‘The Following’ Season 2 Details Revealed – What Happens Next?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 15th, 2013 at 1:29 pm,

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[WARNING: The Following Season 1 Spoilers Below]


In The Following season 1 finale, viewers were more than surprised to see the show’s proverbial puppet master, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), go up in a flames after a suspenseful stand-off with Ryan Hardy. Then, as the episode came to a close, Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Claire (Natalie Zea) were stabbed by Hardy’s former lover (and Joe’s follower), Molly. So what’s going to happen in The Following season 2?

Luckily, there’s no need to wait until next year to find out what’s in store for Fox’s midseason darling, as executive producer Marcos Siega spoke with EW and TV Line about what fans can expect to see in the series’ next chapter – revealing that Carroll may not be dead, while Claire may very well be. Additionally, there’s info on a (possible) new villain, the whereabouts of Emma, as well as a hint about where the new followers are located.

In order to make your reading swift yet informative, we’ve divided Siega’s responses up by character. (Check out each website to read their complete interviews.)

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Joe Carroll

That’s the brilliance of Kevin Williamson. He has these ideas and sometimes when he pitches them to me, I pause and think, “How is that going to work?” We talk about it and I’m left going, ‘That’s great.’

…you will have an answer when you come back [for season 2].



[Debra] Parker’s death services Ryan’s Hardy’s character, and it’s part of the building blocks of who he is and who he’s going to become in Season 2.



We want the audience to go on this fun ride. We understand the pitfalls of having to wait. We certainly don’t want to piss anybody off. But we look at this as when we watch television shows what is it that we enjoy? We enjoy the screaming at the TV, the guessing.

…there’s another three minutes of scenes. Throughout the [finale], there were things we shot so that we could go back if we needed to in season 2 maybe in flashback and answer questions.

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What I can say is from the conversations that Kevin and I have had about where some of these characters are going to go and what potential new characters are going to come in, I’m really excited because it’s new but it does also feel like the series continues. But it’s definitely different.


A New Nemesis?

I have full confidence in Kevin Williamson’s ability, if he chose, to write a character that is as compelling as Joe Carroll… We got people to root for Joe, right? We got you to fall in love with Joe Carroll the serial killer. So, I do think we could do it again if we needed to… But I don’t think it’s that black-and-white for us.


“New” Followers

If you really look at the season and look at the timeline, since the pilot, it’s only been 3 and a half months. Geographically in terms of the United States, we’ve been in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland coasts. But clearly we’ve set this up that we don’t know how far this reaches, how many people it’s touched. There’s people on the West Coast. There’s people in the middle of the country. Joe has acolytes everywhere.

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[Kevin Williamson said,] ‘I’m trying. I’ve learned the FBI needs to be smarter.’ He really does think about these things. But we are a serialized show and if the FBI solves everything at the end of every episode there’s no The Following.


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  1. Season 2 finale was crazy but they need to make fbi and cops seem less stupid. also pretty sure Joe is is still alive. Still hated that they killed off Jacob tho that was a pretty waste of a character he was one of my favs. Cant wait for season 2

  2. I dunno…the whole buried in a coffin thing was tired. The “is Claire/Joey safe” thing was getting drawn out and please stop having the villain doing the “wayyy too long explanation” scene. I wanted to love this series since Im an online viewer only, but they have lost my curiosity and now you have lost my attention.

    • I agree. The series felt too over-the-top. There were scenes throughout the series where you just have to walk away with it’s lack of details.

    • Good Django reference.

  3. I don’t think I’ll be watching the second season. It felt like a great concept, but after the 5th episode I got bored. There’s nothing new or exciting that this show brings. It’s slow and in some parts predictable.

    • I agree. This season had some okay episodes but for the most part all of the episodes have been predictable and just unrealistic not to mention the lack of details on this show makes TWD attention to details top notch. In the finale 5 minutes in we already knew Debra was going to die, Joe was going to “die” and then the end would show Molly going after Ryan and Claire.

  4. Personally if they kill of Claire and don’t bring her back I don’t see how Hardy’s character will be the same anymore. If this indeed happens, then they might’ve lost a avid viewer.

    • I totally agree with you! Claire is what inspires Ryan to keep on his good job! If Claire dies I think Kevin Bacon’s character will no longer be interesting.
      Andrea from Brazil.

  5. Actually, I’m done with it after the season finale.
    Debra dead, why? She was a good and strong researcher, what a waste. What a nasty end.
    Jacob death, also a waste. He was the thin line of sanity in the insane world of Joe. He was questionable all season in his actions. It could have resulted in the 2nd Season, in exciting moments ..

