Dub thee Unforgiven!! The Following S2 Finale!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Luke (Sam Underwood) turns the tables on Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll

Luke (Sam Underwood) turns the tables on Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll

While Joe still has the church congregation hostage, Ryan receives a call from Luke who has Claire captive. Ryan has the FBI cut the power to the church, giving him, Joe and Mike a chance to escape in the darkness. One outside, Joe is placed in a police cruiser and he and Ryan drive to the address provided by Luke. Mike and Max then follow after them a short time later. While on their way to the twin, a van rams the back of Ryan, causing it to crash. Joe is pulled from the wreckage by a follower named Tim. Joe shows appreciation by killing him before he pulls Ryan out of the car and continues their journey. Joe and Ryan arrive at the house where they follow the sound of Claire’s screams to a room in the basement. As soon as Ryan unties Claire, one of the twins throws a gas bomb in the room, knocking all three of them out. Joe and Ryan awaken to find themselves tied to chairs around a dining table where Mark and Luke badger them with questions using Claire’s life as motivation. Soon, Mike and Max fires shot into the house, striking Luke in the process. Joe manages to free himself and chases after the twins. Max frees Ryan afterward. Luke takes Claire to a hidden room but she manages to escape. Elsewhere in the house, Mike runs into Mark and reveals that he killed Lily Grey. Luke strikes Mike from behind before he is killed by Max. Mark manages to escape with Luke’s body. Joe finds Claire and begs her for forgiveness. Ryan attacks Joe and holds him at gunpoint.

Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy briefly team up to save Claire Matthews from the twins Mark and Luke.

Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy briefly team up to save Claire Matthews from the twins Mark and Luke.

Well this is it. It all ends…or it’s supposed to at least. Carroll’s cult is dead yet again and the FBI has the upper hand, yet again. But what was interesting is what lead up to what is not the end. Joe and Ryan work together to rescue Claire from the twisted twins Luke and Mark. They arrive at the house where the twins live with guns in hand. Now, they each have a perfect opportunity to kill each other but they both put their differences aside long enough to save the one thing they have in common—Claire. However, the twins are clever and manage to capture Ryan and Joe. Tied to chairs around a dining table, the twins badger Joe and Ryan with Claire’s life in the balance. Luke and Mark try to pick apart Ryan and Joe’s mentality. The truth behind Ryan Hardy’s drive for vengeance is revealed courtesy of Joe Carroll. Ryan tracked down the murderer of his father and kills him when he was a teenager. Since then, Ryan has been finding a way to redeem himself. Mark suggests God but Ryan blurts that there is no God. With that line, it would seem that Joe Carroll was right about him and Ryan being alike. Because of his job with the FBI, Ryan has killed people which Joe is quick to compare to himself. Ryan turned to the bottle in order to ease his pains, the same as Joe turned to killing to ease his pains. Ryan just wants to be forgiven for his path of vengeance. The forgiveness train rolls on with Joe Carroll. After Claire escapes from Luke, Joe finds her and begs her to forgive him for everything he has done. That is going to be a little difficult. He kidnapped his own son and tried to kill his ex-wife. Not exactly the grounds for forgiveness. But Joe genuinely shed tears as he poured out his heart to Claire, the only woman he ever truly loved. Claire cries too but why is anyone’s guess. Maybe somewhere in her heart, she felt for Joe (plausible but not likely). Ryan gets another chance to rid the world of Joe Carroll when he has a gun pressed against his forehead. Joe begs Ryan to kill him but Ryan decides to back off after a long thought. Why, because this was the final scene from “Seven” with Brad Pitt. If Ryan had killed Joe, Joe would’ve still won. Ryan would’ve been turned into a murderer because of Joe which would have been Carroll’s ultimate triumph. Ryan lets Joe live to put an end to his vengeful path but I believe that he couldn’t let Joe win of him like that. Ryan did not want to prove Joe right.

With Joe Carroll going back to prison, it would be assumed that Ryan gets to be with Claire. Nope, that ain’t happening. Claire decides to leave Ryan to live his life while she tries to return to a life of normalcy with her son Joey. Ryan is obviously heart broken by this but he loves her enough to let her go. But their lives will intertwine at some point especially since Mark is still out there, likely swearing vengeance on all of them. He is picked up in a vehicle by an unknown person while carrying Luke’s body. Mark will be back and madder than a hatter. I don’t see Joe Carroll staying in prison. He’s going to get out, just wait. No, it is not over. It is inevitable.

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