The Following Season 1 Finale Review: The Final Chapter, Eh?

The Following S01E15: "The Final Chapter"

So how many of you thought Carroll was going to climb out of the rubble like the Shredder at the end of Secret of the Ooze?

It's because everything about Carroll's "demise" seemed to be too impossible, too unlikely, and too wrong-way theatrical in order to make sense. It why I'm going to leave "demise" in quotes until we get more evidence than dental records from charred remains and the early results of a DNA test. I mean, if a vindictive girl from Rosewood can dupe those things, anything is possible with Carroll and his sleeper cell followers. And there are days when I think the high school girls on Pretty LIttle Liars are a collective Sherlock Holmes compared to the FBI on this show.

Before we dive into what Carroll's "exit" means to the series, let's discuss another important and much more conclusive end: When Parker ended up in that box at the end of the penultimate episode, I think we assumed with 85 percent certainty that Ryan Hardy was going to save the day and Parker would be all, "Oh, my hero," wrapping her frail arms around his neck. Imagine my surprise.


In a Q&A with the cast and creators, Kevin Williamson said Annie Parisse wanted to go out with a "bang" and, but while she did go out with a bit of theater, her death was more of a whimper. While she's mostly been a straight-faced jester for most of the series, the show tried to build her up a little, sneaking the book in at the beginning to throw you, dedicating an entire episode to her flashbacks and building a history and motivations, only to have her die whispering and for no greater purpose than to serve as a stepping stone along the way to Carroll's hideaway.

Yes, we had a lot of fun poking at her inability to point and control a weapon and her special brand of spineless leadership. But this was supposed to be a character who meant something to Ryan (remember their bonding moment in the apartment after Claire got herself kidnapped?) and she basically died in complete contribution to Carroll's plan. She had a little fight in the beginning, but disappointingly, she was little else than a ticking time bomb for the remainder of her life. Obviously that's the nature of being trapped in a box but even in death, Parker had nothing to offer but a reason to add to Hardy's body count. And that, generally, is not a difficult thing to do.


However, Hardy did honor her passing by doing what she was so good at: identifying the right thing to do and then doing the complete opposite. Finding out that Hardy and Weston had, somehow, thwarted a part of Carroll's "carefully" constructed plan (I'm using a lot of sarcastic quotes today) should've been a boon. Ryan had an extra agent who could hold a gun (already a step ahead of his previous backup) and was willing to shoot with as much abandon as Ryan, and Ryan decided that was the moment to start playing by Carroll's rules. "Nope," he said. "I have to do this alone."

Why would Hardy not use the advantage? Nothing could be clearer: Because he was afraid that, if the story didn't go as planned, Claire would die? If that's actually the case, that's something I rationalized later and not at all how I felt during the episode. I was perplexed, almost as stunned as Weston seemed to be himself, when Ryan discharged his weapon at an agent just so he could do the stupidest of all possible things for that situation.

Though I suppose you can't argue with results. Ryan Hardy did end up putting Carroll in a very awkward, if not fatal, position. I wasn't impressed with the death and that's what I meant earlier by "wrong-way" theatrics. We made fun of the fire death when it came around during Episodes 2 and 3 because it lacked that Romantic-era emotional connection. Setting someone on fire is very dramatic, but it lacks a certain personal touch. Emma's murders were all close-range and heartfelt, accompanied by that gentle shushing. Carroll's murders were also hands-on and close-range. Pushing Carroll into the fire and then letting explosions "incinerate" him lacked a certain symmetrical quality. Carroll was supposed to be Hardy's rival, the face of his life as a shambles. the being that defined him. And all Hardy did was uneventfully push him into the nearest deathtrap. I'm not saying Ryan should've stabbed him in the gut while they talked about their feelings, but there may have been room for a little nod to their being two sides of the purported coin they tend to discuss so much. Besides, no one dies from being stabbed in the gut on this show.

