'The Sinner' Season 2: Five things to look forward to in Episode 7
Episode 7 will probably see the bond stregthen between Julian and Harry, as they realize that they are no
Episode six of season 6 of 'The Sinner' had established the fact that Vera (Carrie Coon) had changed Mosswood for good. However, there were certain questions that were still left unanswered. While the episode had brought forward Vera's version of the commune's past, it also gave glimpses into the lives of both Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) and Julian (Elisha Henig).
The last scene of episode 6 saw Julian being abducted by the same hooded figure who he had claimed would often appear in his dreams and choke him in his sleep. While Vera had dismissed the vision claiming that it was only a dream and nothing more mythical than the old legend night hag, the promo to Episode 7 states something completely different. The promo opens with Ambrose claiming, "He was telling me all along, that hooded thing was coming after him, turns out it was all real.” In the later clips, it is revealed that Vera is arrested by cops for the allegation of kidnapping her own son.
So what is the truth? Is Vera really the hooded figure? Was she lying about her past in Mosswood? As the questions pile up with only two episodes remaining, here are five things to look forward to in episode 7, scheduled to premiere on September 12.
1. Who is the hooded figure?
Honestly, we do not know. Although initially, it seemed that Vera could be the night hag who - according to folklore - rides people in their sleep, her confession in the last episode has hazed out the chances of her being the hooded figure. This leaves us with two probable choices.
Although Vera had claimed that she murdered Lionel Jefferies by poisoning him, we never saw him die. There were only leftover clues of Vera taking over Mosswood and leading it towards a better future after their leader disappeared. There could be chances that Jefferies didn't actually die or even better chances are Vera didn't really kill Jefferies. She probably pretended to kill him when in reality she had actually helped him escape. On the other hand, Marin's death was never confirmed. Heather (Natalie Paul) kept mentioning that Marin (Hannah Gross) had disappeared from Mosswood almost 10 years ago, yet no one knows where she went.
When police discovered the body at the bottom of the lake near Mosswood, Heather assumed that it could be Marin. But, once again, it is not confirmed. So there might be a possibility that Marin has finally returned to take back her boy. But why would she hide? According to what Vera had said, Marin was never perceived as a possible threat. Then does her disappearance have anything to do with Vera?
2. What is Vera's truth and is it similar to the reality?
According to Vera's story, she emerged out of Jefferies shadows to save the people of Mosswood from his ruthless practices. However, it is a little bit odd that she would confine so much to Ambrose in such a short period.
Vera kept denying Julian's vision to have had any actual impact on him when Julian blatantly claimed that she was lying to him about it. That could be true since Julian had earlier claimed that Vera could read minds. So why did Vera lie to Julian? Considering the fact that she could understand things like no one else she must have realized that Julian's dream wasn't just another figment of fear. It was a living reality which threatened the boy. Also, Vera kept Julian in Mosswood in spite of being aware of the presence of a molester. While the same molester could also be the hooded figure, there are chances that Vera is involved in Julian's abduction. But why?
Maybe because after revealing her story to Ambrose Vera began to fear that she too would be charged with murdering Jefferies (which is doubtful). Probably, like Bess and Adam, she too is looking forward to escaping Keller with Julian in order to save herself from the grips of law.
3. What happens once the past is revealed?
Vera surprisingly gave out quite a lot in the last episode, leaving herself completely vulnerable in the hands of the law. While her intention behind doing so is unclear, the woman certainly has a lot to lose at the moment.
Although her confession does verify her as the actual savior, her past also reveals her as someone who could be a sinner. Episode 6 brought out the guilt-full past not just of Vera but of Ambrose as well who had burned down his own house and killed his mother. Ambrose's return to Keller brought back several memories from his childhood that he has been trying to avoid for so long. But when faced with his own demons, Ambrose does not have anything else to resort to (as Vera has her sessions) but is forced to face himself. He has to put his past behind in order to solve the case but as the case paces up, Ambrose finds himself delving deeper into the past.
So what happens when the past is revealed? For Vera, it is a new beginning, but for Ambrose, it is taking the road back home.
4. What happens between Julian and Ambrose?
While Vera revealed her secrets with a probable intention, Ambrose revealed his secrets to Julian out of empathy. Season 1 saw the detective as a man who empathizes with the sinner as he believes that no one is ever responsible alone for their sins, most times people are compelled to commit a mistake.
Just as he had taken Cora down her memory lane while trying to explain to her the mishaps of his own life, he finally reveals to Julian that he too had been a murderer in the past. The last episode saw him confess to Julian that as a young boy he was not ready to carry on with his mother who suffered from mental disorders. In an attempt to free both himself and his mother from the mundane suffering, he set his house on fire and killed his mother. Ambrose also explained to Julian that following the incident, he too had spent a considerable amount of time in a foster home.
Ambrose's tendency to understand the mind of the criminal and treating that person as another fellow human being has helped him gain Julian's trust. He was also the only one who believed that Julian's vision was not just a dream. Probably if not Vera as a mother, Julian certainly found a father in the detective.
5. Where is Marin?
Probably the exact question should be, what happened to Marin? The cops discovered a skeleton at the bottom of the lake in Mosswood, and Heather immediately assumed that it was her best friend and beloved who had disappeared from the commune almost 10 years ago.
While Heather never actually tried to look for Marin, every clue including Vera's confession pointed out to Julian as Marin's son. However, Marin herself was not a very keen mother. Being unable to lactate, she despaired that she would not be able to take care of her child and handed him over to Vera. But what happened after that? Why did she disappear in the first place? With whatever hints that are there it can be assumed that Marin had left Mosswood in search of her calling- the exact same reason why she had left home to join Mosswood. With no one revealing anything about Marin, it can only be assumed that she fled the town to regain herself.
However, there are chances that after watching her son being charged for murder, she finally returns home as the hooded figure to take him away. But why hurt him then? Also, is the hooded figure from the earlier episodes and the one in Episode 6, the same person?
Watch the promo to Episode 7 below: