‘The Following’ Season 1, Episode 6 – The Next Chapter

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In this week’s episode of The Following - “The Fall” – Hardy comes face to face with Emma, Paul and Jacob, while the next chapter in Joe Carroll’s twisted tale is revealed.

After coming within feet of Claire’s son, Joey, Hardy’s rescue goes south and he becomes a hostage of Carroll’s three main followers, while the police surround the house and attempt to find a way in. But when Jacob’s house guest, Megan, is used to a negotiating tactic, Emma escapes with Joey, leaving Jacob and Paul to take on Hardy alone. Meanwhile, Claire has a “helpful” follower of her own.

After six episodes, The Following has still proven itself to be the midseason darling many fans had hoped it would it be by throwing Bacon into an episode where his character, Hardy, is able to share scenes with his main antagonists, allowing for some of the most suspenseful and most playful scenes of the series so far. And although the seriousness of the hostage situation Hardy finds himself remains throughout, the constant remarks poking fun at the odd love triangle of Joey’s captors were great comedic relief to the show’s dark tone.

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Keeping with the “everyone could be a follower” theme, “The Fall” showed, yet again, that anyone could a follower – an element that still provides for some twists and surprises; of course, this is something could easily become stale as the series ages. But like any good series, The Following has decided to throw another twist in to the series logic with the introduction of one of Claire’s followers.

Although not much is really known about what it means to be one of Claire’s followers at this time, the fact that the foundation of the series and its characters appears to have been developed with their own support characters (helpers) to help them progress through Carroll’s plans means that the series’ core characters always make it the next chapter, no matter how ill-prepared. That is, until it’s time for their story to end. Generally, it gives viewers a (somewhat) good feeling in knowing that there are (somewhat) helpful – though admittedly creepy – followers out there.

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At this point, six episodes in, The Following has truly taken on a life of its own. Instead of having its audience always questioning and wondering about what mystery could lay ahead, the series has cemented itself as one that’s always revealing, always evolving, always changing. Although the series itself is essentially a mystery, Carroll’s plans have been executed so successfully that the audience, like Hardy, has no option but to accept the story that’s being told.

As The Following continues to air its eleven remaining episodes, the repercussions of followers betraying followers should reveal the true strength of Carroll’s plan and the people he chose. And if quality the first six episodes is an example of what fans expect to see throughout the entire first season on the air, there’s no doubt that an exceptional season 1 finale will soon be approaching.


The Following returns next Monday with “Let Me Go” @9pm on Fox. You can check out a preview of next week’s episode below:

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  1. Watching this show on the website…not great but good enough to be watchable.

  2. They’re, not ‘their’, black…and please excuse other grammar mistakes.

    • ???

  3. Great start for this show howerver, this “anyone could be a follower” thing is just too much to take after this weeks episode.

    If to keep the series going you can “turn” anyone into a “follower” anytime, it becomes just boring and predictable.

    Let’s hope it dosen’t go that way.

  4. Maybe I was half asleep but how did Claire escape at the end of the episode? I though she ran out with her follower? Also how did the FBI even find that location?

    • I thought the same thing. All of a sudden she was with the FBI!

      • They traced the email sent to the follower by the kidnappers at the farm place.

    • She didn’t run out, she stayed in place and he dropped some sort of grenade thing and ran (I think it was supposed to be a flashbang, but it was more like a thud-smoke ;))

      They got the location from the FBI sidekick guy, they managed to get the email “decrypted” or somesuch, and caught where it was going to (a warehouse in some city, and the FBI lady said to contact the office and get a team sent there).

  5. Best scene: “Celine Dion? Oh, good God!” :D

    • I was literally ROTFLing at that line – best of the episode! :D

  6. just recently caught up on this show its actually not bad

  7. I’m loving the show so far. The opening taunt was hilarious

  8. Up until this week I was close to quitting this show because sadly I havent been enjoying it as much as other people but then true awesomeness happened…
    A flashback within a flashback.
    How great was that???

    • That did happen. I thought I imagined it.

  9. Somehow, my comment disappeared.

    Mr. Ocasio, why do you like this show so much? It isn’t good.

    In this episode:

    The three “main” hostages are idiots, conveniently lamenting about their relationship woes in front of Hardy. How ridiculous. Hardy didn’t decifer anything. And even when all that info was handed to Hardy, Hardy took so long to make a move we all expected him to do.

    Also, Hardy threatened one of his male capturers that he’d break his spine if he got within a couple of feet of him. Why’d Hardy then let the little girl get so close to tase him?

    Comedic relief? Really? How was any of that even the little bit humorous?

    Anyone could be a follower? Are you referring to the blonde hair female cop? The one who’d written “follower” on her forehead in the last episode? Come on, that shouldn’t have been a surprise. I would have been surprised, if she wasn’t a follower. And quite frankly that would have made for a better story.

    Why’d the terrified lawyer say exactly what Carroll wanted her to say? How would he have known if she’d said something else? Does Carroll have someone checking on her?

    Clair’s follower? Really? Does that even make any sense?

    I’ve been watching this show because you all promoted it on Screenrant and constantly tout its excellence in your reviews. To me, it far from being even a decent show.

    Also, I’ve gotta ask, why’d the show runners maim the lawyer? Is it because she’s black? Is that also why that FBI agent working with Hardy was killed? Or why Clair was so easier able to get away from the agent keeping an eye on her? Because they’re black?

  10. Loving this show, it’s keeping me happy (alongside Spartacus, roll on episode 4 of that) during the lacklustre Arrow episodes recently.

    I have a feeling there will only ever be one season of The Following based purely on the nature of the show and honestly, I’d prefer that to be the case rather than dragging it out for more seasons.