So what does Carroll's "exit" do? For starters, The Following has eliminated its big bad without establishing a new one. Basically, it means there's a cult of followers that has no leader. What those cult members will do without someone to remind them that death is pretty presents three options: disabuse them of their worship, beg for them to shift their obsessive devotion to a new leader, or inspire the orphaned followers to continue with his "work" in the name of their fallen martyr. So far, with Molly getting all stabby on Hardy and Claire in the last scene, it looks like it might be the latter. Another gut-stabbing to a character that really can't die. Seriously, no one can die from a gut wound on this show, can they?

The finale presents an interesting challenge for a show that's sold itself as a cat-and-mouse game between a couple of animals that are really mediocre at toying with each other. The cliffhanger was unique in not addressing that problem but simply showing that violence will still happen, whether Joe orders it or not. There was no newly annointed villain or torch-passing. Molly's presence just reminds everyone that the cult members still being at-large is a danger to them all—especially since, if Emma's reaction to in Mobile and Molly's continuance are any indication, they all seem to be real mad.

So that's season 1 of The Following. Thanks for sticking it out for the first fifteen episodes with me, despite the show's attempts to turn us away. You've made this a lot of fun.


NOTES

– You can tell when Williamson writes a script because, all of a sudden, everyone on the show is preempting any criticism about the story by making the characters announce it first. Claire calling Joe "predictable" and Ryan saying the ending is overwrought give yet another indication that the writers on this show know what they have. Williamson is a grade-A thunder-stealer.

– When will people on this show stop trying Ryan? He's given them every reason to believe that he will shoot, maim, and torture anyone he thinks will hinder him, yet the sniper was like, "You won't hurt me." Yes. Yes, he will. This show is almost more of an advocate for "enhanced interrogation" than anything 24 did.

– So Claire is apparently noble? Did you catch that about her at all during this series? How she was always thinking of others when she got kidnapped so she could see her son? Or how she was always taking care of people when she was yelling at Ryan? They really tried to drill "noble" into us, but I keep remembering "harpy."

– Joe Carroll the serial killer trying to shrink Claire's head while he held her captive, trying to tell her how powerful denial can be and how everything is not her fault, felt like a cuckold being reassured by an adulterer. I understand the impulse, but it's so wrong.

– That said, probably the best line of the season was Carroll demanding that Claire not shoulder any responsibility for the deaths of those he killed because that steals from how special they are to him. "I earned them. I own them. They are mine." It was the one time since the pilot where you felt like this guy really was a killer and not just a bookish boss of the world's most eclectic and ineffectual mob.

The Curse is a really dumb title for Carroll's book. What a hack.

– Until I was told, I had no idea that the girl in Mobile was Emma. This show really tests my facial recognition.

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Charlie and Paul died from gut stabs, just so you know... And it's not the only thing I disagree with you about. I really enjoyed the show and it appears you only try to find things to hate it. I admit they make stupid decisions and has some unreal things, but you can`t criticize that and then say you expected a more epic death of Joe, or criticize Parker's death, or expect Ryan to make a good decision given his mental state (mortified by Claire's "imminent" death and Parker's recent one).
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I was just happy that the show knew it was stupid and was making fun of itself. Other than that, it was very standard fare and even made Ryan stupid. No unexpected twists. Very cliched.

