‘The Following’ Season 1, Episode 8 Review – Roderick Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 12th, 2013 at 9:27 pm,

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In this week’s episode of The Following, “Welcome Home”, Carroll attempts to reunite with his former wife Claire, while Weston proves his trustworthiness during a deadly interrogation about her whereabouts. Is Carroll’s plan finally revealing its holes?

Carroll, now out of prison, continues to search for his ex-wife Claire, forcing his followers to kidnap and interrogate the one man who knows where she is – Mike Weston. But when Weston’s convictions prove to stronger than anyone could have imagined, it’s up to Hardy to track down the whereabouts of his captured co-worker before he is forced to give up his life to keep Claire’s location a secret. Meanwhile, Carroll must deal with the positives and negatives of being beloved.

With Carroll no longer in prison, it was now time to see what television’s newest serial killer could do with a more hands-on approach to the manipulation of his followers. Like always, The Following delivered and then some, throwing Carroll’s would-be cult up against the convictions of one of FBI’s finest agents and Hardy, who was ready and willing to eliminate any and all threats.

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Chapter 2 may very well have just begun, but it appears nobody – including Carroll, himself – could have known that first his true face-to-face meeting with his many followers would be his first mistake. As Roderick is revealed, and the search for Claire continues, the need for Carroll’s constant approval drives his followers further down a dangerous, unplanned path, where the need to provide for their leader overshadows their will to live.

For all intents and purposes, this week’s episode of The Following largely sets Hardy aside, instead allowing Carroll and Weston to help drive much of the suspense. Shawn Ashmore’s Weston character has, up until now, felt quite similar to the one-note characters you would likely see his twin brother, Aaron, take on. However, when pitted against the illusive Roderick, Weston grew exponentially as a character with each hit he took, securing himself as an equal to Hardy in the eyes of the audience, even before revealing the heroic tag the writers brilliantly included at the end, which helped accentuate his actions even further.

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For Carroll, his role in this episode was, like always, subtle in nature. Now outside of the confines of his prison cell, he’s forced to deal with the expectations of his many followers face-to-face and witness their true dedication – some which even surprised the master murderer. And as Carroll sat on his proverbial throne of power, with any of his “wants” ready to be filled by his murderous conclave, his love for his wife (somewhat) remained, suggesting that there are more to his plans than destroying Hardy. But as this episode shows, it’s going to take a lot to bring Hardy to his knees.

With the draw of his gun, Hardy kills five of Carroll’s followers who were interrogating Weston, essentially evening the score with his nemeses. Although the nameless, relatively faceless characters that Hardy killed were all-but-new to the series, the fact that the writers decided to give Hardy such a big win means that Fox’s freshman series is beginning to escalate its storylines to lead into the season 1 finale next month.

As The Following begins to make its way towards the finale, Carroll’s search for Claire will likely ramp up, forcing Hardy to pull out all the stops to protect his one-time lover from the man she married. But with Carroll’s Chapter 2 plans just now beginning, don’t be surprised if television’s newest serial killer ends this season on a high note – for him, anyways.


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  1. Spoiler in the title? IMHO I don’t think that’s a great idea.

    • Yeah. This show needs more suspension of belief than a show about the flesh-eating undead. It’s 24 all over again.

      • This show is a advertising vehicle…

        The only point of it is to keep people around for commercials, just like 24.

  2. im liking shawn ashmore character more and more his def my fav

  3. It’s actually only episode 8….

  4. I like this show but it does seem like its getting more and more corny. If Kevin Bacons character says “no kill me!” One more time….

    • The corniest moment was the when the overly dramatic and sad music played in the scene with the guy offering his life to Carrol. That felt so cheesy and corny that I had to laugh. I don’t think that was the intention of that scene.

      • honestly if you watch Carrol’s reaction along with the guys reaction it looks totally sexually in a broke back mountian kind of way

  5. This show only proves how stupid the writers think the FBI and police are and how numb the audience is to poor story telling.

  6. Loving this show but still have no idea how they can have 9 more episodes and then a second season.

  7. The following is to “good” drama, as 3 and a half men is to “good comedy.

    Most people are dumb in this country, so it makes perfect sense that a show so horribly written would be popular.

    • “3 and a half men is to good comedy”…”Most people are dumb in this country”…

      Its “2 and a half men” so your point is totally valid!

      I watch the show and I think to myself ‘Who isn’t in Carroll’s cult? Everyone apart from one or two people in the FBI (Incl. KB’s character) seem to be a follower of Carroll!’ Laughable really!

  8. So normally if I don’t like a show or movie I try to abstain from commenting or ranting to hard on it here at Screen Rant out of respect for other peoples opinions and also the old adage that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t sat anything at all.
    But come on??? Seriously, I’m baffled by the good reviews here. I understand those who’ll say that if you don’t like it why do you watch? I’ve continued to watch because I’ve been a fan of Williamson since Scream, I love horror movies & shows and I appreciate serialized stories more than the normal episodic series that we normally see on network TV.
    So this show seemed tailor-made for me…
    But after week after week of lazy plot twists, bad writing and the worst law enforcement agencies other than Miami-Metro on Dexter it’s time to call BS.
    If this were a movie it would get blasted with terrible reviews but it feels like that just because it’s different than anything else on basic-cable it’s getting a free pass.
    I sincerely mean no-offense to those who like the show or the reviewers. I won’t comment every week just to bash the show for the sake of doing so because I respect my fellow Ranters and the site to much.
    Maybe after the season ends I’ll feel different and my opinions will be different and I’ll eat a big-ole’ plate of crow but some serious changes will need to be made for that to happen so I hope those who enjoy the show continue to do so. Happy watching my friends…