having the shit get kicked out of him during sex, and Jessica Biel stabbed the life out a stranger at the beach for reasons unknown to everyone, including herself.

The eight-part series premiered in 2017 and quickly gained popularity as a crime drama that starts with a bang and then spends the remainder of the season in slow-cooking tension, with enough twists to keep its audience invested enough to want to know what the hell is going on. The trailer for the upcoming second season has been released, and it looks like it’s going to get the same treatment.

While Biel is credited in the cast for Season 2, no confirmation has been made yet as to her direct involvement with the new storyline. However, we do know that we will find  a brand-new case investigated by Pullman’s character, Detective Harry Ambrose, who is called back to his hometown in Upstate New York by a former colleague’s daughter, a detective in training, to assist in a double homicide. The case is complicated right off the bat, as the perpetrator is an 11-year-old boy who has killed both his parents for reasons unknown.

Among Season 2’s new key players are Carrie Coon (Gone Girl), Hannah Gross, and Natalie Paul (The Deuce), who will play Heather, the detective who calls upon Ambrose for assistance in the double murder.

Coon, who appears to play a rather significant role this time around, portrays Vera, “a formidable, mysterious woman who struggles between upholding the ideals of the community she leads and fulfilling her own desires.”

Hannah Gross, who was recently seen in Mindhunter as too-good-for-any-man Debbie, plays Marin, “Heather’s high school best friend who disappeared from town two years ago in a cloud of mystery.”

Judging by one particular blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the trailer, the mystery might be that she’s gay.

Not many details have been revealed about the individual characters that can highlight their backstories or relationships with one another. With good reason, as the show’s character particulars seem to be interlocked within the story itself and any information may give away key story elements.

However, Heather and Marin do kiss in the trailer. We are overdue for a gay woman of color in uniform, so you might want to tune in.

Season 2 of The Sinner premiers August 1st on USA.


Alex Velazquez

Alex Velazquez is a writer, photographer, and queer Mexican living in Los Angeles, CA.

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