I agree that Purefoy gave his only real performance after the pilot when he said that he earned his kills. That was unsettling. At one point, I thought Hardy got a package with Joey cut to bits inside (his difficulty in getting it open made my mind run wild). Claire might die, but Hardy dying is as realistic as Carroll not coming back next season. It won't happen. I feel bad for Kevin Bacon.
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Hardy terminating the sniper as he was unarmed and tied up, effectively executing him, and not getting in trouble in any way with the FBI...
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Just finished watching this series last night and while I tried to avoid spoilers, the constant headlines of how stupid the FBI were and then watching that unfold made me laugh. Overall I enjoyed the series and will probably watch next season. I had to comment on the stupidest moment in my opinion-Parker being buried in 2 inches of dirt, her hands were tied in front of her, and she couldn't worm her way out? She didn't do everything in her power to try? Okay then.
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Love the show but the digging scene with Ryan and Mike was kind of hilarious even though I liked Debrah and didn't want her to die.
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The Season Finale=Grade C-/D+ . I should not be surprised. Was it just me or was this one of the most anti climatic finales ever. The high point of the episode was Hardy terminating the sniper.(Jack Bauer couldn't have done it better) Of course the low point was the finale battle.(There were like 100 followers that we knew of and clearly some of them stayed behind but suddenly no one is around ??) I have to agree with one of the earlier posts after Carroll escaped got Joey and Claire, the writers didn't know where to go from there. Did the Hardy Boys really disrupt a lot of Carrols plans? It seemed everybody they wanted to kill they did.. The final scene gave episode a decent cliffhanger but is it too late?(I reached the point that does it really matter if Carroll is dead or alive??) A premise that started off solidly and just fell apart during the run. A message to The Following producers "A couple of new writers, and change the tone a bit. you can have THE DARKNESS but maybe counter it up with Scream-Like self awareness. Take the momentum you have earned and try something different for next season because you might not get a Season 3.. See you all here next year
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So, it took me a while to bring myself to watch this episode. I somehow, under my skin, knew it would be bad. But, for the life of me, I could never have imagined this. I won't go into my list of.. hm, problems, 'cause most of them were already pointed out by the show itself (har har) or by the reviewer. All I will say is this:
How. The Hell. Did. That Chick. Get. Into. The Apartment.
No no, let me explain. I know this is TV and on TV things often happen the way they would never ever happen in real life. TV is fiction and fictional, or even downright impossible things happen on TV all the time. But even the most out-there shows at least try to stick to the most basic rules of logic and physicality. That is, unless Molly has some supernatural powers and we'll go into the sci-fi or fantasy genre next season.
Also, Charlie died from a gut wound. In, like, half a second.
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Molly had a key to his apartment for emergencies and sex. It was stated in an earlier episode when he came home and she was already in there.
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I don't buy that. They must've checked the apartment. I can see no way in which they could have missed her. Where was she hiding? Behind another false wall?
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What the hell that was bullshit, it wasn't an epic end for Joe at all. I'm sure they will find a way to make it work, but so help me if they have Emma leading things next season I'm gonna kill someone. I'm a little pissed they killed Parker, I really wanted Claire to die and Parker to live. I've hated Claire since Joey got kidnapped and she went and got her self kidnapped by Charlie. Parker isn't excessively interesting but she is more so than Claire, fingers crossed Claire actually died and they aren't gonna pull some crap where she survives that.
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what is wrong with all you people???? that's why life became so boring lately.people hooked at his ipod,ipad,celular phones, internet, nobody has an imagination anymore, people are so boring these days !!! its a shame. Stop being so critical and just see the entertainment value, This is by far the best serial on TV in ages, so unique, so gripping, so well acted, so unpredictable, i loved it, i really miss it now, Kevin Bacon was unbelievable, and so the actor who played Joe Carroll and Emma, and Jacob, and Parker, Specially Kevin Bacon, wao, what an actor. 5 thumbs up for the Following, bring us more and more, so we can have a moment on Tueday night where we are transported to that world and forget the misery and problems of every day
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Don't mind him, he's obviously high...or getting paid to promote season 2. Have you ever seen so many adjectives in a review before?
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unpredictable, it was the most predictable I've ever seen, you could predict whenever someone from the inept FBI was going to be shot, captured or evaded. The ending was even predictable
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what??? predictable??? I bet you didn't know Parker was going to die, Joe's death nor the stabbing of Ryan and Claire at the end. Even Sarah Fuller's death was a surprise for most people. I don't see why people criticize this show... it's so good! I'll admit the FBI are portrayed as idiots, and it's illogical Ryan doesn't get in trouble for killing people who get in his way (but still, gotta admit I love that he's not the pathetical righteous hero)... but it's TV! I forgive these kind of things because the story is so engaging and thrilling. You won't enjoy it if you keep looking for unreal things to point out... I love the way the show lets us get to know the crazy followers and understand them, the relationship between Ryan and Joe and the Emma-Jacob-Paul love triangle (I think the scene where Jacob kills Paul is so deep and perfect).
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Huh?
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It was a great season finale!! As I was watching it's was so gripping and exciting it had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.... Oh no wait that was last nights episode of Person of Interest....

