Season 4 of The Sinner is now engaging Netflix fans, but there will be no season 5!
Unfortunately, the Bill Pullman crime drama has come to an end.
Yes, you read it correctly – there will be no more Sinner series. So, why is everything coming to an end now?
Will the Series Return for a 5th Season?
No! The Sinner will not return to USA Network for a fifth season. This is because the fourth season of the programme has been announced as the final instalment.
While The Sinner was renewed for a fourth season in June 2020, it wasn’t until November 17th, 2021, that it was announced that the anthology series will be ending after its current instalment.
The Sinner was originally planned as a one-season miniseries, but after receiving positive reviews and good ratings, it was expanded into an anthology, with each new season recounting the narrative of a fresh case for Harry Ambrose to solve.
Why Was It Cancelled?
Season 4 of The Sinner premiered in December 2021 on the American cable network USA Network.
The network, however, declared that this would be the final season of the anthology crime drama.
In a statement, series creator Derek Simonds stated, “It’s been a big joy and an honour to be able to explore the type of tales we’ve had on The Sinner these last four seasons.”
“[Universal Content Productions] and the USA have been fantastic collaborators and have always been supportive of our creative aspirations, and I’m thrilled to be able to wrap off Harry Ambrose’s dramatic series-long arc in this final season as planned.”
Thank you so much to my partner in crime, Bill Pullman, as well as the wonderful performers, writers, directors, and crew that put their hearts and souls into making this programme a reality. It’s been a fantastic adventure.”
Is It Possible to Rescue the Sinner?
The Sinner has a great international following, so it’s sad it’s coming to an end now.
However, there was anticipation late last year that Netflix might pick it up. The streaming behemoth tends to take up and repurpose cancelled programming. Take a look at Lucifer for example.
The fact that The Sinner is available on Netflix in countries other than the United States just added fuel to the flames.
However, no word has been received as of yet.
Derek also added a footnote, stating that he would want to create more series in the future.
“We’ve spoken about keeping Harry Ambrose if the show is renewed, and we’ve also talked about freshening the programme altogether with a new main detective who might create another multi-season adventure in the show.”
Netflix, make it happen!
The Sinner’s first season, which premiered in 2017, was based on the same-named Petra Hammesfahr crime book. Jessica Biel, the executive producer, played a distressed mother who, seemingly at random, fatally murdered a guy during a beach vacation.
Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) featured as a member of a strange cult who claimed to be the mother of an 11-year-old kid brought up on murder charges in the second season, which premiered in 2018.
Season 3 premiered in 2020 and is centred on a prep school teacher (played by White Collar’s Matt Bomer) who was involved in an apparent vehicle accident that turned out to be something far more sinister.
A newly retired Ambrose travelled to Hanover Island in northern Maine for a recuperative getaway with his partner Sonya in the fourth (and now final) season, which premiered Oct. 13, where he soon witnessed an unexpected tragedy involving Percy Muldoon (Orange Is the New Black’s Alice Kremelberg), the daughter of a prominent fishing family.
With The Sinner ending and Chucky, a Syfy original, being simulcast on the USA, it appears like the USA — previously home to Blue Skies shows like Burn Notice, Monk, Psych, Royal Pains, Suits, and the aforementioned White Collar — is officially out of the scripted originals business.
America’s Big Deal, Chrisley Knows Best, Miz & Mrs., and Temptation Island are among the current unscripted originals.