The Following Review: Stand by Me

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Joe Carroll’s followers keep dropping like faceless flies. The mass collection of cult members have dwindled in size to a mere two: some woman who was shot and captured (does she have a name?) and Emma.

Alas, Carlos, you only made it to three episodes before finding an early grave. What made you trust the terrifying twins so easily?

The Following Season 2 Episode 3 continued to wipe away the past of The Following Season 1 in its efforts to regroup and establish this new era of terror. And definitely don’t be trusting, it could get you killed.

Bearded Joe was ready to dive back into his old life, and that meant tying up lose ends and leaving the Utopian Slut Palace for good. Guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, pen pal lover.

In a twist that seemed pretty obvious by the delay in her reactions to hand over the knife and desperation to have a father figure, Mandy stuck it to her mother and garnered her first kill. She wasn’t going to let Joe go.

It looks like Joe will have another person easy to command, but he’s always been good at that. I guess I’m more curious as to what her purpose will be beyond that and if in getting deeper into his sick world she’ll want out or become even more deranged than the man she’s following.

Odds of her surviving the season?

At least Joe is on his way back to Ryan, and that is where the real scene stealing can begin. Those two together, interacting, facing off have always been a highlight. But will Joe keep his beard?

That said, Sam Underwood has portrayed Mark and Luke to a perfection that encapsulates the crazy, but makes you want to know more about them. They twins are truly a scary duo, and even a mere smile can be chilling. The scenes with them are definitely highlights for the The Following Season 2.

And it was interesting to hear Mark’s admission about not feeling fear. Does he feel anything at all? Does he have the ability to emote?

He certainly has a fondness for Emma, but will there be something more between them? Is it possible for him to love?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t buying Emma trying to stand tough in the face of the new killers as Joe’s “number two.” In truth, I’d be OK with the series eliminating all of Joe’s original followers to truly begin something fresh and in a different direction.

Certainly, the smaller scale in characters is a plus as it does allow viewers to get to know who is involved.

So, did anyone think Lily was as innocent as she portrayed?

Granted, Ryan had the worst poker face ever in staring her down, but it was neat to see her easily transform her appearance as she ran away. Plus, the shots of the bustling city was a nice touch to add to the commotion and real feeling to the location.

However, I was surprised to hear Luke call her mother.

The Following Season 2 is definitely interested in the familial relationships and I’m still curious to know what Lily and her sons want in respect to Joe Carroll. What is their end game?

Hopefully, Ryan can get out of his funk and team back up with Mike (it has to happen. Just be friends!) and take them down for good. Although, I could use less of the FBI chick getting in Ryan’s face and bossing him around. I know there needs to be that authority character, but it feels forced.

“Trust Me” was a decent hour, but more of a setup of this new stage of the game for Ryan against the crazy killers. But with entertaining new villains and a potential joining of forces with Joe, I’m still holding out hope that the story will evolve from chasing bad guys and gratuitous deaths into something more. I’m ready to let the real games begin.

Were you surprised that Lily is the twins' mother?


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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


What artist did that rendition of Stand By Me at the end of the song?

@ Andrew



The FBI woman is pissed because Ryan did not collaborate. He clearly knowns more than he is letting on, so this is payback. I am sorry the show creators listened to the baaabaaa sheep crying about the FBI getting their arse handed to them in seasn 1 by giving them special powers in 3. I hope the rest of the season shows the Followers kicking serious butt.

@ LizBlue

I meant 2, 3 was a typo.


This show is infuriating. I am incredulous at the complete waste of any resource that is squandered in making this train wreck. Yes I watch it, I hate it, but I watch it.

@ james+chan

good lord you're dumb, not to mention beyond clueless nice job proving it for me, idiot ; )

Sue ann
@ james+chan

I love Kevin Bacon. So I watch. But I am bemused by the changes in his "friend" Mike Weston, even with a one year difference within the story from the end of season one to the beginning of season two. And I have watched the episodes, except last night's, twice. This does not compute, as Rhoda the Robot used to say. It seems to me that this show is another instance, amongst far too many of late, where the writers do not keep up with the Bible of the show. Either that, or they are REALLY lousy at exposition to explain some of these really bizarre happenings. I was not this confused last year. It was a good horror series. This year, it is a puzzle. I will keep watching, but I am not impressed, so far. Were it not for Kevin Bacon, I would not still be watching.


The first 20 minutes were a mess. Pretty sure it was the worst of the show. It definitely improved in the second 20 minutes. 3 twists and all shocked me. Enjoyed it but if they continue with a half good, half bad episode, I will get irritated.


That FBI woman acts as though she has something personally against Ryan. Did they explain such a thing and I missed it, or is she just supposed to be an arrogant bitch?

@ Sue+Ann

There was no explanation that I can recall. The writing this season has been awful in terms of character depth.

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The Following Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

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I missed it. People died. You don't want me here.