FOX’s The Following has kind of swapped its two protagonists in the story in only fifteen episodes. With the season finale, “The Final Chapter,” upon us, for whom will this sequel, dual author tale have a happy ending?
When the psychological serial killer drama first premiered, it was Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), an eerily calm, creatively calculating, incredibly charming serial killer who seemed to hold all the power. He broke out of prison shocking everyone from his former family to the mass media to the FBI agent who had captured him and then written a book about their relationship. He had his young son kidnapped and the one victim he hadn’t succeeded in killing almost a decade earlier finally taken out. He had been devising a plan for awhile, and the element of surprise allowed him to carry it off.
Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), on the other hand was no longer a part of the FBI, barely even stable on his feet or able to function without swilling back alcoholic. He wasn’t mentally fit, nor was he physically so because his encounter with Carroll had left him with hardware inside his body, and he wasn’t taking care of it.
Fourteen episodes later, though, Hardy is stronger than ever, re-energized by the importance of his mission getting Carroll’s kid– and later his wife– back. He has found his purpose again, and as Carroll’s people have screwed up or been misunderestimated, Carroll has slipped, slowly unraveling.
Last we left them, Carroll was taking Claire (Natalie Zea) out on the sea to escape Havenport, where the FBI had set up roadblocks looking for him and his merry band of followers. They did a decent job distracting from his escape by planning an attack at the local evacuation center, but the clock is ticking, and Carroll is having to improvise in a way he isn’t proving to be so good at.
Of course, Agent Parker (Annie Parisse) has been buried alive but with enough cell phone battery to call Hardy for help. He’ll be distracted again in trying to save her and Claire and…everyone, really. Will that mean Carroll will escape his clutches? Or will he manage to pull off a miracle and get the guy who has caused so much havoc…only potentially to learn there is an even bigger part of the plan still to come? The show will be returning for season two, after all. And remember, a few episodes earlier, the military-grade deprivation bunker seemed to imply a terrorist training facility far more important that reuniting a man with the family that would never learn to love him.
That would certainly be a timely tale, wouldn’t it?
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