After Seeing The Following's Final Chapter, Do You Still Want More?
The Following finale mirrored a season that was full of some highs and lots of lows. The first half concentrated on the FBI trying to locate Debra (Annie Parisse), who was buried alive. Joe’s (James Purefoy) followers had left clues, which included a cell phone, so Debra could talk to Ryan (Kevin Bacon) and Mike (Shawn Ashmore). She tearfully told them Mike was a good man, and her death wasn’t Ryan’s fault. She also wanted them to tell her family she loved them (even her culty rape parents!).
Ryan and Mike were led to the location of her kidnapper’s car, but it was a trap. A follower-sniper opened fire on them. A gunfight ensued with police, but dozens of bullets missed their targets, before Ryan had the perp in custody.
The follower taunted them, basically saying “I’ll never talk and you guys can’t do anything ‘cause you’re cops!” An awesomely choreographed fight/torture sequence commenced that mirrored what Mike faced when Roderick kidnapped him. Like most of Joe’s followers when faced with violence, the guy talked.
He led them to Debra’s “gravesite,” and smirked as they frantically tried to dig her up before she ran out of air. At first, I thought this might be a fake-out site because it’d be too lame to have them save Debra in the nick of time. So, I was disappointed when they pulled Debra up from the ground and started giving her CPR. I honestly thought after all that, she’d be fine. However, I misjudged this show’s love of killing off main characters. Debra could not be revived, which left Ryan and Mike devastated, and the follower gleeful.
Ryan and Mike shared a look, and it seemed like there was an understanding between them about what would happen next. Ryan walked up to the follower, who was kneeling with his hands cuffed behind his back, and shot him right between the eyes! Then, he threatened to shoot Mike if he followed him. Joe had left a copy of his finished novel for Ryan in Debra’s coffin, so Ryan would know where to go rescue Claire.