‘The Following’ Season Finale Recap

by on April 29, 2013

in Entertainment, tv reviews

THE FOLLOWING: Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) gets closer to Joe Carroll in the The Final Chapter; season finale episode of THE FOLLOWING

The season finale of The Following was on par with the pace of the season leading up to tonight’s episode.

The Following has been one great story to follow this season.  There were so many twists and surprises in this show, and how they managed to keep the viewers off balance with these twists were genuine pleasures to experience.

And the season finale served to cap off the story that developed throughout.

Finally, this story will come to a close, as we wonder if Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) will triumph over Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).  Will Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea) live through it all?

And will they find Debra Parker (Annie Parisse) in time, where she was buried alive?

These were the questions left with us, leading into this first season finale of The Following.  Or as Joe put it, does good triumph over evil?

The Following SPOILERS ENSUE

THE FOLLOWING: Weston (Shawn Ashmroe, L) and Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, R) get closer to capturing Joe in the The Final Chapter season finale episode

Mike (Shawn Ashmore) and Ryan catch the man who buried Parker, but with the games that Joe’s followers play, they didn’t make it in time.

But Joe left a clue on where Ryan could find him and Claire, and Ryan followed up.

Joe and Clair are holed up at a lighthouse, and when Ryan arrives, he runs into that insidious little b*h!, Emma (Valorie Curry). After playing their bit part in Joe’s plan, they disappear into the woodwork of the story.

Great, someone to look out for next season.

As the story winds down, Ryan gets under Joe’s skin (further in his head) and they duke it out in a boathouse, which ends up exploding with Joe in it.  Later, supposed DNA and dental records proves that’s what’s left from the explosion, was Joe Carrol.

Unless of course, followers altered the records, like they did with other aspects of the situation Ryan was pursuing.

And with every moment in this show, I kept wondering what twist will take place in this final episode.  But the news reports went out and other fans and followers of Joe see this news.

There are too many people, followers out there, that I’m concerned about…  so there’s plenty of material for next season.

SERIOUS SPOILER For the Cliffhanger ending scene

THE FOLLOWING: Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) plans change in theThe Final Chapter season finale

Ryan and Claire are finally winding down at his place, when Molly (remember Ryan’s ex, who turned out to be a follower?) breaks in, stabbing Ryan, and then stabbing Claire in the back.

End episode.

Purefoy delivered a most wonderful, evil, intelligent scheming bad guy who made Ryan the “hero” of this twisted story he was writing throughout the season.  Bacon, a wonderfully tormented, imperfect ex-FBI agent, kept you believing in that.  And Ashmore has come a long way since the days of Smallville, where I first took notice of him.

This show kept me on my toes all season.  When I could not imagine how Joe was going to orchestrate everything from jail, he breaks out.  And when I wasn’t sure exactly how they might continue the show after they capture Joe, the final episode spells it out how that will happen.

And the suspense will just keep coming.

The Following, if you missed it, is something I’d recommend.  It’s a refreshing take for a Monday night police procedural.  Great writing, fantastic acting and the twists that just sneak in there under the radar.

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