This week’s episode of The Following opened up right where last week’s left off, thankfully. We didn’t have to wait a second longer to see what happened next. This week definitely proved to be a game changer. This chapter started right with Paul’s gun at the back of Ryan’s head. Soon after, Emma and Jacob come back in the house. Joey is sent back to his room. Unlike I would react, Ryan is very cool in his situation. He knows how to talk to them and get them riled up. He doesn’t even seem to be scared or nervous; in fact, he almost seems to be in his zone even with 3 guns pointed at him by Paul, Emma, and Jacob. Just when Ryan starts to get cocky, Emma shocks him with an electric shocker, which seriously messes up his pacemaker. In the other room, Emma and Jacob email “Roderick” asking for help. Whoever this Roderick figure is, he must be pretty important, and definitely a part of the cult.
Meanwhile, we catch up with Claire, who pulls into a garage with the man who’s car she got into on last week’s episode. They move to a basement in the building, where he locks them in. Through flashbacks, we learn that his name is Charlie and that he is a member of the cult. Claire knocks over a folder on one of his desks and dozens of pictures of her fall to the floor. He then decides to show her notebooks full of data that he compiled of him following her. He tells her that he “is her follower.” He has notebooks full of notes of her daily activities, videos of her playing with Joey, and even videos of her sleeping in her bed. He tells her that Emma doesn’t even know about him, even though she lived with Claire for years. Throughout the day, Ryan gets under the killer trio’s skin in different ways, by making fun of their three-way relationship that he learns of by picking up on different pieces of their conversation throughout the day.
We also sees flashbacks to Debra Parker’s past, a first. Sadly, it is revealed that her family was a part of a cult that she ran away from when she was younger. 15 years later, she goes back to see them and forgive them for what she went through. They are mostly angry at her for running away.
Back to the standoff at the farmhouse. Debra and a team of FBI and SWAT agents have been assembled outside all day. Now evening time, all the drama breaks loose. Ryan has managed to sneak a knife into his hands, which he uses to cuts his bonds free. When they aren’t fully watching him, he breaks away and stabs Paul a couple of times and sets Megan free. Unfortunately, Emma has already woken Joey and snuck him out of the house and through the woods. Luckily, Weston and his local cop female blond friend walk right into their paths. Unfortunately (again), the blond cop is in the cult and shoots Weston, allowing safe passage for Emma and Joey, saying “Roderick sent me” (I’m getting very interested to learn who this Roderick fellowis). Ryan gets out of the house and runs into Mike laying on the ground. Fortunately, he was wearing a bullet proof vest. Ryan goes on and catches up with Emma, Joey, and Blondie. He shoots her, but Emma and Joey escape in their getaway vehicle. Back at the house, Jacob tries to help a bleeding Paul, but Debra has sent in the SWAT. They begin shooting all over the house and just as they burst into the room from different angles, it looks like Paul and Jacob have met their match. But The Following doesn’t allow it to be thatsimple. Half of the FBI agents in the room are actually members of the cult posing as agents, and they shoot the other FBI agents, allowing Paul and Jacob to escape. They hitch-hike and steal a car and get away. Basically, everybody got away and Joey was still kidnapped, but it happened in true Following fashion – lots of action, suspense, and drama. At least Megan was rescued.
The police also found Claire in the basement with her “follower,” Charlie. He got away too, but they rescued Claire. The next day, Ryan sees Claire at her house where she tries shoving him away, angry that Joey still wasn’t rescued after all that. We also see Carroll’s attorney publicly announcing that she is filing against the prison for mistreatment of Carroll – he did get smacked around a couple times by people like Ryan who visited him.
What’s next for The Following? They have proved that we will never be able to guess. Surely this isn’t all part of Carroll’s plan – Emma being separated from Jacob and Paul, not knowing what to do next. But who knows, there is clearly a huge plan here, and we’re only going to find out parts of it week by week, which I will be back for every time to try and learn a little more.