[WARNING: The Following Season 1 Spoilers Below]
The season finale of The Following has come and gone, and we've already moved on to details about season2. We still have plenty of questions like whether or not serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is still alive, are there new followers, and what happens after that surprise cliffhanger?
Answers won't come until season 2 - likely in the company of more questions and mysteries - and while some fans might be ready to jump ship after the conclusion of the first season, it might be comforting to know that series creator Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream franchise, planned this tale through season 3.
There’s a big picture here. Kevin’s been very vocal about this being a passion project for him; he’s gone through a lot of stages and evolution about how he’s going to tell the story… But I do know that when he first sat down, he knew how three seasons could play out — and he could build beyond that. He had a solid foundation when he started.
So whereas some might think the writers just wrote the end of the first season without any idea of where to go, there's at least a set path for Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Claire (Natalie Zea) to continue (at least if they survive). And there must some other followers out there to keep this interesting at least through a third season (if it makes it that far).
However, we've heard reassurances like this before - especially in the case of ABC's Lost. Some fans are still bitter about how that series ended, and some of the strange turns that presented themselves throughout each season. It's important to note, though, that as much as the writers touted a big plan for Lost, they were also open to changes. For example, the Benjamin Linus character was never meant to become a pivotal part of the show, but Michael Emerson made them want more out of the character, and that's what happened.
In the case of Joe Carroll and his followers, any grudge from his cult won't seem as substantial without significant ties to Hardy or Claire. The use of Hardy's former fling (who was revealed to also be one of Joe's followers) helps in that regard, but without Caroll, any other bad guy seems a little bit weak.
Right now, it seems like fans will give season 2 at least a couple of episodes to continue the arc and give them an idea of where Williamson might be headed with this cult, but it's going to have to be a great set up to keep fans who don't want the same old twists and turns as the first season.
The Following will return in 2014 on Fox.
Source: TV Line