The Following Begets a Following

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

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New this year to Fox is the psychological thriller The Following.

Written by the writer for Scream, The Following centers around ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who in 2003 was responsible for tracking down serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).

It is now ten years later, and Carroll has orchestrated a sinister plot involving his ex-wife Claire (Natalie Zea), son, and Hardy.

Carroll causes havoc without even leaving his prison cell with the help of a massive nationwide cult following.

On the same token, Hardy also has the FBI on his side, trying to stop Carroll’s followers.

Despite being jail, Carroll is always one step ahead of both the FBI and even his own followers.

The show blends horror, suspense, and crime drama thrills, with Carroll and his followers being heavily influenced by the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

The show is also unabashedly violent, with a lot of gruesome deaths and scenes that could sicken the weak-stomached.
With a 62/100 on metacritic, The Following has been met with mixed reviews. Much praise for the show has come from appreciation of Bacon and Purefoy’s acting and the general suspense the show arouses.

However, there is a fair share of criticism, mostly relating to the plot twists and premises, 2-dimensional characters, and the violence and gore found prevalently throughout the show.

Despite issues like these, The Following has garnered a fair following of its own. Premiering with 10.4 million viewers, it has continued to do well in the rating boards.

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