‘The Sinner’ Spoilers: Jessica Biel, Derek Simonds Tease Cora’s Childhood, What’s Real And What Is Imagined?

The Sinner is one of the highly anticipated TV shows coming this summer. Starring Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti, the actress recently spoke about the series. Executive producer Derek Simonds also discussed the show, which is based on the 2008 book by Petra Hammesfahr. It was teased that viewers will learn about Cora’s childhood, which wasn’t so pleasant. There will also be questions of what is real, and what has been created by the imagination.

Possible spoilers are ahead. If you don’t want any clues on what to expect on the USA TV show, then do not continue reading.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Jessica Biel and Derek Simonds discussed details about The Sinner. Biel has, for the most part, remained out of the spotlight and away from the camera for the past few years. After Jessica and her husband, Justin Timberlake, welcomed Silas into the world, the actress seemed more focused on her family. So, the television series must be pretty special to pull Biel away from her 2-year-old son.

“I really wanted to be home at least the first year of his life. That was important to me. But I also think if something that had come by that I couldn’t say no to, my family would have made it work. But that just didn’t happen.”

One day, Jessica Biel received Hammesfahr’s book and to her surprise, she was amazed and shocked by the twists in each chapter. The complexity of the story is what prompted the 7th Heaven alum to not only star in, but be one of the executive producers of The Sinner.

The actress promised that with each episode, fans will learn more about Cora Tannetti. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it is about a mother who is living a seemingly normal life. One day at the beach, she suddenly snaps. Taking the knife she is using to peel fruit, Cora ends up plunging it into the neck of a man. However, she claims to have never met the victim and can’t explain why she murdered him.

Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) tries to figure out what drove Cora to commit such a violent crime. It was hinted in the publication that her childhood was less than ideal. Derek Simonds explains that it isn’t about who or how, but why. He also teased that there might be some confusion for Cora on what is reality and what is fiction.

“It’s all about the mystery of why. Through Ambrose’s eyes, we’re in that detective story of piecing together pieces of her past. What we learn very soon after the pilot is that there are many layers as to what’s real, what’s happened, and what’s been imagined.”

Some television shows leave a lot of questions and unresolved storylines, which can be frustrating for viewers. That will not be the case with The Sinner. By the time the finale airs on USA, every question will be answered. Fans should also be prepared to find out who exactly is the sinner because it might not be Cora that the title is referring to.

The magazine asked if there is a possibility of a second season of the show. While nobody knows what the future holds, Simonds already had an answer prepared. The executive producer clearly has already been thinking ahead.

“There are scenarios where Ambrose becomes this iconic detective who we follow on other cases. Or it could be a totally new anthology show like True Detective. One thing for sure, in a Season 2, there would be a whole new case and mystery.”

What do you think of what Jessica Biel and Derek Simonds shared about The Sinner? Are you hoping the storylines follow the book, or would you like to see them take it in a different direction?

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