After the Defeat of Joe, ‘The Following’ Comes to an End

MV5BMTUxNTk0MjUwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTE4MDc2NDE@._V1_SY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_Ryan Hardy’s journey is coming to an end. After finally defeating Joe and getting really close to Theo, it’s all coming to an end.

Some fans predicted this. There was a petition that popped up after Joe Carroll died and it said they had killed their own show. Maybe it’s true that ‘The Following’ can’t survive with out the legendary serial killer.

I’ve been enjoying this season, but I know a lot of fans haven’t. In the two-hour special on Monday night the direction of the show took a turn. Ryan now knows he’s going to be a father, Max and Mike gave into their feelings and Mike is struggling to live after Mark stabbed him. In the two-hour season finale Ryan is putting an end to everything. I was little disappointed that ‘The Following’ is ending, but I was happy that there appears to be an ending in sight. I hate when shows are canceled and then they don’t get a proper ending.

I wasn’t surprised by the cancelation. We’ve bounced around serial killers this season. It started with Mark, Daisy and Kyle. Then Strauss came into play, then Joe. And now we have Theo. It’s kind of been all over the place. It really does kind of feel like an ending season than a reinvention like the cast and EP said at NY Comic Con last October.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the WB is trying to shop ‘The Following’ around elsewhere. I think if the writers do want to continue with the story, they will have to think hard on the direction they are taking. Can Ryan hunt serial killers while being a father? Can Mike and Max carry on a relationship while working together in the F.B.I.?

‘The Following’ was special because it focused on Ryan hunting down Joe. Joe was extremely psychotic, but very intelligent all at the same time. We were sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what he would do next. Ryan had dedicated his life and lost a lot on his journey to catch Joe. It was a very focused show and it made it different from other crime dramas. But I think focused shows like these have a limited shelf life. There’s only so long you can prolong the storyline. It was the same with ‘Revenge’, and Emily Thorn’s journey came to an end on Sunday night.

Ryan’s journey has been a tough one. Even after Joe is dead he still can’t let go. He got inside Joe’s head to take him down and now Joe’s gotten inside his. Ryan’s journey isn’t over just yet. There’s still the two-hour season finale where Ryan will end this one way or another.

This season Mike has also been on a hunt. A hunt for Mark, but Mark found him first and stabbed him. He was able to shoot Mark before he hurt Max. Mike’s life hangs in the balance while Max and Ryan take care of Strauss’ best student.

Are you sad that ‘The Following’ is coming to an end? Or did you see this coming after Joe was killed?

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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