‘The Following’ First Season Finale Concluded On Monday Night, Leaving Many Questions Up In The Air, And Their Ratings Higher, Highlight Hollywood News

Thanks to the season finale of Bones,  (2.1 adults) was up a tenth of a point from last week — and up two tenths of a point from last year’s finale. The Following (2.6 adults) moved up two tenths of a point with the close of its freshman season, giving Fox an average 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers for the night.  With a lot of twists and turns, The Following ended on a shocking note, but many fans were not happy about the ending, feeling cheated that after the apparent death of serial killer and psychopath, Joe Carroll, that both leading man and lady were apparently attacked by one of the following.

Fifteen weeks of high-stakes action led to a showdown between former FBI Agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). It was a fight to the death between the two nemeses, with the conniving-yet-sometimes charming Joe finding himself on the unlucky side of things as the towering flames engulfed him. Explosions weren’t enough to solidify Joe’s death, with the FBI making a point to mention that the dental records and human remains were a match to Joe. But still, the question remains: Is he really dead? Considering how much of the story he’s plotted out, it certainly wouldn’t be a shock.


Another character’s fate that remained unclear was Joe’s ex-wife Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea). Thought to be safe from harm after witnessing the explosions, she and Ryan have an intimate evening before a D.C. trip the following morning, but Rya’s ex Molly (Jennifer Ferrin) has another plan – stabbing Claire before the scene cuts to the end card. So, is she dead as well?

Perhaps the show ended with too many questions?  Even though it’s a finale, viewers really wanted a payoff, ala: Dallas and what it did for their second season finale?  Then again, I’m posing a question, so don’t yell at me!
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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