‘The Sinner’ Season 3 Promises to Be ‘the Most Shocking Story Yet’

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It seems the world can’t get enough of crime-themed TV right now. From true-crime documentaries to fictional renditions of heinous incidents, everyone is suitably hooked on the nail-biting genre.

But, when crime drama The Sinner hit screens in 2017, it compelled audiences in a whole new way. With its deliciously dark twists and turns, cleverly executed unpredictability, and all-out gripping performances from an impressive ensemble cast, the anthology mystery series quickly achieved critical acclaim.

Now, the trailer for the long-awaited third season has finally dropped as well as an official release date. Keep scrolling to get all the details on the harrowing premise for the new series.

The Sinner is USA network’s darkly addictive crime series.

Praised for its complete unpredictability, compelling nature, and a knack for having us all on the edge of our seats, the fictional crime drama centers on the premise of investigating what drives normal people to commit brutal and disturbing crimes. All in all, it’s a show that focuses on the why, rather than the who, because we find out who the “who” is within minutes of tuning in.

The show aired in a limited capacity on USA Network before moving over to Netflix worldwide. But, due to its profound success, the network renewed it for a second (and now third) season.

And both, which have separate storylines, have proved pretty popular with fans.

We were plunged right into the deep end when we watched Cora Tannetti (played by Jessica Biel) who is at the beach with her husband and young son, brutally stab a man named Frankie Belmont, to death, unprovoked.  

Leaving it up to Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) to uncover the reasoning behind why a seemingly ordinary woman would fatally stab a man she didn’t know to death.

But Detective Ambrose chooses not to close the case and calls for a competency evaluation to determine whether Cora was mentally stable at the time she committed the heinous offense.

Turns out Cora did know the guy she stabbed, admitting that she had a one night stand with him in 2012. But, Frankie’s father insisted his son was in California in the summer of 2012 and there was no way he could have met Cora. As we moved to the halfway point in the series, things were ramped up a notch when Cora’s husband Mason and a man called JD – who Cora actually had the one night stand with  – were arrested and questioned.

Soon, Cora’s memory starts coming back, proving that this was much more than the classic “who done it.”

And with it comes a whole host of disturbing new details, and little by little we learn that Cora isn’t just a murderer but a victim of emotional, psychological, and sexual trauma.  

In the explosive conclusion, we learned that Cora’s sister Phoebe did die the night she went out with Cora and her friends, but from a drug overdose at the hands of Frankie, the guy Cora murdered. Oh and all that memory loss? That was Frankie’s dad, who, in a bid to protect his son, drugged Cora repeatedly, intravenously, so she wouldn’t remember that Frankie accidentally killed her sister and buried her in the woods.  

She was then transferred from prison to a psychiatric facility to receive help.

And this time it was set to be even more disturbing.

Season 2 also focused on a murder, but this time, it was committed by a child.

The season starts off with parents who have been murdered by their eleven-year-old son named Julian with no apparent motive.

Detective Ambrose realizes there is nothing ordinary about the boy. Firstly, he was born in a cult named Mosswood, secondly, those people he killed? Yeah, they weren’t his parents like we all thought.

They had actually taken Julian…

Vera, who we find out is his mom, is part of the cult and is very sketchy, to say the least. But we soon realize that even she isn’t his birth mom, and it’s, in fact, a woman named Marin, who had enlisted the help of her friends Bess and Adam (who Julian ended up murdering) to get her son back to her. Yep, pretty complicated.

USA Networked confirmed the news that the crime drama had been renewed for a third season earlier this year.

The latest stand-along story will revolve around a fatal car accident and the disturbing case behind it.

Matt Bomer will star as Jamie, “an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of an accident,” Chris Messina stars as Nick Haas, Jamie’s college friend, and Jessica Hecht plays Sonya, a painter who gets involved in the case when the car accident occurs on her property.

Jessica Biel, who starred in the first season, is an executive producer on the series – and this time around it looks like even more of a bloodbath.

And luckily, we now finally have an official release date…

The new season will be hitting USA Network on Feb. 6, 2020. While you wait for the new season to drop, keep scrolling to find out more about another gut-wrenching crime drama that people can’t stop watching.