So this season has been a long and winding road. Some of it was definitely better than others, but The Following started off with a bang and ended much the same way. As much as I was sure, three episodes ago, that I’d probably never watch this show again, the finale changed my mind. I must know where things go from here!
Hardy… Dude, running off after you tell your people to cover you… You’re lucky you didn’t get shot by friendly fire. And forgive me if I think them picking up that sniper was waaaay too easy. Though, I have to say, you’d think Carroll’s people would stop assuming that Hardy is FBI. I mean, I guess he was back in the day and that’s how Carroll idolized him (or whatever you want to call it) so maybe that’s where their confusion comes in. Either way, that was a particularly brutal beating and, strangely enough, more difficult to watch than what Roderick did to Weston.
And when he just straight shot that guy in the face—yeah, that was pretty epic. It’s not lost on me that I found myself cheering for the hero to straight murder some people when he’s chasing down people who murder other people. A little bit of irony there, no? Also, I totally get why he left Weston behind. Everyone around him keeps dropping like flies, and he has a chance to actually save Weston (after he was supposed to die, but still).
Side note: Carroll uses more ellipses in his book than I do in my blog posts. Shaking my head, Carroll. Shaking my head.
I really loved the scenes between Emma and Hardy previously, and this was no exception. They have a certain chemistry that’s riveting. She’s a woman who’s lost everything but the man she’s obsessed with, all by her own hand. Not exactly a chick with a lot to lose. I liked seeing her all cold and in control again.
Debra. Have to say, being buried alive is one of my biggest fears. I blame Mary Higgins Clark. So to be stuck in a coffin with only a phone call out to the people who probably won’t get there in time… That’s terrifying. And seeing everyone’s face as she kind of rasped out for them to call her sister, and for Hardy not to blame himself… Good lord. That might have been the most tense I’ve been all season. Brutal. Just brutal. I cannot say this enough – I AM SO UPSET SHE DIED! She was probably my favorite lady character—next to Emma of course—and to have HER killed off in such a terrible way... Not okay. I don’t care that it was the thing that FINALLY pushed Hardy over the edge. I’m not okay with it. I refuse to be okay with it. Which is probably the point. The fact I care about her so much and am pretty freaking torn up over her death is a testament to how great this show is overall.
I love how Carroll’s just pretty much fed up with Claire. “Just shut up.” FINALLY someone said it! And her self pitying crying… ENOUGH, CLAIRE. Your husband murdered a bunch of people. The wife is always the last to know. Just enough. Stop whimpering and get back to the woman who stabbed him TWICE. When he pointed out the whole being stabbed twice to Hardy—priceless. He also has a point about Claire’s poor taste in men.
It was kind of a fascinating conversation between Hardy and Carroll regarding love at first sight and Hardy’s kind of stalker tendencies. I loved that Carroll pointed out the he and Hardy had a connection similar to Carroll and Claire and Hardy and Claire. Love at first sight, indeed.
Though, for all the crap Carroll did and put us through… Dying in an explosion? REALLY? I mean, I’m assuming he’s dead because I don’t see how Carroll, who is already probably dying of the wound Claire gave him (and made worse), was going to survive. Not to mention there’s the whole “confirming the remains” thing. That said, who the hell knows with this show?
And OH MY GOD. What an ending. WHAT AN ENDING. They think they’re safe and things are great and, oh hey, let’s kiss, and then BAM! Molly. Just… Wow. Well played, The Following, well played.
Please, please, PLEASE tell me that the second season is going to be centered around Molly. PLEASE!
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Katee Robert is the New York Times bestselling author of the Come Undone series. She is zombie-prepared.