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The Following 1x12 - 1x15 Reviewed

The Curse
Claire is a moron. Jacob bores and Roderick is about as scary as a semi-digested corncob. Weston is back from hospital and Parker coins the term Carrollism to describe the cult’s beliefs. The FBI uncovers the cult’s link to the Freedom 13 militia. Joe and Roderick have more issues. Emma and Claire come face to face. Joey has somehow learnt Emma’s real name. Emma and Claire have a fight, Claire wins.

Mike gets menaced, Parker tries to talk Jacob down and it is revealed Jacob is a medical school dropout as well as a disaffected rich kid suffering from affluenza. Carroll is planning something. Roderick gets into the FBI investigation in his role as town Sheriff. Flashbacks to Hardy as a teenager show his dad’s murder and just what he did to avenge it. This was good.

Best Lines:
“What’s past the trees?”
“More trees.”

“Shut your mouth right now, you sick little girl.”

“Joe Carroll and his house of psychos.”

“He’s a generic white guy.”

“Did you just give Joe’s religion a name?”

The FBI is in Havenport where Roderick is Sheriff. Weston recognises Roderick from his beat down and the Sheriff’s cover is blown. This means the mansion of despicable human scum is that much closer to being found. Roderick’s real identity is revealed. Joey is the load as Roderick abducts him after Carroll excommunicates him from the cult for being an incompetent tool. How many times has Claire lost her son now? Joe fails to recognise the divergence between the facts and his version of reality. The boring Roderick is strongly deceptive when he is arrested and things aren’t going Joe’s way. This was good as there is a rescue, death, a cultist strikes and Claire finally does something.

Best Lines:
“I’m handling it.”
“How? He left!”

The End Is Near
Joe plans something. The FBI locates the mansion. Jacob has regrets. The residents of Havenport are evacuated due to the cult of serial killers living nearby. An idiot reporter is killed by a cultist on live TV. Hardy only cares about Claire and menaces a captured cultist by threatening to strangle her in the interrogation room.

Joe torments a couple he holds captive. There is stabbing, screaming, shooting and Emma smirks. Jacob just wants to leave. Emma strikes again. Debra Parker is in peril. This was good.

Best Lines:
“It’s Joe’s plan, it’s crazy.”

“None of this is what I thought it was going to be.”

“Are you worried that there might be a cult lurking in your town?”

The Final Chapter
Joe and Claire hang out at a lighthouse (as foreshadowed back in 1x01) waiting for Hardy to show up for the big fight. Claire kills time by pointing out to Joe that he is a crap writer, this makes Joe angry.

Weston and Hardy capture a cultist and beat the snot out of him to find Agent Parker. But Hardy can’t escape the manpain Joe wants to rain down on him. The rest of the cult is nowhere to be seen. Hardy is cracking, Joe’s crazy and someone was left to die in a pit. Joe’s big plan is all about him, Emma annoys and Hardy mocks Joe’s writing and Poe obsession. Claire has no agency. Joe gets violent when Hardy belittles Poe and a big fist fight breaks out. Plus there is fire. There is a big climax and then a twist ending. This was good. So what will happen in season 2? Is Carroll dead? What will become of Molly and Emma who have all the appeal of warm cardboard? Will Hardy become even more morally controversial? Did Claire know what Carroll was up to during the original murder spree? Are the cult really scattered or is there no shortage of crazy people out to get Hardy? Why do people worship the immoral evil Carroll?

Best Lines:
“It’s a motif Claire.”

“We’re not gonna kill you. But we are gonna get really, really close.”

“Do shut up.”

“This is not on you...I am not our fault.”

“I have been stabbed with both a knife and a fork.”

“I’m so bored with you and Edgar Allan Poe.”

“Kill him! Go kill him!”

“Is he dead?”
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