The Following Season Premiere Recap: Wait, Who Was Driving That Car?

The Following Mark Car Driver Identity

Kevin Bacon spends most of the first eight minutes of The Following‘s Season 3 premiere smiling. This is notable, because it’s the longest stretch we’ve seen the eternally tortured Ryan Hardy happy in the series to date.

And given what happens in rest of the hour, it’s likely the last time we’ll see him this way for quite a while.

What new ways have the depraved minds of the world found to torment Bacon’s beat-down alter ego? What threat lurks now that Joe Carroll is — for the moment, at least — locked away in a federal prison? Who was behind the wheel of Mark’s getaway car? And why, for the love of Edgar Allen Poe, hasn’t Ryan decided to fake his own death and retire to an isolated tropical island?

Allow us to catch you up with your Following favorites and how they fare in the season premiere, “New Blood.”

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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING RED | As the episode opens, a year after the events of the Season 2 finale, Ryan is healthier and more buoyant than we’ve seen him in ages. He’s dancing with new girlfriend Gwen at the wedding of his FBI superior, Gina Mendez. He’s playfully dodging Gwen’s queries about living together. He’s awkwardly standing by as Max introduces Mike — who’s been in the field chasing Mark Gray for quite some time — to her new man, a hot FBI hostage-rescue guy named Tom. He’s looking forward to Joe Carroll’s scheduled execution in a month’s time. And he’s making toasts about love and all that good stuff… until the long-reaching hand of the absent Prof. Carroll rears up and slaps the smile right off of Ryan’s face.

A cater waiter who’s working the event chooses Ryan’s toast as the perfect moment to throw blood on him — and the brides — while calling Ryan a liar. The man sobs that his daughter died during the FBI raid on the Corbin compound, and that her blood is on Ryan’s hands. The incident sticks with Hardy, who investigates the next day. Too bad when he arrives at the dead girl’s house, her father looks nothing like the man who attacked Ryan at the reception.

MEET THE NEW KIDS | Turns out, Fake Dad is in league with two hotsie-totsie — and hot for each other — young psychos named Kyle and Daisy, the latter of whom poses as a prostitute to lure a randy couple to their deaths. (Side note: The husband was a total creeper, was he not?)

When Ryan and the gang eventually arrive at Kyle and Daisy’s murder scene, they find the corpses rigged up into a tableau, and the words “Ryan Hardy Lies” scrawled on the wall. A similar incident happens at another location — “Max Hardy Lies,” this time — and a light bulb flickers on in Ryan’s head: The killers are recreating moments that the FBI killed members of the Carroll-Gray House of Crazies. And that means: “Mark is behind this,” Mike declares.

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O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? | The surviving Gray twin is, indeed, the mastermind in charge of the new spate of deaths. His team consists of Fake Dad (whose real name is Andrew), Daisy and Kyle — oh, and Luke, who apparently now only exists in Mark’s fractured psyche.

The merry band of murderers hit an art fundraiser to find a posh blonde for their Mike-kills-Lily-execution-style tableau, and the FBI intercepts them but only manages to nab Andrew. The rest get away, killing yet another innocent person, while Ryan interrogates Andrew at the FBI. “What’s Mark to you?” Hardy demands — and a flashback shows us that Andrew was the mysterious figure driving the getaway vehicle the night Luke died. (Side note: Disappointing payoff on that cliffhanger, The Following.)

ALL’S TERRIBLE THAT ENDS TERRIBLE | The hour ends with the FBI team stymied (shocker!); Max hitting the bottle, hard; Ryan admitting he needs Gwen, despite pushing her (and her cake pops!) away earlier; Kyle telling Daisy they can’t leave Mark, whom they’re possibly secretly working against (at Joe’s behest, perhaps?); and Mark/Luke plotting to kill an FBI agent the next day.

What did you think of the episode? Did you miss Joe? Thoughts on the new cast additions? Is the Mark/Luke thing working? What are the odds that Gwen’s evil, too? Sound off in the comments!

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36 Comments
  1. donholley77 says:

    Excellent episode! Mark Gray gives new meaning to split personality!

  2. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    I think the most important question is when Gwen brought Ryan coffee and cake pops did he not take them or only thank her for the coffee. I think that’s going to be the biggest mystery this season.
    #WhereAreTheCakePops

  3. David Green says:

    Who was singing the song at the end? It was really cool.

  4. Zorkel says:

    I think it was a good start to the season, though I agree that the reveal of who was driving disappointed. It felt like they were just, “Oh yeah, we said we would solve that. Here ya go.”

