ITV’S THE Sister has left viewers complaining they’re “totally confused” after the continuous time jumps leave them with “no idea what’s going on”.
After weeks of hype and anticipation, the first episode starring Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia left some fans feeling underwhelmed.
The opening sequence was as nail-biting and sinister as any Neil Cross production can be (he is the mastermind behind Luther) with Tovey’s character Nathan about to swallow a handful of pills with a neat pint of vodka.
However, he’s stopped in his tracks by a press conference from missing woman Elise Fox’s family, who disappeared three years previously.
The camera closes in on Elise’s sister’s face as she states that someone somewhere must know something.
Then, all of a sudden, the episode jumps forward seven years into the future and Nathan is actually married to Elise’s sister Holly [Amrita Acharia].
The drastic changes in time left some viewers scratching their heads as they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
One confused watcher, wrote: “This nonlinear narrative has got me not knowing what on earth is going on #thesister”
“Confused? Hell Yes. It’s all timey wimey, but deffo seems worth staying with #TheSister,” added another.
And a third pleaded: “So, who watched #TheSister last night?! Please tell me I’m not the only one confused after last nights episode…”
ITV'S new thriller The Sister has promised to give us all the spooks in the run up to Halloween.
The chilling four-part series is the brainchild of Luther creator Neil Cross, and is based on a frightening experience in his own life.
Although the events of the novel are fictional, the author has revealed how a moment from his life inspired his book.
At a press event for the new ITV drama, Neil said as a teenager he believed he killed someone.
He said: "I was very young, I was 16 or 17 and I was out of my head on rough cider in Bristol… we used to drink rough cider in gallon containers because it was 32p a pint.
"I was making my way back to my sister’s house and there was a shortcut and you could either walk round a very long road – this huge sprawling council estate – or you could take a shortcut through the woods, through [to] these concrete steps through the woods.
"I woke up with a very, very clear memory of coming across a homeless man asleep on the steps who I randomly stabbed to death.
"I woke up the next morning and there was no sense of it being a dream, I just remembered doing it. To the extent I lived in degrees of fear certainly for the next week."
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Neil explained there was no blood on him or the knife he used to carry but still looked through the news as he was "absolutely certain" he remembered killing someone.
He added: "For years and years – I genuinely find this difficult to talk about – even now there is one per cent of me which is troubled by the memory of it.
"When the internet was invented one of the first things I did, when I became aware of what search engines were, was search the old newspapers. So yeah that was the inspiration.
"I didn’t do it if anybody’s wondering."
The Sister is on ITV all this week (October 26-29) at 9pm.