The next chapter opens!! The Following Season 2 Premiere Recap!!

WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND!!

A group of men wearing Joe Carroll masks attack riders on a subway in New York

A group of men wearing Joe Carroll masks attack riders on a subway in New York


Ryan Hardy and Mike Weston are called back into action by the FBI to investigate an attack on a subway in New York City where the attackers were wearing masks bearing Joe Carroll’s likeness. Report of the subway attack spreads quickly. Weston and Ryan speak to the survivor who is being treated at a nearby hospital. Later at FBI HQ, they watch the video of the subway attack and get a possible match on one of the suspects. Ryan leaves, telling Weston that he wants no part of the new uprising. However, Ryan has been following the case more closely than he is letting off. His cousin Maxine arrives at his apartment where he asks her about Carlos Perez. They learn that he has been using numerous aliases. Hardy heads to the last known address under Carlos latest alias. Carlos tries to run but Hardy manages to knock him before he escapes. Carlos reveals that he was at the lighthouse on the night of the boat house explosion. During his confession, Carlos reaches for a weight and hits Ryan. He escapes and Ryan pursues him until Ryan is struck by a car. Carlos shacks up with a girlfriend while Ryan returns to his apartment and searches it. He finds a Joe Carroll mask and a paper with Heather Clark’s picture circled. Ryan arrives at the park after learning that Heather is dead. Weston is there as well and asks Ryan for his input. Again, Hardy shuts him out. The twins Luke and Mark arrive at the girlfriend’s apartment where Carlos tries to smooth things over with them. It seemed all is forgiven until Luke strikes Carlos in his throat. Ryan pays a visit to the subway victim where he issues an apology.

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon; left) and Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore; right) investigate a murder in a park.

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon; left) and Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore; right) investigate a murder in a park.

In the year following his final confrontation with Joe Carroll, Hardy has left the FBI and became a teacher in a forensic science class. However, I had feeling that right off the bat that he could let Joe Carroll or his cult go. He has secretly been keeping track of Carroll’s followers and the recent subway attack with help from his cousin Maxine who is an officer with the NYPD. Ryan was in denial that Carroll was truly dead even though the DNA found was Carroll’s. His connection to Joe is so close it seems like that if Joe Carroll is truly dead, he no longer has any purpose. Luckily, he has Joe’s ‘family’ to watch over which has consumed him as he has a map of all of the known followers in his apartment and a closet full of firearms. Ryan has more information on the cult than he did before and he is not sharing any of it with the FBI or Mike Weston who trusted him so much and is his biggest fan. Mike looked up to Ryan so it was a wonder to me why Mike wouldn’t be the first person. Well as it turns out, Mike is still handling the loss of fellow agent Parker. Ryan shut him out after the death of Joe Carroll. He has made numerous attempts to talk with Hardy but Ryan keeps giving him the shaft. Hopefully, these two iron things out and get back on the same page. It will be a bumpy ride and there is definitely tension between them. Maybe Ryan will see that he doesn’t have to go at it alone when it comes to Joe Carroll.

Can't keep a good psycho down. Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) suffered a minor set back in season one explosive finale. He'll back to plague Ryan Hardy again.

Can’t keep a good psycho down. Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) suffered a minor set back in season one explosive finale. He’ll back to plague Ryan Hardy again.

A few of Carroll’s followers, along with Carroll himself, may have been taken down last season but it seems they’re rearing their ugly heads again. Like the phoenix, the followers rise from the ashes reading to spread their word to the public. Two of those new members are introduced in the second season premiere. Twins Luke and Mark are shown to be the new top dogs and they are just dang creepy. They kill a girl named Heather and play house with her corpse. They dress her and dance with her and talk to her as if she were a life –sized doll. One of them even slept with her after strangling the poor girl. But they also display how much control they have over other members. When member Carlos Perez gets his face plastered all over the news, Mark and Luke make him stand in the corner as punishment. Guess a hard chop to the throat will do that to ya. Think of them as Tomax and Xamot but way creepier. I see these two leading this new world revolution and carrying on with Carroll’s mission whatever it is. But they are not without help. Emma is still around with a new look as she has kept herself of the radar since Joe’s death. It won’t be long before we see her back to her old tricks. And it won’t be long before Joe Carroll rejoins his children. Just as I suspected, that sly devil jumped into the water just before the explosion and swam his butt to shore on the other side of the lake. It was so obvious. I knew it couldn’t end like that. Joe Carroll is just too interesting of a character to bump off so soon. He’s not going to come back into the spotlight right away but I can’t wait to see what he has in store for Ryan Hardy when he does.

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