The Following Finale First Look: Joe Carroll's Final Chapter Begins to Fall Into Place

The Following‘s first season comes to its killer end next Monday (Fox, 9/8c) — and based on this all-new promo, the culmination of Joe Carroll’s murderous mission is well within sight.

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Perpetual victim Claire appears to be at the center of the series’ season ender, with her ex-hubby holding her hostage (and threatening to gouge her eyes out!) and her ex-lovah Ryan attempting to save the day. Parker, meanwhile, is still buried alive, but thankfully those wily acolytes left her with a cell phone — which she’s putting to good use.

Press PLAY below to watch the mayhem unfold, then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.

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  1. June says:

    The video says with a creepy voice “This content is currently unavailable”. Somewhere else I can watch it?

  2. Christian says:

    I hope they don’t kill off Agent Parker. I really like her.

  3. Rachel says:

    please tell me they’ll get new writers for next season and maybe have them spend some time with real life agents or something.

  4. lLcool says:

    Great show. Well done. Hats off to Kevin Bacon and James purefoy and all the cast.

    Can’t wait for more seasons to come.

  5. David4 says:

    Leaving her with a cell phone is no where close to the dumbest thing they have done. I can’t believe how dumb the FBI is.

    Joe fakes his death, so he can be born again next season, I bet you all. Boring.

    • AT says:

      It looks like one of the Followers is watching her ‘grave’ with a sniper rifle. I think they intentionally left her with a phone.

  6. jonathon says:

    great season, don’t change anything for next season. 24 had dumb ctu agents for years but did well with great action and suspense, i feel like its almost been completely reborn with this show. love it!

  7. MaryAnn says:

    It is going to be very difficult for them to do next season without it being basically a repeat of this season — unless they do something way outside the box. Like pick up several years later, and have Joe’s (now published) book be the key to the clues for the elaborate plan he is hatching. I just hope they will be very creative with it (like take lessons from Once Upon a Time with their totally game-changing transition from Season 1 to Season 2).

  8. kate says:

    Love the show but they need to put Joe Carroll to rest and move on to a new cult next season. Afraid another 15 episodes with this plot won ‘t hold up

  9. Jimmydestiny says:

    Some of the worst writing I have seen in living memory. Each episode revolves around the same problem, FBI get close to catching someone so they run in, (in massive numbers) only to break up and work alone, refusing to work as a team as they have been trained to do (or use the numbers game to their advantage), which ALWAYS leads to one person being: a. Captured b. Killed c. Have some chase scene which inevitably leads to nothing.
    For a show that started with so much promise I now ask myself why I bother watching it.

    • Fen says:

      Couldn’t agree more. I think this show started off pretty good but the “formula” became apparent pretty early on. With each episode I keep hoping that this will be one where something new happens. It’s hard to root for the “good guys” in this series because they do so many dumb things! My husband still likes the show so we will continue to watch for the time being. But it has come to the point where I can’t even get through an episode without making sarcastic comments about how dumb the writing is or about the asinine things the characters do. I don’t think it’s intended to be comedy.

      • Matt says:

        Agreed 100%. It’s turned into a comedy for me. I enjoy feeling like Nostradamus as I can predict everything before it happens.

  10. Beak says:

    I think I might be done watching The Following. Such a great concept, great performances, completely buried in ridiculous plot mechanics and incomplete character development before offing them. So utterly disappointed, which only grows week after week. I’ll stick with it through the finale, but I’ll likely not comeback for the sophomore season. And I do so love James Purefoy. :(

  11. cas says:

    How about the people who don’t like it stop reading articles about it? I don’t read articles about shows I don’t like and complain about them. And how many unsolved crimes are there each year? Are those law enforcements agents just idiots too? I’m not saying some of the mistakes are hard to imagine but I would bet real law enforcement has made some dumb mistakes too.

    • Fen says:

      It annoys me when people make comments like yours regarding “not commenting” if we don’t like the show. This is a forum which allows for free expression of one’s opinions. I come to sites like this hoping to share my opinion in an intelligent and logical way. It IS Television and I don’t expect it to perfectly emulate what goes on in the real world. BUT, I do believe it is within my rights to read articles about the shows (especially since I’m an eternal optimist and hoping beyond hope that she show will improve). Don’t get me wrong, there are things about this show that I do like (I think the actors are doing a superb job with what they are working with). That is fundamentally why I’m hanging around and still watching. I ultimately WANT the show to succeed to I’m hoping (perhaps naively) that the opinions of the public (positive or negative) may inspire some change.

  12. At this point, I just don’t even care anymore. This show reminds me of the way the Killing evolved. Great premise, great pilot, great acting … and then it just devolved into a ludicrous, gut-wrenching trainwreck. I’m watching because it’s on my DVR but I’m not enjoying it anymore. Don’t count me in for Season 2.

  13. Lary says:

    I think the writers are making a big mistake in making practically anyone a member of Joe’s cult. It’s almost feeling like it is used as a plot contrivence to move story -and it’s getting a bit boring. I really don’t know how long this show can sustain a narrative like this. Unless Kevin Williamson has a different plan for season 2. I can see this series dropping it’s viewership drastically

  14. Ray says:

    Well the whole point is for Ryan to be “reborn”. So next season, what if Joe becomes a kind of Hannibal Lector resource as a refreshed/reborn Ryan chases a brand new serial killer? Joe may have some sort of connection to the new one (but not one of his acolytes) and you can’t quite trust Joe to stay put. That might work for a second season.