I got up and did my dishes and used it as background pollution that was the finale of The Following.

This show has been so unbelievably bad from start to finish (and they renewed it?? WHY??) I have nothing good to say about it. Actually it was so bad I'm not going to waste any more time by saying anything bad about it as well...

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I stopped watching on episode 7: Let Me Go. That none of the absolutely idiotic things I saw in those episodes made it into the top 5...speaks volumes about this show.
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How can this show follow up the absurd plot from season 1? Followers dressed as teletubbies, creepy and unexpected. I think it would work nicely with the show's overall tone of complete stupidity!
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The thought of MSmithTV was mine too. I mean, everyone saw that coming, the guy was going to die. But when Hardy and even Weston in my opinion looked at eachother I really thought and hoped they would bury him alive. And that would probably be my favorite decision this whole season, but even that was to much to think of for the writers.

I actually expected to read about this in your review too. But maybe it was to obvious to mention for you :P.

By the way lets be honest. Who really things Caroll is dead? I'm not, not for one moment. As soon as I saw that first shot in the barrell I saw this coming. And I think everyone did. If the writers really decided to kill him off that would be the best thing they did, or at least the most suprising thing. But I don't count on it, actually I think next season they are gonna write this like he planned it all (at least as one of the possible outcomes Caroll thought of). He faked his own dead. I so hope I'm not right but I doubt it.

Still I'm going to watch because first of all I like stories with serial killers (now that I mention it Hannibal is a pretty disturbing series I think) and second this show always suprises me with how stupid all the "players" are. From every minion, to the FBI, to Caroll. Even Hardy, especially this last episode. Although I like his decisions to "torture" followers to get information and also his will to kill without blinking ones. Even the last kill.
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I completely agree with you! I think that Carroll isn't dead and he will make a return in Season 2...maybe not in the first couple episodes but at some point. And I think Emma is going to try and be a leader somewhere in there.
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I think they should just move on, Carroll still being alive after they've identified his remains, oh wait, he planted a body in the boat house with his DNA and the coroner is a follower, of course, Emma is useless now and not necessary. If it survives another season I'd be surprised even though I really like Kevin Bacon.
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Stupidest scene was Ryan shooting the guy in the head, rather than putting him in the coffin and burying him alive. How could the writers not see that opportunity?
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I agree the only down side is everyone was on their way there and they would have unburied him. I love how that isn't mentioned though, Ryan doesn't get into any trouble for that at all and it is by far the most blatant act of him killing someone.
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Great review. This season was a real disappointment. I really hate thatnParker died. I sure I will not continue to watch the show. Not realistic enough for me. And too many deaths not enough saving or the good guys winning.
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that's something that makes a good show (in my opinion at least... no hating): the unexpected death of a character you like. Won't deny it has unrealistic things, but I forgive those because the show is so thrilling. I don't dwell on things to criticize but enjoy the entertainment
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I don't mind that the good guys aren't winning but the bad guys don't even deserve to be winning. The good guys and the bad guys are just boring and dumb, that's why I won't be watching next season, in my imagined ending Molly kills Ryan and Claire and gets away with it like always. Oh and Emma goes on a brief killing spree before she commits a little suicide by cop scenario, in which Weston will be the one to kill her and track down the rest of the ones that got away, because Weston is just a baby version of Ryan's character. The end.
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May I just say, another great review! One of the things I enjoy about watching The Following is knowing that when I laugh out loud at something there are other people laughing at the same thing and I can't wait to read what has been written on here! I will definitely watch Season 2, I just can't help myself....

Some classic moments in this episode for me were:

- "I've been stabbed with a knife and a fork" - hilarious!
- Parker's death, primarily because I thought it was the first chance she had to show some decent acting skills.
- That said, Ryan seriously needs CPR training. 2 breaths, 30 compressions Ryan, and you are supposed to keep going!!! Also, calling for some kind of emergency services might have improved Parker's chance of survival. Just saying.
- I agree, "I earned them. I own them. They are mine." was an excellent moment from James Purefoy - shame he didn't show more of that side in the season because he is more than capable as an actor.
- Ryan asking Weston if he is okay, and Weston saying "no". Direct & to the point.

