[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.)
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.
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.
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.
[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.