Saturday, 3 May 2014

The Following: Season 2 Finale | Discussion

The following—no pun intended—discussion contains spoilers. You have been warned.
Well, damn. The Following has wrapped up its second season with some cases closed and others left out in the open for viewers to wait another however long it is for Season 3 and guess what will happen next in the meantime. Did I like it? Eh, it was okay, but the season overall is another story.

The Finale
The Gathering
Let's sit around the table for a nice family game of Russian roulette. Who wants to go first? Claire, will you do the honours?

Claire is in trouble again like Princess Peach and it's up to Mario Ryan to save her...with the help of Joe Carroll. Seeing Ryan and Joe team up was a bit of a nice surprise I'll admit, and the idea of Ryan and Joe having similarities and seeing themself in some way in each other but being total opposites is an interesting touch. You could tell how much he struggled to make the "right" choice when he had the opportunity to kill Joe once and for all but chose not to. They have some weird bond and it's as though if one kills the other, they kill a part of themselves. There's going to be some sort of twist here, I'm going to call it. Why are they so connected? Could they be related or perhaps even brothers? Hmm, the plot thickens!

Continuing on, the twins's plan for revenge fails as Mike and Max save the day, Joe gets free and Max saves Mike by shooting and killing Luke and leaving Mark on his own path. Claire annoys everyone again by not wanting to be with Ryan and to leave their love in the past and move on, blah blah blah. I see her point in a way since Joe is still alive and Mark is on the loose and it wouldn't be safe for either of them, but they built up this moment and she just shuts him down. The season was better without Claire when we thought she was dead, not going to lie. I never liked her character to begin with.
So with Luke, Emma and Lily dead, and with Joe living a life in prison—for now anywayquiet twin Mark is on his own dark quest for vengeance, but who is helping him? Is it someone we already know? Either way, it looks like he might be the next Joe Carroll for Season 3 and Mike might be the next Ryan Hardy. Speaking of Mike, I'm glad he and Max didn't get killed off, I would have been disappointed and shattered if they were, especially since they are "together" now, finally, and the fact that they my favourite characters also.

Overall, the finale wasn't bad, but it wasn't the greatest either. I'm over Ryan saving Claire and maybe that's why it wasn't 'at-the-edge-of-your-seat-intense' for me during the dinner table scene. As for the ending, I would have preferred if they showed who it was in the car so we get a feel for what's to come in the next season, and if it's a character we already know it would have been more of a cliffhanger.

Season 2 Rating Overall
  • The disturbing evil twins made the show even better and more enjoyable to watch
  • Ryan is more badass
  • The introduction to a kick ass female character: Max
  • The transformation of Mike's character
  • Quick paced, rarely dragged out
  • Emma dies, hooray! Claire did something right for a change
  • More twisted killings and dark characters
  • Season worked out well and was better than I imagined.

  • The Korban cult was kind of lame: the only part that dragged out
  • Annoying facepalm moments by Ryan
  • Claire came back and gets caught at the end again like the first season
  • Needed more twists
  • Ending needed more of a cliffhanger.

 4 Bacons Out of 5


What did you think of the Season Finale and Season 2 overall? Also, what do you think will happen in Season 3? Let me know in the comments!

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