The Following: Second season to be more psychological
Story by Jack Foley
THE second season of The Following will be less violent and more psychological, according to series creator Kevin Williamson.
Speaking at the Television Critics’ Association press tour in the US ahead of its premiere next week, Williamson said that he never wants “gore for the sake of gore”, adding: “This year it’s a different show. It’s a different story and what the story calls for.”
The plot picks up one year after the events that brought season one to its bloody conclusion – with serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) apparently dead and the fate of Kevin Bacon’s love interest Claire unclear.
Ryan himself is newly rehabilitated and attempting to move on with his life until he’s predictably pulled back in when a crop of murders forces the FBI to ask for his expertise.
This, in turn, sets off a chain of events that places Ryan on a fresh collision course with Carroll.
Explains Bacon: “This second season, seemingly, I have lost my obsession for Joe. I have stepped in a different place in my life and he is no longer burning inside my heart in the way that he was in season one.
“But like everything on The Following, things are not always the way they seem. You find out in season two that a lot us have masks that we’re living and truth is that he is incredibly important to me.”
Season two will also welcome several new characters, the most notable of whom is Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray, the lone survivor of a murder spree.
Sam Underwood also joins as Luke, Jessica Stroup plays Ryan’s cop niece Mandy and Tiffany Boone will play a character named Mandy Lang.
As for what else happens, the rest remains speculation or teaser. Williamson has already cast doubt over how long and how integral Carroll will be to the show’s second run, while even Bacon suggested that The Following might even be more interesting if Ryan was no longer a part of it. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
The Following returns to Sky Atlantic in the UK on Tuesday, August 21 at 10pm.