It’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.
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.”
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.
DO-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.”
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.”Follow @kimroots