The Following Season 3 Episode 10: “Evermore”
Created by Kevin Williamson
Written by Michael McGrale
Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Sam Underwood, Valerie Cruz, Jessica Stroup, Michael Ealy, Zuleikha Robinson FOX
Air Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 9:00pm
Last week on The Following, Ryan Hardy’s current nemesis met his arch nemesis when Theo (Michael Ealy) spoke with Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) through a prison guard avatar. Theo needed Joe to help him find Strauss’s other disciples, and in exchange he promised to kill Ryan (Kevin Bacon) and give Joe eternal infamy. Joe, however, had other plans, dispatching of Theo’s accomplice and claiming Ryan as his own. It’s all rather touching in some strange horrific way. Tonight, Joe Carroll walks the Green Mile… yeah right!
Do not continue if you haven’t watched last night’s episode – definite spoilers!
A mere 8-minutes into the episode and before the first commercial break, Joe has murdered two armed guards and is threatening his court appointed lawyer and Governor’s Chief of Staff. “You didn’t think killing me would be that easy did you?” Guess I give the show credit for not making us wait too long for the inevitable. Joe has one demand… you guessed it, Ryan Hardy. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have played these roles for three years, and yet I still crave their interactions. With all the subplots and side villains, their appearances together this season have been brief and occasionally in their own heads. I was anxiously hoping for one last Joe & Ryan team up to go after their mutual enemies in Theo and Mark Gray (Sam Underwood). The pro-wrestling geek in me cries out for a tag team death match!
When Ryan does show up to talk Joe down and rescue the hostages their encounter proves how much they desperately need each other. Ryan rushes pregnant girlfriend Gwen (Zuleikha Robinson) off the phone before she can tell him. Joe gives up a hostage after Ryan threatens to walk out. “If you’d just RSVP’d ‘YES’ none of this would be necessary.” What Joe wants from Ryan: an admission that they are soul mates. Despite every effort Ryan ever had to move on, it’s always been Joe. It’s funny how their relationship mirrors the show. When the show tried to establish alternate villains; Lily Gray and her sons, Daisy and Kyle, Arthur Strauss, even the fantastic Theo… the show seemed to lack that certain something that made it catch on so quickly. It missed Joe Carroll and his unique relationship with Ryan Hardy. “You’ve always been my most devoted follower.” After more threats, Ryan relents. His confesses his nightmare to Joe. God they are both so beautifully f’ed up!
Theo proves himself a clever and not-to-be-denied baddie though as he meets up with his sister (who’s totally cool with his serial killer side) and hacks the prison to let out the other prisoners. Cue the Joe and Ryan team up! Ryan channels his inner Joe Carroll and brutally kills several inmates. As Theo inches closer to solving Strauss’s code and finding his disciples, he knows the only way to escape capture is to kill Ryan.
The Governor wants it done. Joe gets his final wish, Ryan is there watching. This is TV, so James Purefoy will still bless the show through hallucinations and dreams. But Joe Carroll, the living character, says goodbye after a “killer” 3 year run. He infected Ryan. Ryan toasts Joe’s death by sharing a drink to his memory, breaking his long sobriety in the process. Sorry for the cliche, but will we forget Joe Caroll; quoth the Raven, Nevermore.
The Following returns next Monday night at 9:00pm ET on FOX. Relive Joe Carroll’s epic run of madness and Poe-inspired slaughter on Netflix where seasons 1 – 2 are currently streaming.
THE FOLLOWING | Sneak Peek: “Evermore”
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