There’s no question that Monday night’s finale for “The Following” was surprising, as there were a number of events that happened in it that almost no one saw coming. However, it is also pretty fair to describe it as extremely polarizing. Just when it was starting to look as though Ryan Hardy and Claire were finally going to have a moment of peace, another attacker comes along and puts some well-placed hurt in their hearts.
So who is going to be back for the new season? While Hardy seems like a safe bet thanks to Kevin Bacon’s star power, everything else is up in the air. All executive producer Kevin Williamson would say to The Hollywood Reporter after the episode is that they have already filmed some footage with the expectation of planning ahead, and that they have intentionally set the stage for a much larger story to happen even if Joe Carroll is truly gone:
“Clearly we left some loose ends there [in the finale] that we will have to push forward into a new story … I do see the show as books and this was the first book in a series, a preamble in a lot of ways. There is a whole big, huge story yet to tell.”
Ultimately, it feels as though Williamson was able to handle the finale in quite possibly the best way that he could. He ended the show in dramatic fashion, gave some closure to the Carroll story, and left the story open for much more. We were wondering how he would set the stage for a season 2 that felt both similar and different, and he has found a way to pull it off.
What do you want to see happening when season 2 of “The Following” premieres? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below, and you can also read our full review of the episode from Monday night here.