FOX’s The Following creator Kevin Williamson didn’t want to say much about where he would take his story in season two, but one thing was certain: if anyone had job security on that show, it was Kevin Bacon. As the FBI agent responsible for bringing in Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) almost a decade earlier, Hardy was the key to catching him yet again in present day. The complicated history between the two men, as well as the hard past Ryan had on his own, from a much younger age, offered Williamson a unique take on a character we’ve seen time and again. And because of that, Williamson was happy to repeat that he has “a lot more story” for Bacon’s Hardy– both in his past and his present, noting that we “need to see the aftermath of this and the effects of this [finale].”
Hardy is a sensitive, damaged guy, despite his powerful, outwardly strong position, and though the first season his journey appeared to build him up, giving him the confidence back to do the job, he still has a lot of demons to battle before he can permanently be in a position to take care of himself, let alone others in the long turn.
“There’s certain parts of Ryan that are never going to go away, as we learned over the course of the year. He has some stuff in his past that’s painful and like anybody else that’s got deep, deep, hurt fear or anger, do you get past it; do you move on; do you figure out someway to deal with it; or is it always going to be there?” Bacon said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him before the season finale event in Los Angeles.
“Beyond getting Carroll, I don’t really know [if he can do this job]. I think that’s going to be an interesting journey for exploration for Kevin Williamson next year.”
In all honesty, beyond knowing he was sticking around for season two, Bacon had no idea what Hardy would be up to. Would he be reeling from the death of Claire (Natalie Zea), stabbed in his own home, by his crazed neighbor who was also a devout follower? Or would he try to balance a relationship with a healing Claire with his work, perhaps learning new secrets about her and her relationship with Carroll and the followers as pieces clicked into place?
“We learned some stuff in the finale* that he doesn’t know or maybe has not really confronted about Claire, and I think that remains to be seen,” Bacon said on whether or not Hardy will be looking at Claire differently.
* What Bacon referenced here went beyond the discussion in the lighthouse because in the final cut, the time was spent with Hardy having to own up to Carroll about when he fell in love with Claire, but as the production went along, they also filmed flashbacks to Hardy following Claire to be led to Carroll, as he said in the scene, that offered a bit more insight into this convoluted threesome.
Coming off a successful first season, Bacon wasn’t too worried about only knowing “broad strokes” for where his character might go. He has adjusted comfortably to learning bits of information about his character over time, as opposed to films where all of the information is laid out in one script. And more importantly he trusts Williamson will deliver something just as exciting as he already has proven he can do.
“I think that’s one of the interesting things about TV: I have all of these questions; I have as many questions as you do, but I don’t really have control to see it because it’s all in the writer’s hands, the writer’s minds. That’s one of the great things about the television world these days is the writers really, they’re so much in control. When it comes to movies, you get the script, sometimes you say, ‘Well, this could be better; can we work on this scene?’ Maybe it changes, maybe it doesn’t, but that’s the thing you’re going to shoot. TV: whoa,” Bacon said.
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