After waiting, in vain, to see Joe Carroll die in a hail of bullets from the trio gunning for him, the season 2 finale of The Following can be summed up with bodies being left everywhere, but where you want them and there was a hint of bromance in the air. Brotherly love aside, it has to be said, when the overweight blond Carroll follower got punched twice by Hardy and then anonymously shot in the dark by the storming SWAT members, it was hard to not “punch” the air in victory. Not because she was overweight, but because she was a nasty bit of work.
After the shocking, or perhaps not so shocking to those who’ve been watching The Following from season one, death of Lily in last week’s episode; last night’s show,Silence, ends on a clear cliffhanger moment and it looks like Ryan may die via one of the twins if not both of them. This penultimate episode shows events barrelling down a path so steep that nothing anyone does will stop, seemingly, the vicious slaughter that Joe Carroll has planned for his last stand.
Last night’s episode of The Following: Betrayal was all about just that, the act of betraying and in at least one case, the penalties paid by that person for that betrayal. Everyone, it seems, was up for crossing that line and forfeiting trust and falling outside that circle. The episode started where last week’s ended.
Joe Carroll goes through the business of brainwashing his new flock into killing without reservation in The Following: Freedom he also has some dissatisfaction brewing in the ranks and it won’t be long before he splits his forces to take on three different factions. Two men wearing white Joe Carroll masks slice and dice their way through a crowded cafe and while Ryan Hardy and Mike Weston are investigating, Emma is busy trying to seal Mandy’s fate as a “lost cause.” Ryan is getting more involved with the Carrie Cook and Claire wants to see Hardy. Joe wants Emma to keep Robert in line and her doing so moves her up that little bit more in the power stakes in his new cult.
Within minutes of this episode of The Following: Teachers Pet the list that makes up the we want Joe Carroll dead club has grown by one. Turns out that Claire is not dead and that Mike Weston knew all along. So while Ryan Hardy was torturing himself with alcohol over his guilt, Weston could have stopped it at anytime with the truth.