'The Sinner' season 2 episode 7 leaves us wondering if Julian actually deserves our sympathy
After being reunited with his real mother, Julian has a hard time figuring out what should be done but he chooses to do once again what should not be done.
After episode 6, we had predicted that Marin (Hannah Gross) might be the hooded-figure. Turns out, she actually is. In fact, it was Marin who had left behind clues through which the two detectives were able to unravel the secrets about Julian (Elisha Henig) and Vera Walker (Carrie Coon). However, as always, fate had something else in store for the girl who spends most part of her life wandering and trying to fill up the gaps in her life.
Episode 6 confirmed that Marin is Julian's biological mother but the question still remains why did she leave? Although episode 7 answers the question vaguely, and we can only hope that by the last episode we will get to know the actual reason behind Marin's disappearance, it puts forward a different side of Marin. She was always projected as a character who was lost with no ground beneath her feet, and who could not take care of the baby whom she had given birth to. But in the last episode, Marin returns as an evolved person who has been clean for three years.
When a person realizes the full worth of their potential, they tend to encounter all the challenges head-on, and that is exactly what Marin sets out to do. After spending time with the Grey Daughters, Marin returns to take back what is rightfully hers - Julian. However, she is compelled to stay away from Julian after Vera refuses to hand over the boy who is now in legal terms her son. With no other way, Marin decides to sneak into Mosswood and take Julian away but is once again prevented from doing so. She seeks help from Bess who eventually takes Julian out of Mosswood to hand him over to Marin. However, we know how that turned out.
Julian ended up killing both Bess and Adam - who by now are established as his saviors- thus, taking up the crown as the sinner for Season 2. While the last few episodes tried to push the fact that Julian alone is not to be blamed for his actions, it also cannot be denied that it was after all a choice that he made. Julian could have easily run away or just called Vera, instead, he chose to poison the two people who were only trying to save him. Probably, Julian did not want to be taken away from Mosswood because that is one place where he is safe. However, he had also expressed anxiety regarding a dream about a hooded figure.
As we discussed earlier, Marin is actually the hooded figure, it can be said that Marin is also the old hag whose tales Vera would often tell when the hooded figure was mentioned. Vera had instilled the fear in Julian's mind about the old hag who can also be referred to as the wicked witch in the 1812 Grimm Brothers version of the German folklore, 'Hansel and Gretel'. As the story goes the wicked witch who resided in a house made of chocolates would lure the children into entering her home so that she could later kill them. The siblings who were initially left behind by their parents made their way out of the house by killing the witch.
It could be said that Julian found himself in a position similar to the siblings. Abandoned by his real parents as a child, he tends to attack anyone who is unfamiliar or seemingly is threatening. Probably that was one reason why he killed Bess and Adam. When Marin tries taking him away with her, he tries to run. However, she manages to assuage his doubts and convinces him that she is his actual mother. As Julian barely understood the complication of the situation, he eventually follows Marin to the motel (think about it, what if to Julian the motel is actually the witch's den?).
Marin realizes that she cannot expect any help from Heather (Natalie Paul) since she was one of those who was out hunting her and her son. Taking things into her own hands, she tells Julian that she would be taking him to Niagra Falls. The name immediately triggers the previous incident with Bess and Adam at the motel, and Julian seems to be a little off-foot after that. Although he follows Marin into the motel, he keeps his eyes fixed on the gun that Marin has been carrying along. Heather and Ambrose (Bill Pullman) on the other hand track down the two. However, they are a little too late to do anything- Marin is already dead.
While everything points out that Julian is the one to have shot Marin, the question remains why would he do so? Marin was not a threat to him, but neither was Bess and Adam. Julian seems to be on a spree of killing people everytime he is pulled out of Mosswood and left in the open, like an untamed beast. It cannot be predicted where 'The Sinner' will head from this point. It seems that all the puzzles that were put together are now slowly breaking apart and there are little chances of the pieces getting back together. In all of this, it can only be said that Julian might be Marin's son but he is Vera's true disciple.