Following EP Spills 4 Secrets You Didn't Know About Season 2, Teases 'Very Different' Season 3

following_siega_325It’s been about a week since The Following‘s Ryan Hardy chose not to kill his murderous nemesis and instead strolled away from Joe Carroll for good.

Or, y’know, for now.

And with the charismatic killer once again behind bars, Mark on the lam and Max and Mike an official thing, TVLine got executive producer Marcos Siega to give up the goodson where the Fox drama is headed in Season 3.

Even better, Siega dished some little-known tidbits about the season that just closed. Which character was supposed to die earlier than he or she did? How sure is Siega of who’s behind the wheel of the getaway car? What would the EP have done differently, given the chance? Read on for all of the gory details.

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POETIC DRIVER’S LICENSE | Let it be known: The Following‘s behind-the-scenes team has a pretty good idea of who was driving the van that picked up Mark and Luke’s corpse at the end of the episode. However, there’s a lot of story-development time between now and when the script for Season 3’s first episode is locked, Siega says. “There’s definitely a direction we’re going, and right now, I’ll just say it’s flexible. But I love reading the theories online of all the fans and what they think.” Those of you guessing the driver might be the recently deceased Mandy or Emma might want to take note when Siega chuckles as he says, “It’s sort of ludicrous to me that people think we’ll bring people back from the dead to drive the van.”

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A ROLE WITH TEETH | Now that psycho twin Luke is with us no longer, shooting Mark — Sam Underwood’s remaining character — will be so much easier than filming scenes involving the actor’s dual parts, Siega says. Two fun bits of trivia about the boys: First, “The very first time you see the twins, it wasn’t just different hair… [Underwood] had different colored contacts in, and we had a whole mouth application made to change his teeth. But he was so good [at differentiating between the brothers], we didn’t need that added detail, because he brought it in performance.” The contacts and mouthpiece were ditched soon after. Second, Luke was supposed to buy the farm much earlier in the season, but plans changed “because we actually fell in love with the twins, and I think the audience was enjoying the brothers being around, so we didn’t want to get rid of them,” Siega says.

following_micahDO-OVER: PART 1 | Production of the Fox drama flies so swiftly that sometimes, after an episode is in the can, Siega wishes he had time to go back and shoot more options to play with in the editing room. “A lot of that had to do with the cult,” he says. “We could have done a lot of different things with Micah and what kind of cult leader he was… We committed to this slightly over-the-top crazy person, and if I had one thing I could go back and do, I would’ve grounded him a little bit more. I would’ve made him a little bit more of a threat and less of a caricature.”

DO-OVER: PART 2 | Valorie Curry’s final moments as Emma were another casualty of circumstance. Since the actress had been with the series since the pilot, “She deserves an epic death,” Siega notes, adding regretfully that weather conditions cut short Curry’s glorious send-off. “But then you get [to set] and it’s three degrees, it’s 2:30 in the morning, she has to fight Natalie [Zea] and then get on the ground, and it’s started to rain ice. You start rushing, and all the design and the epic things that you plan on doing… you just can’t do, because you’re torturing your crew.”

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TONING IT DOWN | Siega sees The Following‘s first two seasons as its first “chapter” and says the next “very different” bit will be anchored by Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy but “the construct is going to be different, how we tell the story will be different.” What you’re likely to notice most: “There won’t be as much random killing and stabbing,” says Siega, who adds that series creator Kevin Williamson feels the same way. “I think we got a little bit too caught up in the violence.” However, “The DNA of the show, in terms of it being a thriller and having lots of twists and turns, is what we don’t want to change.”


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  1. Chris P. says:

    Is it me, or did this article *not* answer the very first question posed in it, “Which character was supposed to die earlier than he or she did?”

  2. brandon says:

    He said that last year how the show’s would be smarter and we got season two. I don’t believe anything they say at this point. This show will continue to be over the top and ridicules.

  3. IMHO says:

    I agree about Emma. I didn’t think she was really dead because her send off was kinda low key for the Following.
    That maybe one of the reasons people think she was driving the getaway car.

  4. TL says:

    I think Carrie is driving the car…

  5. Tim says:

    I think they have no idea who’s driving the car, or it will be a character we haven’t met yet.

  6. Mikael says:

    I love The Following BECAUSE it’s so ridiculous. It’s a fun ride. Instead of rolling my eyes and complaining about how far-fetched the show is like so many do, I just laugh and enjoy the ludicrous moments.

  7. dman6015 says:

    Although it wasn’t stated, I’ll be glad to see them get away from the Joe storyline for awhile (maybe forever?). A lot of this season was repetitive.

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  10. Christopher says:

    See that the mom had a house full of twins and her sons were twins I say it the twin sister of the boys physico mother

    • Jackie says:

      Or Luke & Mark are two of triplets, and it’s their brother that we haven’t met yet driving the car. It’s got to be someone we haven’t met yet. Who else could it be?

  11. Matthew G. Beers -14 years old says:

    I don’t know how I feel about the end of the following. First of all, if the produces and writers wanted to end the Joe Carroll aspect of the following, why not kill him rather than put him back on death row, where we all know he is capable of escaping from? Secondly, Emma’s death shouldn’t have happened. I think that she should have gone with Mark in the end. I can’t be the only one that fell in love with her. She is such a strong and brilliant actress and it definitely was apparent through Emma. She killed her mother for god sake. Joe, as it was told in the show, was the first person to tell Emma she was perfect. And that she is. I think the writers for the show should have kept her around for season 3. And finally, Claire. She is by far the most confusing character in the show. After the showdown in the finale, she tells Ryan that she doesn’t want to be with him. Which, in my opinion, is really dumb. After all that they went through, she doesn’t want to be with him. I think I would jump off a bridge if I was Ryan. As far as the show goes as a whole, I think they very well could have wrapped up the show at the end of the finale despite how engrossing each and every episode is. I don’t know how the producers will carry on a show like the following with only Mark. He is a very weak person apparently and will sure crumble under the pressure of Ryan Hardy. Or will another cult be started that is devoted to Mark? haha

    • Jackie says:

      Two points I totally agree on, I too fell in love with the Emma character. When Joe was saying those things to her in the garage & then he hugged her & you saw that evil look on his face & knew he was lying, my heart actually broke for her. i hope she does come back, but I doubt it. Two, yes, if I were Ryan, I’d be bridge-jumping about now. But what kind of a selfish $()#H is Claire? STAY DEAD, DUMMY, IF YOU’RE NOT GOING BACK TO HIM. Why reveal yourself & then tell him, no, we’re each other’s past, and now he has to get over her all over again.