Is Joe the most deranged serial killer on TV?
All I know is, I would not want that guy thinking I was his soul mate.
Pretty much the entire premise of The Following Season 3 Episode 10 can be summarized by this quote:
If you'd only RSVP'd yes to my execution, none of this would be necessary.Joe
Joe sure went to a whole lot of trouble to ensure Ryan was present for his execution. If Ryan had just agreed to go in the first place, it would have saved several lives.
Of course, none of Joe's victims are Ryan's fault, but that doesn't stop him from feeling at least somewhat responsible. He's a tortured soul and it's not surprising that he's turning to the bottle after a day like that.
Joe is dead. What does that mean for Ryan going forward? He's already seeing visions of him, so I'm taking that to mean we haven't seen the last of James Purefoy.
Theo offered Joe infamy, a chance to live on through his kills, but that's not the legacy Joe saw for himself.
Ryan: Why? Why did today have to happen?
Joe: Because you are my real legacy Ryan, and I needed you to know it. And now that you've admitted we are brothers, I can die knowing that I will live on through you.
Dead or alive, Joe will always be a part of Ryan, no matter how much he hates to admit it.
I have to say, I'm a little concerned about the state of our high security prisons. Joe managed to take out several armed guards mostly thanks to a pair of sunglasses (and yes, a stolen taser).
I know Theo's a very talented hacker, but I have a seriously hard time believing he could hack into the prison system that easily and release a cell block full of prisoners. Not only that, but also keep Max, Mike, and the other agents out. There's no system override so they can get in there? What happens if the power goes out in this place?
Speaking of Theo, we learn he has a sister, which is more than a little surprising. I'm not sure what to make of this development. After seeing him slaughter his wife but leave his kids alive, I wondered whether he actually cared about them. I'm still not sure since that family was a cover, but it is pretty clear he cares about his sister.
Theo's also dead set on coming after Ryan, despite his sister's concerns. She wants him to leave him alone, and for good reason, but he's got other plans. He also finally manages to break Strauss' code. Does anyone else feel like that should seem like child's play next to hacking a high security prison system?
Gwen came close to telling Ryan about her pregnancy, but he still doesn't know. I'm guessing she's not going to be too thrilled when he returns home drunk as a skunk. Will she tell him? Eventually she's going to have to. Hopefully it slaps some sense into him.
We didn't get much of Max and Mike as they spent most of their screen time standing outside waiting for Ryan. Mike did tell Max that he'll always be there for her and Max seems to be softening up to him. I think she's starting to forgive him for leaving her to get the crap beaten out of her.
Since the focus of the hour mostly stayed on Ryan and Joe, we didn't get any developments into Mark, Daisy, or Tom, but I think that was necessary for this one. Hopefully now we can put the Joe chapter to rest and get some answers to these burning questions we have as the rest of the season plays out.
Are you glad Joe is dead? Were you surprised Theo has a sister? Is Ryan going to find out about this baby before the season finale?
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NOTE: The Following Season 3 Episode 11 will be titled "Demons" and will air on Monday, May 4.
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