- The Sinner, USA Network’s hit “whydunit” mystery show, will be returning for Season 4.
- The new season will “dig even deeper into the psyche” of Bill Pullman’s Detective Harry Ambrose.
- The season will likely arrive on Netflix about a year after it debuts on USA.
One of the best characters on TV will get to do his thing again, as USA Network’s hit “whydunit” mystery series The Sinner will be returning to the air for a Season 4.
The show will continue with the pattern it’s established since it first hit the air back in 2017: a new mystery, but one that seems fairly straightforward. That’s until Detective Harry Ambrose (played with perfection by Bill Pullman) starts investigating, and realizing that these cases are never quite as simple as they seem.
The show takes on something of a modified anthology format. It’s not fully an anthology like an American Horror Story or True Detective that brings in entirely new casts and (possibly) new worlds with each season, but each season does typically find Ambrose in a new setting with a new case to solve. His character, and his character’s past, however, remains the same and continues to build.
In addition to Pullman once again playing Ambrose, The Sinner‘s creator/showrunner Derek Simmonds will also return for Season 4, in addition to a team of producers including Season 1 star Jessica Biel. It’s nearly impossible to tell what kind of mystery Ambrose could be tasked with in Season 4, though. Between Season 1 (titled “Cora,” centered on Jessica Biel’s character), Season 2 (titled Julian, and centered on Elisha Henig’s character), and Season 3 (titled Jamie, and centered on Matt Bomer’s characer), the detective has found himself surrounded by trauma, cults, serial murderers, and, perhaps most frequently, people who just need his help.
The Sinner will be returning for Season 4.
Back in June 2020, The Sinner was renewed for a fourth season, with Bill Pullman’s character, Harry Ambrose, once again confirmed to be returning.
“The Sinner has struck a chord with audiences with its signature ‘whydunit’ style,” Chris McCumber, president of USA Network, said, according to THR. “In season four, we’re excited to dig even deeper into the psyche of Bill Pullman’s beloved Detective Ambrose character, while introducing our audience to a compelling, completely new mystery.”
When will it be released?
Season 4 hasn’t even announced casting or begun production yet, so it’s a bit hard to guess when it will air on the USA Network. The first two seasons aired in August (of 2017 and 2018, respectively), while Season 3 saw a bit of a delay, beginning its run in February 2020.
Back in March of 2020, Pullman said in an interview with GQ that Season 4 was still happening, but (then at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic) a lot of things were up in the air.
“That’s still in the works, and now probably more than ever because of all this production that got arrested and isn’t happening,” he said. “They probably already would have started in the writers room, and they can’t [because of the coronavirus]. All those things are still in play, but there’s a lot of ambiguity about a lot of things, and that’s one of them.”
With most shows having resumed production mid-way through 2020, we have to assume that The Sinner is at least in the pre-production phase right now. We still haven’t heard about any casting or filming/production news, though, so Season 4 is likely still a ways away.
Who’s in the cast?
There’s one character we know for sure will be back: Harry Ambrose, as played in every season by Bill Pullman. Harry has been the only main character to return from one season to the next, but with the way Season 3 ended, perhaps that could change.
Namely, the end of Season 3 showed Harry in a relationship with Sonya Barzel (Jessica Hecht), the painter whose property became the setting of the season’s initial mystery.
Season 4 could easily open up with Harry once again in a new setting solving a new mystery—and explaining Sonya’s absence with a line or two referencing a break-up, or whatever. But maybe it’s also possible that the season could find Harry in a relationship with Sonya, and, thus, Hecht returning. Could we see Ambrose kind of happy for once?
What could The Sinner Season 4 be about?
Now that…we simply cannot possibly predict. Part of the greatness of The Sinner is its backwards nature, with mysteries that appear at first to be completely explained, open-and-shut cases. A stabbing on the beach. A poisoning in a hotel room. A car accident.
But the twisty nature of the show is something no one outside of the writer’s room could possibly predict. The only thing we can be sure about? The classic combination of Detective Harry Ambrose, a wild mystery, and a little bit of inner turmoil for good measure.
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