'The Sinner' Season 2: Episode 6 paves the way for Vera to take centerstage
Nobody truly knows what is actually going on in Vera's mind, but as of now she is both the Savior and the Sinner.
It doesn't take much to realize that a mother can more than often break rules and cross boundaries in order to save her child. But what if the mother is just the one who took care of the child while her biological mother was dumped to her death? Will the other mother break rules too? Truth is, sometimes it is the other mother who is ready to take the lives of those who could be a potential threat to the baby.
That is exactly what Vera (Carrie Coon) does in Episode 6 of USA Network's 'The Sinner' Season 2. As the previous episode had already revealed that Julian (Elisha Henig) was biologically Marin's (Hannah Gross) baby, but it was Vera who took care of him at the commune, episode six actually elaborates on how exactly it was that Vera took care of Julian. Episode five ended on the note where the leader of Mosswood, Lionel Jefferies (Brennan Brown), indicates towards nurturing Julian to grow up to become the perfect sacrificial creature.
Jefferies carries on with his idea of sacrificing for the sake of a greater good. However, Vera is not entirely convinced about the way things were gradually changing around Mosswood. When she discovers that Bess (Ellen Adair) was seriously injured in one of the sessions and that Marin too has been the victim of being forced into one such violent session, Vera immediately confronts Jefferies and tells him that his methods were getting way too literal for the people living there. However, being a man of immense knowledge about the metaphysical, Jefferies manages to shut down Vera by telling her, "It was only when Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac that God rewarded him."
Although the reference to Abraham and Isaac might just be passed as a simple example, that particular scene holds immense significance when comes to the dimensions between the relationships shared by the characters. Although in Jefferies mind he is trying to achieve a greater goal (which is to prove his theory practically) by using - or rather, sacrificing - his pupil at the commune, his methods easily implicate that the man thinks of himself as nothing less than God. Moreover, since Jefferies narrated the story to Vera, it might also imply that he actually looks upon Vera as his most trusted pupil.
It doesn't take long for Vera to realize that to literally go ahead with his methods Jefferies would not deny placing Julian in the place of Isaac. The only difference here would remain that if Jefferies does put Julian up on stake there would be no God to intervene in the matter. Vera, thus, takes things in her own hands. Keeping Bess' injury, Marin's harassment and Julian's threat in mind, Vera goes on to kill her master in the same way that Julian would almost 10 years later. Probably, Vera does it not just to save Julian or Marin, but because she knows exactly how Jefferies mind works.
In that same scene, Jefferies reminds Vera that when she had tried to run away to her home in Texas, her father would not let her in. Ever since she has remained under Jefferies' care and has done everything that he has asked of her. Like a devoted disciple, she has never questioned his methods and has carried on with them, even if it meant hurting her own self. However, during her conversation with Jefferies, she probably realizes that her weakness has been often used against her without her own knowledge, and that is probably something he has been doing with everyone else in Mosswood including Marin.
While Vera seems to be sharing a similar past with Marin, she also shares a similar affection for the baby who is the only newborn in Mosswood. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that Vera's love for Julian surpassed Marin's. When Marin was unable to feed Julian as she couldn't produce milk, she hands him over to Vera who surprisingly lactates and manages to calm down the crying toddler. As Bess point that "it doesn't work that way", Vera simply puts it forward that it happens everytime she holds Julian. While biologically it is not possible for a woman to lactate without bearing a child, sometimes men and women do lactate when they are under some heavy doses of antidepressants or any other drugs.
If the theory truly applies then it clearly suggests that Vera has been experimented upon by various medications which have probably managed to screw up her system. Needless to say, Vera is one person who has Mosswood crumble under the rule of its founder and has brought back to be the commune that it was meant to be. If that required her to kill somebody, she didn't hold herself back. Instead, she carries on with all the works that Jefferies had taught her but doesn't apply his violent methods in order to achieve something impossible. Episode 6 easily establishes Vera as the actual protagonist of 'The Sinner' Season 2.
Although it might strike a little bit odd that she has been revealing all of this to Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman), but if the stories are actually true then it Vera who is the real Sinner in this story. Just like Cora who was compelled to kill under the dark influence of her past, Vera committed the similar crime in order to protect her son. But what exactly happened in the following years is not yet known. Why did Marin leave? Why did Bess and Adam flee with Julian, if Vera was truly protecting Julian? But most of all, what's going on Vera's mind now? While all these questions might be answered eventually, as of now it is Vera who has the reign of the story in her own hands.