First, Emma shows up with a book, and asks Carrie to dedicate it to Joe Carroll. Then all hell breaks loose, as two guys and then Emma wearing Joe-masks knife as many customers as they can. I've heard it said that the era of book stores is over - physical and digital books are increasingly sold on Amazon. Come to think of it, I've said this myself. But I envisioned a more graceful demise of the book store than what we saw in The Following last night. If I'm recalling correctly, it was the biggest massacre this season, exceeding the slaughter in the subway at the beginning.
And it marked the return of Joe Carroll to full command, which was long overdue. Micah was probably the worst character on the series - as in ridiculous and played with buffoonery - in two seasons, and it was good to see him go. It took nine episodes for Joe to get there, way too long, but at least now at last the players are in place for the battle ahead.
Although Joe's video could have been a chilling way to end the episode, the irony of the way the hour actually ended was also effective. Just as Ryan and Carrie fall into each other's arms - with the nice touch of Ryan closing the door on the guards outside - we see where Mike rushed off to. Claire is alive. Not such a surprise, given that Ryan never actually saw Claire die with his own eyes, just badly wounded. But the relationship turmoil this sets in motion will be good to see. Joe still loves her. Does Ryan? Probably. And we may also have our answer about why Mike has been behaving so oddly this season.
The Following is finally up and ready to fully maraud.
See also The Following Is Back for Its Second Season ... The Following 2.2: Rediscovering Oneself ... The Following 2.3: Coalescing ... The Following 2.4: Psycho Families and Trains ... The Following 2.5: Turning Tides ... The Following 2.8: Coalescing?
And see also The Following Begins ... The Following 1.2: Joe, Poe, and the Plan ... The Following 1.3: Bug in the Sun ... The Following 1.4: Off the Leash ... The Following 1.5: The Lawyer and the Swap ... The Following 1.7: At Large ... The Following 1.9: All in a Name, Or, Metaphor in the Service of Murder ... The Following 1.13: At Last Something of a Day for the Good Guys ... The Following Season 1 Finale: Doing Dead
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