“The Sinner” has been known to feature any number of disturbing scenes, but Wednesday’s episode also included a sequence that was more baffling than anything else.
In the scene, Emmy nominee Carrie Coon cycles through a series of emotions with only a giant rock as her scene partner. As Vera Walker, a concerned mother whose son has been accused of murder, she turns to a means of solace that others in her commune, Mosswood Grove, use. She appears to be doing what looks to be yoga at first, alternating cat-cow pose with breath work, but then she also begins to cry and wail. When she’s done, she walks over to the towering rock and then puts her hands on it.
IndieWire turned to showrunner Derek Simonds for answers to this mysterious behavior.
“It’s some kind of exercise,” he confirmed. “We don