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.