The Following Season Finale Review: Dinner for Psychos

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There’s no doubt that The Following Season 2 featired a promising and entertaining first half that reinvigorated the series.

And yet, as if it couldn’t help but follow the path of The Following Season 1, the second half seemed to fall apart on its inevitable journey to a Ryan and Joe final face off with stuff that really ended up not mattering thrown in along the way.

And like The Following Season 1 Episode 15, The Following Season 2 Episode 15 ultimately came down to saving Claire.

Which made the whole religious cult and fight with the televangelist feel like a waste of time.

Luke had it right when he said that the grand finale at the church was an “epic fail.” And in true fashion, the FBI came in at the last minute and wiped out the remaining followers to tie up that story.

And yes, there was a cool car crash sequence, but that too was just another bump tossed in for good measure. Was it even necessary or simply there to try and surprise viewers?

Then, because we haven’t had Ryan and Joe in a buddy-cop episode, the adversaries teamed up to hunt down the twins. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?

Good thing Ryan and Joe didn’t fall into the trap, even after Ryan predicted that it could be a trap. No? They fell for it? Bummer.

That, of course, meant a dinner for psychos in a round-robin therapy session of shouting, monologues, secrets and Joe putting on his sarcastic background banter. All to save Claire.

But there was a certain intensity and captivating atmosphere to the scene, even if much of it still felt ridiculous.

Sam Underwood mastered the creepy in playing the twins (and did a great job in making them two very distinct and different characters), and he amped up the dinner conversation. There was a clear command and a tension involved with each gun point, steely stare and click of the trigger.

Joe was surprisingly funny with his comments and reactions as the twins tried to divulge the plan and importance to the overall story. It’s just too bad he wasn’t Ryan’s good guy partner, but instead the sociopath that had only recently killed Preston because he was crying. I still find it hard to believe the two so easily teamed up even if I enjoy watching their chemistry.

As for Ryan, it was good to hear about his past, to hear about him getting revenge and then seeking forgiveness and redemption. Was the whole concept perhaps a bit forced? Sure, but the end result was that Ryan was able to win, able to overcome and grow. He didn’t have to kill Joe.

It’s just too bad that Claire, who decided to come out of hiding and shock Ryan (only to then be captured), put Ryan’s life in danger to save her... only to see her killer husband locked away and then choose to dump Ryan because she’s his past. Really, Claire?

Her character is so frustrating to watch.

And as much as I can only hope that Claire and Joe are done and gone forever, I’ve got a feeling at least one of them (Joe) will find a way back into Ryan’s life.

Oh, and Mike and Max kissed, so start your shipping now. Although, the two always had good chemistry, so it was only a matter of time.

I was definitely wrong about Max’s survival for the season, but I’m pleased that turned out to be the case. I actually liked her addition to the team.

But then there was that cliffhanger of Mark getting picked up by someone. But who? Is it the next big bad? Or at this point does anyone really care?

I appreciate Ryan’s closure and seeing him attain the victory without killing Joe, but it doesn’t excuse the mess that led up to the final hour of The Following Season 2. Too many shock value killings, pointless mini-quests and plenty of characters making really bad decisions plagued those latter episodes.

So sure, there was some positive light at the end of the tunnel, but enough problems kept the finale from being some satisfying conclusion.

Maybe third time will be the charm for The Following?

Should Ryan have killed Joe?


