Warning: The following article contains major spoilers from tonight’s Season 2 penultimate episode of ‘The Following.’ Read at your own risk.
Viewers of ‘The Following’ aren’t strangers to death on the hit FOX drama from Kevin Williamson. Basically, no one is safe, but it’s still shocking when a regular (and someone you’ve watched from the beginning and become somewhat accustomed to) is killed.
Tonight, in Season 2’s penultimate episode titled “Silence,” we saw a lot of death (Tom Cavanagh’s Kingston Turner and Shane McRae’s Robert). However, the one farewell fans might be reeling from is, wait for it, Emma (Valorie Curry). Yep, Emma is no more.
After Emma reluctantly goes with Robert to keep watch over the inn where Joe (James Purefoy) and Claire (Natalie Zea) got engaged to see if Claire is really alive, because that’s what followers of Joe Carroll do, Claire and Emma come face to face.
Rather than following Joe’s orders of not harming Claire, Emma creates her own plan of killing Robert and hunting Claire. In what was a catfight we’ve all been waiting for, Emma tells Claire how grateful she is for the time they had together when she was Joey’s nanny -- basically, Claire was the mother she never had.
Eventually, the two battle it out. Not only does Claire end up stabbing Emma, but she throws her out a window (yes, Claire is a badass). Immediately, Claire goes to check on Emma’s status outside, but like all killers, Emma survives. Again, Claire and Emma fight, resulting in Claire stabbing Emma with a piece of wood ending her life for good.
Out of the shadows appear twins Mark and Luke (Sam Underwood). Luke is shocked by this “twist” of events, and Mark is not happy that Claire killed his girl Emma. Uh oh, Claire is in for a rude awakening with this duo.
Before Emma’s death, and in what seemed like a foreshadowing moment, she spoke with Robert about what it’s like to die. She described the moment as “silence,” just like the episode title. Well, that’s exactly what she received. It should also be mentioned that, after her death, the camera zoomed out in silence over Emma’s lifeless body. The scene was an eerie and peaceful moment.
Yes, Emma was a villain, but it’s sad to see her go. As an original character from Season 1 and the very first episode, Emma was a key follower of Joe, who manipulated and lied to her on more than one occasion. I might be in the minority, but it’s hard not to feel bad for the poor girl looking for someone to accept and love her. Plus, Curry is a fabulous actress and the show won’t be the same without her.
‘The Following’ Season 2 finale airs next Monday at 9/8c on FOX.