I have no idea what's going to happen for The Following Season 2, much less on the finale in two weeks.
Except the problem becomes not so much in being surprised by what's to come, but taking a roller coaster full of thrills and scares that jerks you up and down in something that feels like an endless loop. What is the end game?
I don't mind getting scared or shocked, especially if that's what the show hinges on to feed into the dark tone - but at some point, you have to feel like it's moving towards something beyond the simplistic "catch and stop the bad guy."
Unfortunately, with an episode like "Havenport, not much really changed in the grand scheme of things. And this has been the case for awhile now. Sure, some pieces are moved around the board, but have we really progressed into new territory? Has the larger story really shifted?
Again, we have the FBI chasing around a follower... attacked by other followers... ending up pretty much back at square one, not really any closer to Joe or taking him down.
Yes, Joey was rescued, albeit by an emotionally damaged Jacob (so he's not full dark side?) deciding to let him go. Yet, Joey has more or less been replaced by Claire as the victim, leaving the FBI still major steps behind and their only leads riddled with bullets.
I've enjoyed Warren Kole as Roderick, breathing fresh life into an interesting character who seemed to be pretty must just another Joe when we first met him.
His character was filled with emotions that teetered on the brink of insanity with every smile. He really was a wild card and it was fun seeing him play the game.
I had no doubt he and Joe would eventually break apart, but it ultimately led towards a silly detour for the show that eliminated his character in one fell swoop.
It was nice to see the FBI pat the girl down that Roderick had recruited; at the same time it was good to see them working together to follow Ryan and Roderick to get Joey. But suddenly they were outmatched by some new followers (who we all knew would die) and Jacob.
I was highly disappointed that meant the death of Roderick, not because I wanted the psycho to live, but because he had some depth and personality that made watching the followers interesting. He was an intriguing character.
While Jacob seems to be the lone wolf in the conflicted category, Emma follows around like a needy puppy, and Joe - as villainous and scary as he commands himself - writes, talks and obsesses over his family.
It just felt like Roderick was killed for shock value rather than progressing the story with his death.
I guess I was taken aback that Claire got the chance to stab Joe... but we know he can't die, so it was nothing more than a flesh wound. I don't know why Joe didn't suspect anything, but I suppose love is blind.
Unfortunately, there was no love in the underestimating of the follower who turned herself in. C'mon, FBI team, you take in a girl who claims she's a part of the sadistic cult and you don't handcuff her or take major precautionary measures?
It was definitely a cringe worthy moment when she stabbed Nick in the eye, but I couldn't help but laugh when Mike and Ryan unloaded their guns on her. It seemed a bit overkill, even if she was a follower attacking them.
It just goes to show that everybody lies and you can't trust anyone. Can you trust Ryan Hardy still?
Through the hunt for Joey, Ryan still hasn't found Joe, we still don't know Joe's big plan (although Roderick thinks there's a new version), Claire's still captured and the FBI isn't any closer from where they were last time.
I get that the show is steeped in the horror aspect and the heavy dosage of fear through the shock moments adds to it all, but it makes me worried that we will get the same run around over into the next season. I want to get invested into the characters and the story like I did when the series first began.
Of course, I'm still interested to see how the final two episodes go down, but at some point we've got move beyond just chasing and killing bad guys. Maybe Joe will give us the heads up when that next chapter is about to commence.
What did you think? Are you still enjoying The Following? Shocked by tonight's episode? What's Joe's big plan? Will Ryan save Claire in time? Sound off below!
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Reviews, The Following
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