The fourth and final season of USA Network’s The Sinner has arrived on Netflix, coming to end after 32 episodes that started in 2017.

If you’re looking for a moody and unsettling drama series to watch during the dark evenings of the last few winter months, and want a detective series with a more refreshing approach, look no further than The Sinner. Based on a German novel of the same name, the series makes riveting viewing, dropping many of the tired cliches of murder mysteries that are dragged on too long, and keeps things interesting in each season.

The series sees Independence Day and Spaceballs star Bill Pullman as police detective Harry Ambrose investigating various cases, with one of his best performances to date. The show began in the first season as an adaptation of the 1999 novel by Petra Hammesfahr, before expanding its story further than the book into an anthology series. The first season deals with the aftermath of the murder of a man by a troubled woman named Cora Tannetti. Unlike most thrillers involving murder, the identity of the killer in this show is not what the show is focused on, rather it’s about why the killer was driven to do so.

In this new fourth season, our main protagonist Ambrose has retired from his duties as a detective due to the trauma and harrowing experiences from his previous cases. He travels to northern Maine in an attempt to get away from things, but unfortunately for him this is interrupted when a sudden tragedy occurs on the island on which he is staying. The long suffering cop is brought back into the fold, in an investigation that will impact both him and the community of the island. With his years of investigating weighing down on his pysche, and some of the island’s residents turning against him, it’s a race for Ambrose to solve the mystery while keeping his sanity intact.

Netflix’s own synopsis of the series is as follows: “Still reeling from the trauma of a previous case a year ago, the now-retired Harry Ambrose travels to Hanover Island in northern Maine for a recuperative getaway with his partner, Sonya (Jessica Hecht). When an unexpected tragedy occurs involving the daughter of a prominent island family, Ambrose is recruited to help the investigation, only to be thrown into a mystery of mounting paranoia that will turn this sleepy tourist island, and Ambrose’s life, upside down.”

The Sinner, which has a different case and investigation each season, is produced by Jessica Biel, who also had an acting role in season 1. It’s received critical acclaim over the years, with particular praise going to the strength of its cast and writing. The fourth season has already aired on its original US channel USA Network last year. The network announced that, unfortunately for fans of the show, this will be the final season, but has promised that it will give “a satisfying close to Ambrose’s journey.”

For those who’ve not watched the series, all 4 seasons and 32 episodes are available on Netflix, and you’re in for a ride. For those who are already fans of the show meanwhile (and haven’t started watching season 4 yet), the final season promises to be an excellent end to things. You can have a look above at the trailer for the final season.


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