I am not convinced Carroll is dead, and I agree with another comment - the confirmation of his death is an easy fake for these followers. I also thought the "death" was unsatisfying, which is why I hope it wasn't legit. Also, the soundtrack had Joe screaming but Purefoy wasn't. Continuity people!

Can't wait for Season 2 - see you back here ;-)
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It sounds like you liked the show, but the review criticizes it... It has some unreal things, but the guy who reviewed this had something personal against the show or something... I found The Following really good.
And I also enjoyed the things you list =)
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maybe this was answered earlier, but what happened to the fine female FBI agent from the first episode? She was in 1, maybe 2 episodes and seemed to be shaping up as a prominent character, and then just disappeared. She isn't even credited on IMDB from what I can find.
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she was said to be replaced by Parker the ep. Parker came in because Parker was a specialist on Cults and they didn't think the other agent could control Ryan.
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Brilliant review Nick. Seriously this is now one of my favourites. I watch shows like The Following that have potential but never quite realise it because the characters make such choices, and the plot is so ludicrous. And still on some level I kinda enjoy it even though I shouldn't and on another level I am disgusted with myself for secretly enjoying it. Then I come to TVCOM and I feel better cos a) I not the only one and b) reviews like this which point all the stuff that made me yell at my telly, allow me to enjoy the show in an ironic, bemused way. Cheers. :-)
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WTF... it was amazing and also unreal. Hoe many stabs can Joe bear. And the friky neighbour ??? Joe promised her she could kill Ryan at the end, but why not him if was his work ??? And is also clear that Emma will go on with the "legacy", wich is more annoying that Jacoc trying to define if he is straight or not hahhaa.
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The stupidest thing to happen on the show is Ryan's background, when he tells some girl he is in bed with that "His mum died, his father died, both his brothers died". And I supposed he also lost a goldfish, a cat and a rabbit at some point of his youth. For a dramatic moment, it sure was an hilarious one !
If James Purefoy knows what's good for him, Joe Carroll will be dead so Purefoy can get a role where his talents can be put to good use.
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Yeah watching that scene I alternated between wanting to hurl and laughing hysterically. It literally was overkill! :-)
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Anyone heard of GPS? when she was in the coffin and talking on a cell phone, no one thought of the GPS to locate her? What a waste of my time, watching this show. Finding better things to do next season, like poking my eyes out with a stick!
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Much like the other phones the cult followers used, it was likely "encrypted". Keep in mind the phone wasn't the agents own phone, but instead one that was planted on her, and the phone number was delivered via the adolescent in desperate need of $20 bucks for a meal at McDicks.
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Triangulating the position from the nearby cell towers works up to a few yards secure, but I guess they rather had the woman use up her oxygen, that fits the complete line of stupidity after stupidity better. Then again 6000 sq/miles forest and they had a cell tower close enough to give signal strong enough to connect to that phoen in a coffin uder dirt at all, I want THAT provider, eat you heart out AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint etc... Carrol Comm is THE choise to make!! GET REAL.
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Great finale! All of it done just right to keep you speculating and wanting to see where it goes from here. I guess Weston is not a follower as highly speculated by many ever since the pilot episode. It could also be that he is still a follower but they're saving that juicy little tidbit as a bombshell for season 2. I think Joe somehow survived but it wouldn't surprise me if they spent the first 14 episodes of season 2 using Joe only in flashbacks and hallucinations, then in episode 15 (2nd season finale) we learn that Joe is alive which would then kick off another element for season 3.
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oh god please don't let there be a season 3...
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I don't think Weston is a follower by any means. I just can't believe how they portrayed the FBI in this show. instead of Federal Bureau of Investigation they should be called Fubared Bureau of Incompetence. How many times did they go check out a lead with no back up, or alone for that matter only to get jumped, stabbed or shot? Ludicris, I hope the writers learned something from this season and make some serious changes because otherwise season 2 is going to be horrible.
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I've never been engaged in a show where a major character gets the big death send off and I could'nt care in the least. Could Agent Parker's death scene have been a MORE eighties cop show hyper-melodramatic death scene?

