Apparently it takes a hostage situation to give Ryan Hardy a personality. If I had known I would have kidnapped him myself halfway through the first episode. Hardy’s attempt to rescue Joey was quickly thwarted and he was taken hostage instead. While he had no qualms about being killed, he wasn’t interested in getting, Megan, yet another hostage, killed in his stead. So, instead he stalled them with some witty banter that has been sorely missed for the first half of this season. If they had given him this caustic, almost House-esque personality from the beginning, The Following could have avoided a lot of the backlash they’ve received. But, even with all his quick comebacks and assuredness that “no one will be leaving here alive”… everyone got out of the house alive.
“The Fall” was promoted as a turning point episode, but it seems the only thing they revealed was that the Carroll Cult reaches much further than anyone thought. That’s interesting and all, but with the added information that there are enough people in on this plot to infiltrate a local police station and with enough training to quickly take out SWAT and FBI agents begs more questions. Why would all these highly trained people be interested in exacting revenge on the people who wronged a serial killer? We have no idea because this “turning point” didn’t feel like expounding further.
But, given this new information, its safe to assume this has a larger endgame than the earlier episodes suggested. I believe Carroll has set into motion a grand scheme (towards what end, who knows) and the torture of his former wife and the man who slept with her is merely lucky collateral.
But again, what could his endgame be? I worried from the beginning that the writers would make Carroll too all powerful and create circumstances that would be downright impossible for someone in prison to pull off. Now, I worry that the writers will forget how this character started. To justify the distance this man’s message has reached, there will have to be a large-scale goal that would unite so many. But we still can’t ignore that the man uniting them is best known for killing co-eds. It seems improbable that there would be such a multitude of people looking for literary justification of murderous desires. But then, what could be so universal that so many would be willing to follow the lead of a serial killer? I fear the writers may have written themselves into a corner that won’t be escaped without annoying everyone.
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