Bill Pullman talks about his character's crisis in 'The Sinner' and possible third season return
Bill Pullman has won the viewers through his meticulous portrayal of Detective Ambrose, and maybe he would once again return if the show turns out into a triology.
USA Network's 'The Sinner' season 2 does not see the return of Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti. However, Bill Pullman is certainly back with his character Detective Harry Ambrose and in the new season Ambrose's character has a lot of exploring to do. Pullman has also revealed that the show might have a third season, covering it up as a trilogy.
Unlike season 1, where the focus was chiefly on Cora and her past, in season 2 Ambrose's character goes through a journey to his childhood times when he was residing at a foster home. Bill Pullman has portrayed Ambrose as a detective who pleasures himself with a dominatrix and who empathizes with the criminals with a slanting uncomfortable smile. Pullman said during an interview with Variety that Ambrose's character has put around himself so many boundaries that returning to a normal life becomes difficult for him. "He’s found some boundaries, and he’s remaining more insulated. But the nature of going to stay at his friend’s house, which means sharing bathrooms, and all of [those] things and appearing kind of wanting to be a normal person means that acting out of all of that, putting on the face of all of that, is really what he’s trying to do, but it doesn’t really work that well."
The 'Independence Day' star does not prefer knowing too much about his character. He would rather play his character at the moment with all its intensity than cope with the brooding dangers that his character will probably have to face. "[It’s also one] that you find in life, which is that you don’t know. Especially this season, where there are many characters that have demands on his energy and focus, like in life, there’s maybe a couple of people that are potentially the ones who could really open him up." While for the most part of the first three seasons his character chiefly stays in denial of his past, Pullman mentions that Ambrose will soon succumb under the overwhelming disposal of his memory.
"The nature of going back to his hometown and getting into a lot of ghosts that are still haunting him from that time. There is quite a bit that was just referenced in one of the last episodes of last year. He was in the car with [Cora] and they shared a lot of things, and he said, 'Not everybody starts out the same way, and you and I both know that.'" Cora and Ambrose were both the products of a very dark past and that is probably why the two quickly managed to bond over the case. Pullman said, "they had [something] in common, and in a level of sharing that, it brings him to a level of intimacy that really hadn’t happened for him. So, going back to the site of where a lot of his unresolved issues are, I think, bring [them] right to the surface in the relationship with the boy and with the leader of the community, Vera [Coon]."
As season 2 sees Ambrose interacting with a lot more characters than he usually would, it might give rise to a conflict which would direct the show to a completely new direction. "With the boy, there’s a level of challenge with the level of communication he’s going to be able to establish. … With his best friend, there’s somebody who has known him and can call him out for things that were in his character all his life...There are a lot more people who're looking to kind of name what’s wrong with him. He can’t hide anymore." If Ambrose truly is disturbed with his hometown then there is probably a very strong reason for him to hang out in the neighborhood.
"Once you open that door and you step back to that time — that period — and you’re back in that environment, it would be really difficult to just escape it all." Regarding the show being a trilogy Pullman said that although his role is an interesting one, he certainly had not expected it to arrive in his career towards the end of the game. "I’ve done a lot of movies, I’ve done a lot of things, but being my age [and playing a character] in crisis and in a situation that really evolves a lot — it’s basically noir to me, which I think is one of the core genres that I’m interested in all different projects, but this is more detailed and there’s a level of refinement of character that I find. It’s a real gift to get at this point."
'The Sinner' season 2 will probably return on Netflix towards the end of this year, as the first season had aired on Netflix in November after its release in August.