Joe Carroll isn't dead, Claire is and to be quite honest - she ran her course about episode 2. It was hard to notice girl in restaurant was Emma because she had a disguise that didn't make her look like a teenage boy. The wig is what threw you.

I'm hoping it turns into total B movie shlock next season. I may come back just for Kevin Bacon's ridiculous facial expressions.
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First i don't think Joe is dead. It would be to easy. Glad that Claire got stabbed...from the moment she had stabbed Joe, i was hoping he would just slice her open, but it had to be like this...the very end...which to be honest,i didn't expect...

Curious if there will be another season....??? loved this one...!!
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OMG! you seriously didn't expect that ending? I saw it coming a mile away, I'm just wondering where the heck the agents at the door were? OH wait, they must have checked out a noise in some dark hallway alone and got killed by the mousy nurse. Give me a break
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Seriously.....i was watching...and she was going to fresh up and i was like..this can't be the end...and while i was thinking it and staring more at the screen then watching, suddenly she showed up and stabbed him...maybe because i was so in thoughts, i did't expect it....i had a feeling something would happen...but not this....:)
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http://www.tv.com/news/fox-renews-four-the-following-new-girl-the-mindy-project-and-raising-hope-136242732350/

The Following was renewed nearly two month ago.
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Hi...thanks for informing me...i didn't check...:)
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Maybe the writers and Caroll have a lot in common. They started with a good idea and in the beginning everything worked out - good cast for the show and the first two episodes were not bad; Caroll got his followers, escaped prison, got his son and even his wife. But than something happened. They did not really know what to do. How to end the story. So there was a lot of bad storytelling fot the writers and Caroll lost his son, his ex-wife stabbed him and his final plan, whatever it was did not really work out...
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maybe next season they should add a smoke monster and a disappearing island where people don't age, with a secret code and a pool full of light. Oh and maybe a polar bear.
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Do you think Carroll's book will be made into a TV series?
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The 'best' would have to be the last scene when Hardy got stabbed and Claire ran out towards him. Claire's first reaction: OMG!! Hardy is stabbed and bleeding.. I'm going to run towards him to see how he is doing because I can clearly help him!

Normal logical person's first reaction: OMG!! Hardy is stabbed and bleeding. Hmm, I wonder how he got stabbed.. must be from a 'follower' and in this very room right now. I better be careful and arm myself before that killer comes out and stabs me.

Claire is such an idiot. I was clapping and cheered when she got stabbed in the spinal cord. I was sooo happy, I hope they get rid of this stupid useless character.
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Claire's Playbook: escape kidnapping from serial killer ex, run out of front door to freedom, stop to admire light house.
Joe said "cocksure swagger" Ha!
Hardy telling Joe he doesn't know books... OH NO HE DIDN'T *finger snap*
I hope Claire is the real master mind killer cult leader and she's just acting dumb and horrible, or Hardy, or both!
Pretty sure Molly is a ghost. How she get in that apartment if not?
On the plus side, I did get to see a commercial for The Great Gatsby so there's that.
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I have a feeling that the coroner that confirmed Joe was dead is actually a follower and just made it seem that he's dead.
As for Parker's death - I guess it just means that Kara Stanton didn't die in Person Of Interest after all...
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What about the long convo Ryan and agent parker were having as he drove to the place where she was kept in the coffin? Maybe talking isn't the best idea for when you're trying to save air. But what do I know, I've never been trapped in a coffin before, so. . .
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Who writes this stuff? I'm so sorry I kept watching. I kept thinking 'something's gotta make sense here'. There were so many inconsistencies. Not tracking the truck - um, throw the cell phone in the truck, and track your phone. Not providing better protection in EVERY case. Really? How many times throughout the show where they fooled by some woman in distress that just wound up killing someone? Never taking the shot. Such BAD FBI/Police work it was comical. And the ending? Really? So unimaginative. By far one of the WORSE TV shows I've ever had the misfortune of watching. I won't make the mistake twice IF they bring it back for a second season. Considering all the bad chatter I'm seeing, I hope they don't. Shame on the writers.
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The ending somewhat makes sense. Poe’s last unofficial work was called the lighthouse. He died before he could finish it though. Maybe this is where they were trying to go by linking it to Poe this way??
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I wanted to see either Jacob or Roderick take over once Joe died but they both die pretty uneventfully
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Stupidest thing? Claire.