    Molly, so predictable last 3 minutes of the episode. You just knew she would do something because it was already announced It was just waiting, as of , come on and do your thing, try to murder someone.

    No, the beginning of the season was fun, different, exciting, but it has become a boring anticlimax, unfortunately.
    Nice try,

    I’m going to prepare myself for the last Dexter season and the new Homeland after the summer. These are shows where at least the good main characters sometimes get damaged but stay alive. That’s good, because if the characters are exciting they make a show interesting. If the good and strong characters die, the show goes into the same direction.

    • Agreed. For me between this show and Bates Motel I have been choosing Bates Motel over this show to watch Mondays. Bates Motel just has more to offer and with each character providing a different story it makes the show just that much more interesting to me than The Following IMO.

  6. I’m excited for season 2 to be honest.

  7. Loved the show and can’t wait for season 2.

    I think some of the people commenting don’t have experience with strong characters being killed off as a plot twist like in other great TV shows, movies, books and other mediums.

    I didn’t think Jacob was all that special, his only purpose was to make the other guy snap after his death and become what Emma and Jacob bullied him into becoming. That could make him pretty dangerous come season 2.

    Emma seems like she’s the kind of cold-hearted b**** that likes to talk and act tough but she’ll realise she’s in way over her head and actually show some real emotion and horror at what’s happening.

    Claire has to die and that will make Hardy as dangerous as ever with nothing left to lose and wanting revenge no matter what the cost to his own life.

  8. Yeah, I’m out.
    I gave the finale a shot to see how things would wrap up but IMO it was just more of the same, predictable and borderline ridiculous.
    I wanted to love this show, I did, and I tried but it just wasn’t for me.
    Happy watching to those who enjoyed it and I hope you enjoy season 2.

    • I always find comments like this about all shows so funny, people always use “predictable” and “ridiculous” hundreds of times, of course we all knew that Molly’s part would come at the very end, but we didn’t know how it would be executed, or where exactly the show would end, and as Williamson said himself, even when predictable things happen, you’re so invested in the characters on shows like this, that doesn’t matter.

      As far as “ridiculous” is concerned, this show definitely was far from ridiculous, they did a really good job at keeping the cops seem realistic and relatively intelligent, seeing as most of the lengths Joe Carroll went to to fool them were so beyond what most of us would deem necessary or standard that there was no way they’d see most if not all the things he did.

      I just really dread how people expect shows to follow this extremely scientific and “logical” sense like, this COULDN’T of happened because of A, B , C, and while I’m the first to yell at the screen “PLOT HOLE” when it actually is merited, most of the time however, it’s simply because viewers expect far too a precise and almost a scientific equation to play out, which i always find laughable seeing as life itself doesn’t follow strict guidelines like this so why would a form of entertainment do so? The fact that it even comes close to reality is what’s enjoyable.

      • What’s also funny is that the same people who complain about shows as well written as this being “ridiculous” etc then start to complain that there aren’t any decent TV shows on.

        • @ Dazz
          You’ll read a comment like that from me. I’ve said numerous times here that we are in the middle of one of the best era’s in tv history. I love that from Sunday to Saturday there’s countless great shows on.
          It’s just that I didn’t like The Following. I have no problem just going with the flow and enjoying the journey, it’s just that I felt that with this show I couldn’t because there were to many instances that I thought were poorly handled.
          Now that’s just me and my opinion. I’m happy for those who like the show and enjoy it. It just wasn’t for me.

          • Sorry, I meant to say “You’ll NEVER read a comment like that from me.”

          • I agree. When you pretty much can tell what is going to happen 5 minutes into the finale it’s not a good thing unless you can pull of something memorable in the finale that has people talking about it being epic, i.e. Spartacus. I think The Following is a good show but it is epic or the best out there as some people have been saying? Not all at. Bates Motel, Hannibal, Breaking Bad are far superior and offer a detailed storyline with better cinematography. I gave the show one season to see where it goes but I think that’s about all it’s going to get with shows like SHIELD coming up, Bates Motel getting stronger, Hannibal, and so on.

  9. I enjoyed the show for the most part, I really wish they would have left more of a twist at the end: instead of Emma crying after she saw Joe “died” it would have been better if she smiled, cause at least then we wouldnt know if she was smiling because he is dead and the plan worked, or he is alive and the plan worked. Or have Molly make a call and say something, “it worked” or “lets start the next book”. Something that would have made me really want to see Season 2. (like having an Irishman steal a baby – SOA)
    Im sure Ill watch 2 but I’m not dying to see it.

