New Year’s Resolutions: The Sinner Season 3 needs to delve deeper into Ambrose’s past

THE SINNER -- "Part VIII" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dohn Norwood as Detective Dan Leroy, Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)
THE SINNER -- "Part VIII" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dohn Norwood as Detective Dan Leroy, Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network) /

The Sinner Season 3 will be here before we know it. The only constant remains Ambrose, and it’s time to delve deeper into his past.

While it’s an anthology series, there is one constant throughout The Sinner. That’s Ambrose, played by Bill Pullman. As we get ready for Season 3 to premiere in February, we need to look at the New Year’s Resolution it needs to make.

One of the downsides of Ambrose’s inclusion is the fact that he’s the “straight white guy” in a world of TV crime dramas that mostly have the straight white guy in the lead. But the character is complex enough to leave us intrigued, and the rest of the cast tends to more than make up for this.

So, with all that said, here’s a look at the New Year’s Resolution the show needs to make.

The show: The Sinner

The resolution: Delve deeper into Ambrose’s past

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Why it needs to be made: There’s absolutely no doubt that Ambrose’s character is complex. We’ve seen it from the beginning. He has sexual desires that you wouldn’t usually see portrayed on TV from the main character. And I’m in no way shaming that. In fact, I think it’s refreshing that a series is willing to show this.

However, there’s more to him than his sexual desires. He has a past that has been shrouded in mystery. Over the last two seasons, we’ve watched little bits come out, and we’re expecting more in the third season.

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Something that has always intrigued me is why he wants to learn more about those who have been accused of crimes. In the first season, he spent time trying to figure out why Cora killed the man she did. What made her snap? And why did she do it out in the open?

It was clear that Cora had some sort of reason. While the majority of detectives wouldn’t care, Ambrose did. He needed to understand her actions because he wanted to make sure she got the best possible outcome for herself and her family. And it was soon clear that there was a backstory that would break many people.

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Not only did he make Cora relatable and leave us feeling sympathy for her, but he made himself relatable. Okay, we’re not all interested in dominatrix and we don’t all have marriage breakdowns, but we’re all flawed in some way.

Too many times we see a lead detective as a perfect person. When they’re not perfect, they’re treated differently because of that imperfection. The Sinner has kept the personal private for the most part. There are the odd people who understand it, but Ambrose’s sexual tendencies and his past don’t affect his work as a detective but make him better at his job, while making him more relatable to us.

Ambrose’s private life is also some of the most intriguing parts of the story. With that in mind, we need to see more of it in The Sinner Season 3, with a potential explanation of why he’s willing to learn more about those accused of crimes.

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What would you like to see in The Sinner Season 3? What do you hope to learn about Ambrose? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Sinner Season 3 premieres on Feb. 6 on USA Network.