*Content warning: This post contains some pretty massive spoilers.
The Sinner has been named the best show of 2017 by some very important TV critics (*cough* me *cough*).
If you haven’t already binged your way through Netflix’s latest offering you might want to leave now, lock yourself in a dark room for eight hours, and come back to us once your mind is completely blown.
The Sinner is a why-dunnit, a twist on the ole’ who-dunnit and it’s honestly one of the best shows you’ll see all year.
As we all know (if you don’t know, you have to GO. WATCH. NOW) episode eight seemed to wrap up Cora’s storyline in a neat little bow.
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We found out the thing that happened to Cora in her past which led her to kill Frankie Belmont on the beach. Everything seemed to fall into place… or… or did it?
You see, we have a few little answered questions that we NEED, erm, answers for so we can all move on with our motherflippin’ lives.
Here are all the unanswered questions we have after watching The Sinner finale:
Why doesn’t anyone look for Phoebe?
Probably the biggest plot hole/unanswered question from the whole series is why no one seems to give a goddamn when Phoebe goes missing.
Both girls disappear on the same night. Cora will not see or hear from her parents for five years.
When Cora is finally reunited with her parents during her trial they tell her that Phoebe died two months after Cora left home. Cora seems to accept that explanation without questioning it in the slightest.
Five years earlier when Cora turns up at rehab neither Cora, or her aunt, or her parents, wonder about Phoebe’s whereabouts.
Yes, Cora was missing herself for two months and she believes she’s now a heroin addict, but at no point does she even consider going to visit her terminally ill sister or wonder why she hasn’t heard from her.
The girls’ parents also don’t seem to wonder where their terminally ill daughter is.
This is partly explained in episode eight when Elizabeth (the mother) tells Cora that she overheard the two girls talking about running away to Florida together. The girls’ mother says when they disappeared she assumed they went through with the plan and they were “dead to her” from then on.
But… that’s totally out of character for this ~ slightly unhinged ~ mother. Elizabeth lived through her terminally ill daughter and her sickness. There’s no way she would have just turned her back on Phoebe.
So did the parents know more about that night then they let on?