‘The Following’ NYCC Panel & Footage Description

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 14th, 2013 at 6:39 am,

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After a pulse-pounding season finale left many viewers of The Following on the edge of their seats – stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are set to resume the cat-and-mouse chase between FBI agent Ryan Hardy and serial killer Joe Carroll, respectively, in early 2014. While the first season was chock-full of exciting developments and a steadily unfolding mystery surrounding Carroll’s cult following, viewers have been wondering how exactly showrunners intend to keep the series fresh for (already planned) seasons 2 and 3 – without artificially over-extending the central plot and undercutting the show’s quality.

Viewers still have a decent wait ahead of them – before the series returns to air but, in the meantime, the cast and crew of The Following came to New York Comic Con 2013 to offer fans a tease of what’s to come.

You can follow the panel Live over at Twitch TV, or through the video player below:

Watch live video from NYCC on www.twitch.tv



  • James Purefoy (Joe Carroll), Kevin Bacon (Ryan Hardy), Kevin Williamson (Writer), Marcos Siega (Director), Shawn Ashmore (Mike Weston), Valorie Curry (Emma Hill), and Connie Nielsen.
  • Showing footage of Season 1 finale aftermath – the moments after Claire and Ryan are attacked.
  • According to Bacon, the show fast-forwards one year later – and Ryan Hardy could be romantically linked to Nielsen’s (new) character.
  • First episode is titled “Resurrection” – starting a brand new story with a few threads from season 1. Hardy is in a different place, recovered in some ways and some ways not. Will explore what happened to Joe Carroll early on.
  • Purefoy says Joe is “alive-ish” – both in flashbacks and the present day. He’s a “romantic” character – with a strange “man love” for Ryan Hardy.
  • Bacon says Ryan Hardy is five months sober and in better physical condition – including his heart. His “metaphorical” heart is also starting to open up – yet there’s always going to be a darker side to the character.
  • Curry says Emma has made some new “friends” and some old friends but lost everything in the finale and is trying to figure out where she goes from here.
  • Ashmore thinks that Mike and Ryan have a connection – and that they’ll continue to explore that in the coming months but that Mike is on somewhat of a “downward spiral.”
  • Siega says that the great thing about season 2 is that the characters and relationships are established – so there’s more room to play now. Williamson claims that season 1 was really focused on finding Joey, season 2 is a character story about Hardy – as well as juxtaposing where Carroll and Hardy are at now.
  • Siega promises that the horror set pieces are more horrifying this year – balanced with a very human story (and have it escalate).
  • Nielson says she was pitched on the show as being “very dark” but her character is a mystery woman with a rich background (that keeps getting larger and larger) – and some very fantastic stuff to play with in a role. She’s an art dealer, a polymath (speaks many languages), and has lived in many places – she’s also a possible love interest for Hardy.
  • Bacon says that Hardy’s brother has a daughter (played by Jessica Stroup) who is a New York cop – and is a character that Hardy will get to connect with. The friendship between Mike and Hardy will also be explored a lot and the source of a lot of dramatic tension.
  • Williamson says it’s a fast-paced thriller and a pretty tight story – one that takes place over a slightly longer amount of time (more than season 1′s two week storyline). It will still keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Purefoy says that Joe has to put a reset button – and he’s got to find a new way to put his mark on the world: “There’s black and then there’s really, really black.”
  • Curry claims that Emma will also be in a very different place when the season starts – much like Joe and Ryan.
  • Bacon says it was really hard to say goodbye to the Agent Parker character in season 1 (Annie Parisse) because Hardy and Mike had grown so close to her (along with the actors).
  • Purefoy says there hasn’t been any negativity or hate for his character – and thinks people get that he needs to appear empathetic.
  • Bacon says that he’s enjoyed working on a network TV show – and the speed at which the show moves is exciting because he really gets the character. It’s exhausting and exhilarating.
  • Ashmore says that Mike is emotionally tortured by what they had done in the last season – and there’s room to grow between the characters in season 2. Williamson says that the FBI had to clean up a lot of the mistakes that were made last season.
  • Bacon says that Ryan is now a criminology teacher – which may or may not sit well with Joe. Williamson says that Emma’s job is “hiding.” Another book has been written about what happened in the last season – meaning that the lives of some characters have been dramatically altered.

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  • Bacon says that part of the show is how to figure out what Joe and Ryan actually think about one another – and why they are so obsessed with each other.
  • Purefoy says Joe really has to figure out who is and what he’s doing – and starts to understand his place. Excited to see the character move on and expand.
  • Williamson says the entire season is mapped out but not beat for beat – but that things do change as they go along. Claims “the best idea wins.” Teases episode 6 is a major turning point for the show.
  • One word teases for season 2 characters. Ashmore = Dark, Bacon = Hope, Purefoy = Darkest, Curry = Pain, Nielsen = Adventure.


The Following returns with the season 2 premiere February 18, 2014 on Fox.

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  1. I really enjoyed season 1. Looking forward to this show’s return. Although I do hope that they tone down the “Good guys are ALWAYS two steps behind the bad guys” cliche this season.

    • I liked that though. Sure, it was a cliche but it really gave off the impression that the FBI weren’t as smart as they thought they were and now they’ve learned their lessons.

      It’s like with everything in life. A challenge presents itself, you spend ages making mistakes until you finally figure it out and then you learn from it and adapt.

  2. Really can’t wait for this to return. I thought season 1 was fantastic.

    I’d like to think that Ryan is helping Mike with addiction and trying to steer him away from a meltdown that could jeopardise everything.

    Ryan and Joe’s relationship to one another? That should be interesting to discover.

  3. Well then, way to spoil that Claire dies.

    • How so?

      It just says Ryan may have a new love interest, doesn’t mean Claire died, just that maybe they agreed to stay away from one another because what happened is too traumatic and they don’t want the reminder, no matter how much they love one another?

    • Yah, it does NOT say that she dies. I was intentionally vague about whether or not that happens. The show picks up one year later – there are a lot of possible explanations for why he has a (potential) new love interest.

  4. Valorie Curry was the bright spot on this series. I knew what to expect from the bulk of the cast but she was unfamiliar to me. To see someone so adorable playing a character so chilling made her scenes far more interesting.

  5. I watched season one and did not mind it, although I think it gets a little better raves than it deserves. I will continue to watch as season 2 rolls around. Whoever consulted on the writing of this must have really studied cults and serial killers…they definitely had a line on kinky weirdos down pat!

    Ever see Purefoy in the movie “Solomon Kane”, based on Robert Howard’s character? That movie could support a sequel or possibly a TV series. Not too bad, at all, actually!

    • Yeah, Purefoy used his real accent for that movie too.

      Shame it didn’t do so well at the box office because the comic books usually sell a decent amount and the movie was much better than people would have you believe. It definitely deserved a sequel.

  6. “Bacon says that Hardy’s brother has a daughter (played by Jessica Straum) who is a New York cop”

    Jessica Stroup?

    • Thanks! Missed that typo when I went back through after the live blog.

  7. It’s Jessica Stroup, not Straum.

    And it’s not back until February?

  8. I stopped watching this show half way through and fall in love with Hannibal. So did this show pick up and get any better or is it still the same as the first half eps?

  9. Spoilers.Joe reminds me of Keanu Reeves character in The Watcher. Reeves character has a man love relationship with James Spaders character who is retired FBI special agent.