I'm glad they gave me an easy out on this show. That ending was about as terrible as everything else this season. I admit I hate-watched it by episode 7 or 8, hoping they were just finding some footing in the beginning. I can take some stupidity and suspension of disbelief, but I think I hit the wall here. Oh well, it was fun ripping on it, but I doubt I'm coming back to it unless they get someone really good on the show next season I can't possibly miss.
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Molly at the end was far too predictable. I seriously doubt if the events of The Following were real that Hardy and Claire would have been allowed to just go back to his place versus being placed in protective custody.
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I agree. and how is Hardy not in jail? he straight up murdered that dude. Really? All through the show everyone was by the book! So much so they let the bad guys win every time. But Hardy kills a guy who is hand cuffed, shoots him in the head, and he's home with his girl? Such BS!
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man, I should give up engineering and become a show writer!! Apparently anyone can do it!
What was that ending about? They build up the story (not that good a story, let's face it) and then they just throw it out the window... hey, I'm tired, let's just take a shortcut and explode Caroll to pieces? WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
I mean, Caroll had prepared everything to the gran finale, the Last Chapter, the whole series was built up to that very moment... which never happened! What had he planned to do with Hardy? What about the lighthouse? What about the so called Ryan's rebirth? I truly expected something more dramatic, something smarter... even Parker's death... it was so meaningless!! I loved her, though.
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I am just wondering if Carroll
is going to pull out a resurrection act
like Murdoc in Macgyver
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Ryan didn't want Weston to come with him because he was worried that if something bad happened to Weston then it would be his fault (death curse~lol). Stupid, yes, but the writers really want to hammer home that guilt trip/death curse. Weston has every right to be angry--treated like a child.
I guess someone could say Ryan wanted to be the hero and wanted Weston to be a secondary character but I think the writers did a good job with a dumb idea (sold the death curse belief that Ryan has).

If Claire is dead then I hope we don't see mopey Ryan. I like the "Bauer style" Ryan (finally...they've been hinting at it all season) but Bauer is way more bad ass;-)
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I'm not going to win a lot of fans for this one but by the end I actually was really enjoying the show! I mean it obviously has its faults, and they are many, but it was the only show I wanted to really watch last night, I don't know if it's because the acting was solid (from Kevin Bacon mostly) or the overall story was quite compelling but I actually really rate it! I think Kevin Williamson is really good in terms of creating tense situations and he really did it well here... Although that being said the "cliffhanger" was a bit of a non-event but I think I will keep watching season 2...
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Perhaps you haven't watched many shows. Check out Bates Motel which has better Actors, Writers, and Story.
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Oh I watch plenty of shows, including Bates Motel, just because this isn't the best of the best doesn't diminish my enjoyment of it.
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Okay, now I don't feel foolish. I didn't know that was Emma in Mobile until I just read it here. I just thought they were showing reactions of his followers all over. Oops.
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Oh boy... where do I even start on this one...
What on earth was the entire Jacob storyline about? First we find out he is part of the cult, then he is in a (sort of one sided) gay relationship then he never killed before, then he is betrayed, finally he kills then he becomes all psycho, then he goes back to Emma and... she just kills him. But why?!? She tells him she can't have both him and Joe but she doesn't get Joe so what was the point?

SERIOUSLY?!? Why waste my so much time on this guy who is absolutely useless to the story?

That's the dumbest thing this show had: Never do a show about a "big picture" when you have none. Joe had no idea what he was doing. First they kidnap his kid, they try to teach him to be a psycho killer, then he breaks out, he reaches his cult with his wife and son.

