…we completely understand that people are going to be upset about certain things because ultimately we’re just trying to service this story. This is a work of fiction. It’s like reading a good book. My favorite books I buy into the moments that are clearly absurd because I’m invested. We try our best when we hit those moments to not distract from the story in a way where it takes you out of it.
We put it all out there in terms of what we’d want the audience to be guessing: Who really died? How do you resolve it? How do you move forward if people die? What I can say about Season 2 is that it’s a very different season, but at the same time it will feel like a continuation of the story. There’s no way to tell the same story again; we can’t have the exact same moments of jeopardy, because then people will get bored and it’s predictable. The brilliance behind the series that Kevin has built is that he’s seen how these steps need to evolve. The thing that’s going to surprise people most, I hope, is that the fans will become as invested in that story as they were in this one — and even more so because now they know these characters and we’ll have to spend less time explaining backstory.
Now that you know a bit more about what’s to come, it’s time to figure out what exactly that means for The Following season 2.
Siega’s subtle comments about Carroll, when coupled with the actual season finale (where we didn’t actually see him die), reveal that Joe will likely be back next year. In reference to Claire, Siega’s comments about filming additional scenes could mean that A) Claire is dead and a final, emotional scene w/ Hardy is needed for the season 2 premiere or B) Claire is simply injured and producers wanted to finish filming the scene without having to bring back Jennifer Ferrin, who plays Molly, when they begin production on next season.
As for Emma, the “new” followers and a (possible, though unlikely) new nemesis - these elements are likely just tools to help producers evolve the series from season 1 to season 2. That said, with Emma still running around, everyone – including Carroll – should be concerned because, as the series has shown, there isn't anything she won’t do – and she’s currently the biggest threat out there.
The Following season 2 will air in 2014 on Fox.