The Following Review: A House Divided

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If Joe Carroll had a Twitter account he would probably have the most followers. Because, after "The Fall," it seems like they are simply everywhere.

Who isn't on Team Crazy Killer?!?

Out, Alive

Ryan Hardy crashed Emma, Paul and Jacob's kidnapping party, turning a situation the trio used to have under control into a tense police standoff that ultimately led to the breaking of their little fellowship.

Even as a hostage, Ryan still managed to have the upper hand, cleverly getting under his enemies' skin and pissing them off while they scrambled around trying to figure out what to do.

It was enjoyable seeing Kevin Bacon take the usually dark and frowny-faced Ryan and deliver some quips with a smirk, mocking the relationships of the trio, and even questioning their abilities to make decisions on their own. He was on fire and it was great seeing the group squirm.

But who the heck is Roderick?

This mysterious "name," supposedly taken from Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" (although, my money's on "Diary of Wimpy Kid") has enough power to call the shots and send in more followers to save the trio.

And yet the trio was broken, leaving Paul shot, Emma gone with Joey and Jacob confused and still not having killed anyone. Might this be the first crack in Joe's plan? Would Jacob and Paul stick with the following's work or will they be out to take revenge on Emma who abandoned them?

And did Emma really love Jacob at all or was she simply into manipulating the guys in her quest to fulfill her concept of power and choice?

It was interesting. Agent Parker tried to find a way to connect with Emma, as flashbacks - including a flashback within a flashback - revealed Debra's own part in a cult.

It was creepy watching her as a young child be offered up to the cult leader by her parents and I'm not surprised she left. Perhaps that's what makes her such an expert on cults and hunting down Joe.

But that last shot of her pulling out the necklace that contained the symbol for her original cult? Did that mean that maybe she's still more connected than we - or even she - wants to believe? Or simply recognition that her past has never left her?

I'm still a bit wary of her as the so-called good guy, although it was a rather revealing backstory for her character.

The only part that seemed more ridiculous and took away from the tension in the standoff was Claire in the secret lair of Charlie the admirer. I know she was desperate to do anything to see her kid, but did she really think that she would get to see him? And was she really that surprised that someone had been following her?

On top of that, Charlie seemed like a complete crazy person, slamming his head and feeling impure because of kissing her. Where does Joe find these people?

And as much as Joe is a chilling villain, I want to see him do more than sit down in prison and tell whoever is listening that the next chapter in the story is about to begin. I know he's the leader and his followers carry out the commands, but I'd love to see him in action at some point.

After all, it looks like Ryan's doing a lot of the killing and running around out of the two major characters. I'm sure Ryan would love a break to give his heart a rest, but when you're hunting sociopaths, there's never any time for that.

I'm still interested in Joe's big plan and the episodes continue to be heavy on the suspense and drama. Plus, with more and more followers coming out of the wood works, I'm definitely curious as to what's next for The Following.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


I can't stand how the bad guy always wins. What is the point. The FBI is so inept that they only send a few agents to save the innocent?


This show is a a zero. It lacks anything creditable. It has no redeeming factor whatever. It's gotten boring.


The most unintentionally funny TV show I think I've ever seen ... I feel sorry for Kevin Bacon having to spout lines from that super-weak script every week. Christ on a bike, this show is terrible. I must be sick though, because I can't get enough of it, have to get my fix every week to see which ridiculous and unbelievable twists and turns are gonna take place !! Hurry up Breaking Bad, you're sorely missed !!


I really liked it at first, liked the Poe reference and story reminded me "The Silence of the Lambs" movie, but suddenly the serie became predictable and repetitive, I think I'm done with this, no longer interested in this serie.


You are absolutely correct. I must be a clueless moron troll for staying with it and watching it. Like I say....a car wreck....zombieland....laugh out loud. FBI, " hey, you in the house. we have the house half-surrounded. come out with your hands up!"


Jodie you should just stop watching, idiot and you have to be a special kind of dumb to think Agent Parker is a follower, cause that wouldnt be obvious at all would it?????? er durrrrrrrrrrrrrr


@Joe its already basically guaranteed a second season, and you're a clueless moron troll ; ) thanks for your pathetic incoherent rant though X )


Seems obvious to me that Agent Parker is a follower - in episode 2, we lingered way too long on her handing the night-time reading over to Carroll. This would also explain the sidetrack into her cult past, the military ambushes, etc. - though I suspect she never actually met Carroll until she joined the team and is (clearly) leagues ahead of the Three Stooges in terms of her value to him. I'm watching now basically only to see if I'm right about her, and because my partner went to high school with the actress who plays her (Annie Parisse).


Love this new show. OMG it is so intense


This show is getting a bit formulaic and I'm starting to lose interest. It seems like Carroll has a small army of nut cases. They roll one out for an episode or two, kill them off, and stroll out a few more. It's getting to be like a game of sociopath whack-a-mole. Every time they seem to be tightening the net, bingo another nutcase pops up to keep the plot going. The constant "is she or isn't she" another one tension gets somewhat tedious. Carroll's managing to keep tight control of his merry madmen in total lock down strains credibility to the breaking point. I keep waiting for this cast to gel but there are so many distractions, I find myself getting more frustrated each week.

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