  10. Fantastic show…can’t wait for season 2.
    Well done!

  11. Been following The Following on the website. I am not really quite getting into this show, but it is watchable, so I will follow it all the way to the end.

  12. Loved it myself. It was just dark and entertaining. Not brilliant, but entertaining. This and Bates Motel have given me a two-hour block of enjoyment every Monday.

  13. the finale was ruined a by killing off debra…im shouting at the tv Ryan give her more breaths…cpr should be until help arrives not 2 cycles!!!! very annoyed at that…and they got to her a couple of mins of her hanging up phone…she wouls have been unconscious maybe not dead!!! come on think these things through….overall friggin loved it…love kevin…hes totes amazeballs :)

  14. They should have a real plot twist and make Claire come back and be part of Joe’s cult all along. Perhaps orchestrating a few things herself and back stories to cover the plot holes.

  15. Got to be the best series thats been on tv for a very long time. loved Joe but was soo scared of him at the same time. Never predictable at all. Emma is great, but think shes going to become more evil next time! Can’t wait for the next series. So excited!!

  16. They killed Parker. :| She was my favorite character. I was so angry when they killed her.

  17. I really loved that show and its great plots it keep me wondering and hoping for another season wont be the same without joe but well see

  18. I loved that show big fan of kevin bacon

  19. I couldn’t believe how many times the FBI had the bad guys surrounded or in custody only to have the bad guys slip away.

  20. They had them quite a few times i hope this new villian is more evil then joe even though bates motel gave the show a run for the money i liked them both

  21. I LOVE THIS SHOW !!!!!! 2014 is a LONG WAIT !!!!!! I did fall a bit for Joe Carol…..

    • Must have been his accent and sort of good looking. But what a sick mind! :)

  22. God I hope Joe is dead. If there’s one thing I hate it’s when writers pull this junk. I understand the cliffhanger with Ryan and Claire. That’s good. But when it’s said “Dental records match” “early dna” blah blah blah then the person should be left for dead.

  23. Yes, it became a little stale & repetitive after time. Yet, still held my interest enough.
    That being said…who gives up trying to resuscitate someone after only 2 tries? And who in their right minds answers a door without looking who it is, and without a weapon in hand after all they’ve been through. Any sane person would be way too cautious for quite sometime, especially knowing some of his followers are still at large. Those were my biggest problems with the last few episodes.
    I will say if hey kill off the character, Mike Weston, I will cease to watch all together.

    • When he was almost killed, that was my thought. If he had died that episode I would have stopped watching for sure.

  24. Can’t imagine anyone falling in love with Joe. And I certainly hope Emma gets hers!

  25. It could end now and be an awesome one-season serial ! Try to evolve it and stretch it to its limits and you ll have a multi-season disaster ! Examples ….. MD HOUSE brilliant till the end , Prisonbreak 1,2 seasons great rest of them close to interesting , Flashforward 1 season awesome !!!!! needed to continue , nevertheless it was an exceptional one-season serial ! I hope “The Following” the best but i doubt it ….. thank you

  26. I cannot wait for the Following 2 to begin… Love Joe Carroll, I was rooting for those bad guys every Monday night! I have tried to watch Bates Motel since everyone has been raving about it. I go through two episodes and it is BORING.. The kid playing Norman is so pitiful and sad. “Norma” is a cold hearted b****, and I don’t know but I had to turn it off.. Guess it wasn’t for me. Bring on The Following, Can’t wait!

  27. What’s a show without good characters? Debra and Jacob were good characters that i invested myself in. When they died i honestly felt like the reason for me watching this show had died too.

    In fact what’s the point of even having the retarded incompetent FBI on this show at all?

    This show became dumber and dumber, liked it at first, but good characters started dying everywhere it seemed.

    And how the f***k Joe manages to escape getting blown to smitherines is beyond me. That’s if he’ s still alive…lol. Told you this show is getting dumber.

    Stupid muf***as dying for a f***d up cause or “cult” too. F**k dying for a murdering prick who kills girls?? Dumbs**ts.

  28. I don’t understand how anyone can root or fall in love with Joe. That di*k is a sick twisted muf***ka who deserves to die. And Emma…i hope Ryan makes her suffer excruciating pain before shooting her in both her eyeballs.

  29. I liked the show. Just wish season two would start in the fall