WARNING: If you haven’t seen the season finale of The Following and don’t want to be spoiled…why’d you click this story? Run away! Come back later!
As Shawn Ashmore promised us, the second season of The Following ended on a note that was less gory and more intriguing.
The hour itself wasn’t free of bloodshed, though. A bunch of Joe’s followers were killed in a raid on the church but Ryan (Kevin Bacon), Joe (James Purefoy) and Mike (Ashmore) slipped out so they could go get Claire (Natalie Zea). And Luke (Sam Underwood), one of the twins, might be dead, too. But, then again, this is The Following and every character on this show seems to have nine lives. So we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Meanwhile, there was also emotional bloodshed. Claire broke up with Ryan after she was rescued, which was kind of a rude move considering everything he’s done for her. And Ryan broke up with Joe, who was headed for the slammer at the end of the episode. (I say “break-up,” of course, because we all know those two are A Thing in their own messed up way, right?) In fact, this is an actual line from Ryan’s
break-up speech: “You won’t be seeing me any more, Joe. I’ll never give you that. You’re going to die in prison. And as you whither away in there, you’re going to be fading from my memory every day a little bit more. Because I’ll be making new memories in a new life that doesn’t include you.” I’m using that whole monologue after my next fourth-date fail with a guy from OKCupid, Ryan. Thanks. (Except, hopefully without the prison part.)
Then, in the last moments of the episode, we saw Mark, who had escaped the showdown unscathed, lugging his possibly-dead twin brother over his shoulder and placing him in the back seat of a mysterious truck. (The scene was so dark I couldn’t make out the status of his brother’s wounds.) After securing him, Mark walked around to the other side and hopped in. “Thank you for coming, I didn’t know who else to call,” he said to the driver. Who. We. Never. Saw.
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