‘The Following’ Season 2 Preview: Ryan Gone Rogue

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:39 pm,

The first season of Fox’s The Following started off on a strong foot, and managed to maintain (most of) its narrative momentum throughout its 15-episode freshman season. Still, by the time surreal killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and shattered lawman Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) were trading final blows in a burning boathouse, the convolutions needed to sustain fifteen hour-long episodes of TV had left some wondering if this show had a short shelf-life.

Early teases of The Following season 2 storyline demonstrated that show creator Kevin Williamson and Co. indeed have a larger plan in place for Ryan Hardy’s journey through darkness (a plan that already extends through season 3),  and with today’s new official preview, we get to see some of what that larger plan entails.

It almost feels like a spoiler to know upfront that Ryan will be living a dual life: well-adjusted and disciplined educator by day, relentless bloodhound vigilante by night. It is NOT a spoiler to surmise that those final harrowing moments of the season 1 finale don’t end well for Hardy; with a jump in time occurring between seasons, one can only hope that we at least get to see how that twist season 1 ending plays out in the season 2 premiere, before we move on to the next chapter. Don’t make that same ‘trip to Tahiti’ mistake that other shows are making…

Throughout season 1 Williamson showed a (pretty) good mind for what red herrings to dangle, when, and for how long – as well as how to twist expectations into shocks. No doubt that the Claire thread will get tied off (one way or another) sooner before later.


The Following Season 2 Poster The Following Season 2 Preview: Ryan Gone Rogue

That just leaves Purefoy. He has appeared in the promo material for season 2 (though not too much and very ambiguously) – but it would be nice if the first part of the sophomore season focused on “the Carroll legacy” – i.e., the monster’s impact on Ryan and the waves of new (hopefully more interesting) followers he has inspired. Like a good boxing match, the main event could be saved for a prime spot later in the season, when Joe Carroll makes his triumphant return.

…Although, having Ryan find nothing of the man but ultimately end up becoming the monster himself? Now that would be some sweet (and original) television.


The Following season 2 premieres on Sunday, January 19 on FOX.

Source: FOX

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  1. As someone who watched every episode of this show’s first season religiously (and sarcastically), I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around the idea that there is actually a long-term plan in place leading into season 3 (!).

    Maybe they’re going to turn it around at some point, thoroughly exploit the promising premise and veer into darker territory. But if they don’t leave the involuntarily hilarious behind soon, they may as well have Joe Carroll return as a ghost or any other supernatural being. I think, there has been a similar script idea for a Seven sequel with Morgan Freeman suddenly boasting psychic abilities. I say what the hell, go for it, guys!

    • I agree with u,I am a fan of the show and other stuff Kevin Williamson has done(scream)but I do get all the shortcomings in both its just fun for me.I actually had the idea that the guy in the lighthouse in the last episode that Joe Carroll kills actually kind of looks like him nd u never see his face completely. So I thought maybe he was in the barn nd blew up,while Joe somehow escaped idk unlikely and unrelistic (maybe,wateva)they should definitely find some new stories to move onto nd not be trapped with 1 villain like ghostface and the fisherman from the other 2 series he did.

  2. I watched the first season of this, and will watch the second. Having said that, however, I will say that while it was not too bad, it was not too good IMO either. I personally would not have given it a second season had I been the all-knowing, all-doing, powers-that-be. But we will watch season #2, and see where it goes.

  3. This show went into a coma episode 4. It died by episode 7. Any semblance of life the corpse exhibited in death was, actually, a release of muscle tension being released. The only thing worse than the incompetence of the heroes was the stupidity of the villains. Nothing made sense from neither a realistic or dramatic point of view. Neither were these two things often held to be crucial to the thriller genre scarified for entertainment as there was nothing unique or vaguely interesting being captured on screen or recorded in the audio. I would rather watch Agents of Shield than this drivel and would end up being a toss up if I had to watch this or Under the Dome. It is that bad.

    • Caveat: With the right mindset, though, this is a beautiful train wreck.

      • You got that right. Just pretend you’re watching a dramedy or a serial killer spoof and you’re golden. That’s how I keep feeling entertained. It’s all about the mindset.

    • either..or

  4. I tried to get into the show, but come on….A Manson like cult leader who builds a cult on line from in jail of people willing to kill and basically do whatever he wants. The premis is just so over the top that I couldn’t keep watching….Even though I really like the cast. If I can’t buy the storyline then it’s just too over the top…

  5. i feel like this show was good but they killed off all the good characters. Honestly Paul and Jacob… well mostly Jacob was the most interesting character because he wasn’t a sociopathic serial killer and actually had emotion. I understand why Emma needs to be there but really kill him right after he had been opened up to murder opening the floodgates for potential plot changes and development but nahhhh lets just slit his throat. Oh lets also kill Debra Parker because she is pointless too. I understand killing off characters but really? half the cast in the first season? Even Joe? It is an amazing premise and had so much potential, it just should’ve been written/directed/produced by a HBO or TMT (or even ABC or USA) quality writer.

  6. This is a tragic waste of cinematic/production resources. The investigative effort is about as sophisticated as me and my twin brother chasing down the serial killer and what’s left of what was supposedly called a “cult”. From season one, I’m still wondering what was it they were following anyway? Laughable. Watch now only to find the abject surprise of sheer feckless, law-enforcement futility and all-time in plot development. Even so, a Total Waste of Band-With. But I laugh along…