  5. I had fairly low expectations, so I thought it was really good. It actually told a story with a few surprises that were NOT just done for shock purposes (cater-waiter portraying a grieving dad in a believable way only to be later revealed to be evil; Marc’s followers possible working against him, etc.). The violence was also less graphic than usual and wasn’t used just for shock value as it has been in the past. Yeah, the driver of the car reveal was a let down, but there really wasn’t any character that it could have been that would have been interesting. Overall, a good start to the season.

    • lorna says:

      They mentioned this season would be less violent, but i loved the darkness and violence. Like with the priest and his son, that was heartbreaking and nervewracking,

    • Brooke says:

      I don’t understand the complaints about graphic violence or shock value on this show…from the beginning, The Following has been batsh!t crazy. I watch it expecting it to be insane. Why watch it at all if the style isn’t what you like?

      • donholley77 says:

        TY! I don’t understand the complaints about the show’s violence either! I always said it was a cable show for Network Tv! I guess some people don’t want that!

  6. Viv says:

    Liked it a lot. Somehow the premiere had a different feel to it than the last season. Not quite as messy and confused (hey, enough episodes left to change that!). And it was a really nice change to actually see those FBI agents pursue their job and they seemed smarter than they were in S1 und S2! Although the first two seasons are entirely to blame that I thought that Gwen and/or Max new boyfriend would turn out to be some sort of serial killer. Looking forward to the rest of the season!

  7. loveunderkey says:

    Anything that puts Hunter Parrish on my tv, I can’t complain about. Maybe there’s more to the Mark/Andrew relationship to be revealed later? And Gwen is definitely not to be trusted.

  8. Ryan says:

    Gwen being a killer would be disappointing. Too similar to last year with Lily.

    • Vittore Naomi says:

      Last year with Lily, and also the blond woman (I don’t remember her name) from season 1 who stabbed him and Claire in the finale.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Good season premiere. Good to see Ryan happy in beginning of the episode. I had a feeling Andrew was not father of dead girl, letdown he was driver in truck.Glad they caught. Sam did great job playing Mark & Luke with split personality. I wonder who could young couple be working for.sad Mike & Max aren’t together anymore. Can’t wait for next episode.

  10. mooshki says:

    I don’t miss Joe, but I do miss Emma. I thought she was the most interesting and complex character on the show.

    • g says:

      bwwwaaahaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha – that’s a good one
      come on, Emma was definitely NOT one of the most interested and complex characters

      • eye says:

        Notice how mooshki said “I thought” meaning that based on his or her opinion she was. Stating your contrary opinion as a fact as it comes across as arrogant.

  11. Ethel says:

    Is the FBI still going to be as stupid this season as in previous years?

    • dvmom says:

      The answer seems to be a resounding ‘Yes!’. A guy throws blood on FBI agents and then one of said FBI agents says ‘Let him go.’ because he feels sorry for him? At the very least they should have taken him in for questioning, being that he is obviously unstable!

  12. “why, for the love of Edgar Allen Poe, hasn’t Ryan decided to fake his own death and retire to an isolated tropical island?” like that has ever worked, lol.

  13. chris says:

    is tom yvonne strahovskis partner from 24 live another day ?

  14. lessthanrighteousindignation says:

    Enjoyed the episode a whole lot but was perplexed why the show runners would solve the biggest mystery of the last season finale with such a lame payoff – the mystery person picking up Mark should have turned out to be a huge revelation, not some lame stick in of the crying dude Andrew. What a missed wasted opportunity – when you have hold of something big you should run with it. And I am very concerned about the cake pops.

  15. Ken Lee says:

    Sam Underwood was brilliant last night

  16. Ellinas1978 says:

    Don’t push her “cake pops” away Ryan.

  17. Gerri Rose says:

    I want to see Joe! Mark/Luke is a total nutso!

  18. K says:

    As usual, the show has started off great. Did miss seeing Joe – Deep down I think he will somehow escape from prison and carry on his devious ways – he simply cannot be executed; Don’t take him out of the picture!

  19. justy_beams says:

    if you think about it the master mind could very well be someone who knows Ryan very well, my theory could be mike is the master mind behind it, he lost his parents and may blame Ryan for their deaths, also Ryan could also be the mastermind that would be epic either way

  20. Vicki says:

    My thoughts are that Mark cannot be the mastermind, he is too lost in his own head and certainly not a leader. He is too emotional and unable to tie his own shoes. He is pawn in the game. There has to be someone else pulling the strings.. Joe was “taught” by the professor, so there has to be others the fell into his mental game.

  21. florence weisgal says:

    where is james purefoy? he’s the only reason to watch the show. Kevin Bacon et al are so boring and passe. bring back ‘purefoy’!

  22. shelley lidikrr says:

    I MISS JOE CARROLL. HE MAKES THE SHOW