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oh and if you think that next season you will have ryan visiting joe in prison in order to track down the next cult serial killer than you should be found guilty of unoriginality because nothing is better than the original
"silence of the lambs"...just a heads up to the moronic writers of this crappy show...


well ryan you put it perfectly when you told mike that you did not kill joe because this needs to end, well then mr Kevin Williamson can you please end this show as well, because it is totally pointless. this is a show merely created to shock and disturb people even more than they are actually already disturbed. there are enough crazy people in this world, we don't need see it on tv as well. but unfortunately some idiot thought lets renew it for another horrible season. I am not coming back to watch this crap again, because ryan will never kill joe, which I do understand why, but ryan is fool to think that locking joe in prison will keep him there. the only way ryan could truly move on from this was to rid this world of joe's existence. and yes seeing that one of the twins is still alive, now ryan will be haunted by them as well because he thinks redemption is more important than bringing monsters to justice...the only way to rid the world of the monsters is to sever their heads...make sure they are dead so that don't come back again...this show does not deliver on its said it ryan, there is no redemption for you, so why fool yourself in thinking by not killing joe you will find your have to live with the guilt of all the people joe has killed because you did not have the balls to do least mike and max had the guts to do what was right..


I forget - who is Carrie?


It was me....... i picked them up.... luke is alive...... trust me im a doctor


It was me.... i picked them up...luke is alive... trust me im a doctor


You people actually think that any of this was good??? What an awful show. I stuck around to see how it was going to end, and now am just laughing at how bad this show is. Twists that make no sense, horrid writing. I will not be tuning in next year.

@ derek

I have to agree with derek. This season started with tremendous promise, but once joe entered the cult it started to tailspin out of control into complete drivel. The writing was pretty bad throughout the season and the twists were Shaymalan level ridiculous. Not to mention the hammed up performance from purefoy. This show should have ended after season 1, me, I am out and like Derek, I won't be tuning in next season. I'll stick with a show like Hannibal, which is superior to this show by miles and miles and is an example of what a horror show should be. GSB, enjoy this mindless drivel, your comments show me that you are the perfect demographic for this show. Lol

@ derek

do shut up you clueless little moron. stick with ACTUAL godawful crap like breaking bore and
game of terrible characters and storylines ; )


Wow, GSB, someone's upset. I was probably a little hard on this show. I thought the pairing of hardy and Joe was good entertainment, and the twins were the standout of the season. With that said, there were still massive plotholes, bad twists, and some really poor writing. I also didn't say anything about Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, which I am not a huge fan of, but both of those shows are far better than this one. I just can't justify watching this next year, when there are a ton of great shows on tv. This is at best B-movie quality with senseless violence for the sake of senseless violence.


This show got silly really fast, but I still found it entertaining. I think the plot twists were mostly dumb, but this show was always campy, and I found that the best parts of this show happen when they embrace their inner camp. I think Carrie will be the driver of the car, which would be another stupid twist, but I am glad one of the twins survived. They are clearly the best thing on this show. They described joe perfectly, he is an epic failure, and that to me is why I never really see him as this great villain. I hope the writers seriously up their game next season, because this season was hit or miss at best. Unlike roberto and derek, I will give this show a shot next season, but roberto is on the money with Hannibal, that show is on another level

@ derek

Then don't watch it. most of us think this show is great and appreciate the twist. They aren't cliche like most shows.


It can't be Claire that picked up Mark & Luke (she was whisked off in protective custody). Me-thinks that it is...... Carrie Cooke...... she is one of THEM (their "sister" !!!!)

@ Jubee

I think Luke could still be alive, do you??


It can't be Claire that picked up Mark & Luke (she was whisked off in protective custody). Me-thinks that it is...... Carrie Cooke...... she is one of THEM (their "sister" !!!!)


Of course . . . Claire is the one who picked up the twin(s). It was so dark I couldn't figure out what what going on - whether one was dead - or they bother were walking! But Claire said good-bye to Ryan, in an all too odd twist. Funny . . . she demanded to be part of the whole attempt to kill Joe, but I think she just wanted 'out' of the witness protection thing so she could join back in with the twins group. I don't trust her - and ultimately, she really needs to go - and what better way then as a member of 'the other guys'! It's time to vote Claire off the island. Poor Ryan . . .


The person or persons in casting who chose Sam Underwood made a wonderful choice of an actor.

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The Following Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

All I ever wanted was for my name to live forever. I think I've probably accomplished that.


You will die. But I can get you out of here and we can save her.