Then everything goes nuts and... umm... boom? I'm sorry, that does not a story make
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I would have been more impressed with Jacob and the writers if he had taken Emma out when he had his hand around her throat, since she really is useless,, but instead they make him the wimp he always was until the end and that whole scene with him and Emma was just stupid. He tells her he doens't want to die or her to die and then she kills him, just stupid, evidently is contract wasn't renewed.
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Well the only logical thing I can think of to back them up is that the reason why Emma kills Jacob is because maybe uhm... idk THEY'RE ALL FUCKING PSYCHO. Emma is a crazy ass bitch man, da fuq you be thinking.
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Ryan executed a handcuffed prisoner and no one even brought it up again. He should be in prison, not waiting for takeout to be delivered to his apartment.
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I haven't seen this cr... show for a while but I'm glad to see Ryan's manners haven't changed ! I don't know if he is a good profiler / FBI non agent but he makes a fine killer !
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he was just saving the taxpayers money
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This was one of the worst series I have ever seen. It was one dumb episode after another. I cannot believe that this show got picked up for a second season. The writers were awful. I think an 8th grader could come up with better ideas. Thank goodness it is over, I fought my way through the 15 episodes just to see it through. Good riddance followers
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I let you guys watch this for me and read about it on here. The first episode was so bad that I couldn't see them making anything decent of it, and apparently I was right. So let it die...
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I have to give them props for killing Joe off. I was dreading this because I thought it was going to pull a "The Killing," but they actually resolved something and killed the villain. Then again, now there's no main antagonist or plot beyond eliminating all of the cult members. I thought that girl in Mobile may have been a sneak peek at the new villain, but apparently it's Emma. Whatever.
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I'd say it's probably too early to write off Carroll as dead, especially given the ridiculous nature of the characters within this show's universe. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Carroll had one of his followers become a medical examiner just to make it look like he died.
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Anyone remember the first season of Buffy? The Master was the Big Bad with a cult of devoted followers, he died, they gave a red herring as to who the next Big Bad would be (the Annointed One) and they brought in the REAL Big Bads (for the first half of the season, anyway), Spike and Druscilla, who killed off the red herring and easily took control of the Master's remaining followers by being the exact opposite of the Master. Hopefully season 2 will bring in a character like Spike who is just as charismatic and not as mustache twirly as Carrol.
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The ending was disappointing. After everything that has happened, , the final chapter didn't feel like a season finale. Quite silly. Can't stand Emma. I don't think it will be back for season 2 .
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already been renewed awhile back.
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As someone that has never watched this show, but heard about it from several people, and the interweb. I understand nothing. But am confused and glad I skipped it. I have tv anger issues.
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The last show of the following did not hold my interest as many of their earlier ones did, unsure why but the ending was quite shocking.
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I don't think the show will die without Joe, and he's coming back no matter how unlikely he got out alive. He is the best character on the show since the pilot which is still the best episode in the series.

Sooner or later the chases between Ryan and Joe would get boring that finale was crap then again what did you expect from the writers? This show has a shit load of problems, mainly the FBI being idiots it reminds me of the characters and the writing on the walking dead which was a train wreck since season 2.

It's funny how the writers were making Joe, and his book look like they were going for an epic surprising ending instead it became fucking predictable.

I expected a lot more fuss from people regarding this epic fail of a finale, then again, most of them are just dead brain in the head and excuse all the problems on this show because of Kevin Bacon.

This couldn't be Joe endgame for this season, he's smarter than that but of course somewhere in the middle his character took a nosedive one minute he's smart then the next minute he turned to a dumb ass.

My rating for the final chapter is 2 out of 10 sorry Joe your book turned into crap then even more crap the audience at least the ones that are not blind are very disappointed even that's an understatement.
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ok, so Joe has been stabbed with knife and fork, kicked in the place he was stabbed, taking a bunch of pills with booze and then burned and blown up only to return in the next season? the writers can't be that stupid or maybe they can given the way this show went. I find it interesting that others died of their stab wounds but hey, Joe, it's not a problem at all he just puts a bandage on it and has a few glasses of scotch and is right a rain. only to be stabbed again with a fork, evidently dirty utensils and infection don't go together on this show. but hey, crazy nurse is the killer in the end and no one saw that coming REALLY?
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"The Following Season 1 Finale Review: The Final Chapter, Eh?" - i cant tell if the title is a question or an article by a Canadian writer.
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