'The Following' prepares for "the final chapter" of Joe Carroll's plan

The Following has been a relatively successful series for FOX, providing a taut serial killer drama for those who don't have cable. The show, which stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent caught up in the dangerous web of Edgar Allan Poe-themed serial killer Joe Carroll and his many followers, is reaching the end of its fifteen-episode first season. Next week's episode, "The End Is Near," will be the penultimate episode of the season, and apparently its title isn't lying: the season finale is titled "The Final Chapter."

A press release for the "explosive" finale (which airs April 29) reveals the following about the episode: "Ryan (Kevin Bacon) races to stop Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) before his endgame reaches a deadly conclusion. Meanwhile, Joe leads Claire (Natalie Zea) to a special location and the ultimate showdown between good and evil takes place."

The "ultimate showdown"? Carroll's "endgame"? If I didn't know better, I'd say that this was a series finale, not just a season finale. But as it turns out, this episode probably won't feature the massive resolution that this press release promises -- the series has been renewed, after all, for a fifteen-episode second season. 

So this raises the question: what would be next? If Joe Carroll survives the finale, the series will probably be decried as stretching itself thin. But if he dies, what will season 2 be about? Another cult? It's hard to tell. 

Regardless, it should be interesting to see how season 1 ends up, though. 

"The End Is Near" airs April 22 on FOX.

- The Following
- James Purefoy

Written by: mcpherson
Apr 16th, 2013, 11:12 am

Images courtesy of FOX

Ms. Star61

Message Posted On Apr 20th, 2013, 9:43 am
I love this show, looking forward to season 2.

Message Posted On Apr 18th, 2013, 4:22 am
I think this has been a poor series, frankly. I'm interested in the resolution but there have been so major holes in it all the way through. For example, why did everyone follow Caroll in the first place? What makes him so charismatic and Koresh-like? He's an English professor who murdered young women. Why does this make him a cult hero? Secondly, this show shows that FBI is a terrible light. Even allowing for the suspension of disbeief, some of the decision-making has been criminally incompetent. It's so contrived. Best bit of the season, where Hardy kills the blonde follower. Drop your weapon or I'll shoot you dead. Oh, I don't think you'll d....(BANG!) Last moan - why does the bad guy in a US show always have to be a Brit? Why not a Russian, or a South African, or something. It's so predictable these days to have a Brit baddie.

Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 9:11 am
Best new show of the season....more of it will be welcome
Edgar Allen Poo

Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 7:55 am
They must change it for season 2 and not just regurgitate what happened in S1 just because it was OK. Those of us who are not vociferous fanatics will just get bored, cry a little and switch off - there absolutely must be a startling swerve of the storyline to keep it fresh

Message Posted On Apr 16th, 2013, 12:38 pm
Even if Joe Carroll were to die in the end of this season there are obviously quite a few of his followers out there, the second season could be about finding them, with flash backs including Joe (James Purefoy). There are a lot of possibilities if you've watched this series.
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