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The Following “The Siege” 


Photo Credit:FOX
Photo Credit:FOX

As was mentioned in my review last week, one of the big problems with cults is that the students need regular guidance from the teacher or “master”.  Ever since Joe Carroll had been re-captured, his normal visiting and mail privileges have been revoked, and so, his followers are pretty much left out on their own.  As we saw in last week’s episode, that can present problems, leading some of his students like Maggie Kester to blindly act on rage and become a loose cannon.  Well, in this week’s episode, this problem has been somewhat resolved and in a very brilliant way.

One of the basic rights that any prison inmate has regardless of their status is the right to counsel.  Not only that, but the inmate must be allowed full visiting privileges with his attorney, and the visits are to be private due to attorney-client confidentiality.  In a very smart move on Carroll’s part, he decides to illicit the help of his former attorney, Olivia Warren (Renee Elise Goldsberry).  Although we aren’t really sure why at the beginning, Warren is obviously terrified of Carroll, and is willing to do just about anything for him.  Carroll requests two things of her, and on the surface, they appear relatively simple and benign.  First, she has to deliver a message to the media, which is really nothing more than a part of one of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, “The Mask of the Red Death”.  And, second, she is to give Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea) a message to be at a particular place at a specific time if she ever wants to see her son again.  Little does Warren know that she just opened the next chapter in Carroll’s sequel.

With Carroll having the feeling that the FBI is close to finding his son, he has to launch a Plan B, and the reading of the Edgar Allen Poe poem to the media was the trigger for that plan.  It was a signal to two more of his followers, Hank (Josh Segarra) and Charlie (Tom Lipinski), that they are now in play and should follow the instructions that Carroll no doubt gave them a long time ago.  Hank’s job is to go to the farmhouse in an attempt to relocate Emma (Valorie Curry), Paul (Adan Canto), Jacob (Nico Tortorella), and of course, Joey (Kyle Catlett).  However, in case that doesn’t work, Charlie has a backup plan which includes kidnapping Claire.  It is an extraordinary plan, and no matter how things pan out, Carroll is actually going to win either way.  If Hank can’t get to the farmhouse in time, that really doesn’t matter because he’ll have his new plot spun off with Charlie’s kidnapping of Claire.

The timing could not have been more perfect, because just as Carroll had suspected, Hardy (Kevin Bacon) does, in fact, find the farmhouse and the state police, ATF, and just about every other heavy-lifter in law enforcement are on their way.  The episode ends with Hardy being cornered by Paul, but regardless of that, the kidnapping plot of Joey Matthews is pretty much over.  The only thing that remains to be seen is who will make it out of that farmhouse alive.

This was a fantastic episode and in my opinion, second only to the Pilot.  This is primarily because it answered so many questions and opened a huge Pandora’s box for the remainder of the season.  Carroll needed some way to continue communication with his followers to make his scheme work, and he found the perfect route through his attorney.  Carroll has a right to legal counsel, and even if Warren decides to quit, a legal aid attorney would be appointed.  And, Carroll could easily force the new attorney’s hand by doing things, like having one of his followers cut off some fingers, just like he had done to Olivia Warren.  Again, it was an ingenious move on Carroll’s part, and it will be interesting to see how the FBI tries to get around this new problem.

Besides this, we now know Carroll’s next move, as well as the primary motivation behind a good deal of his actions.  Carroll didn’t have his son kidnapped because he wanted to hurt him – he did it to hurt Claire, which in turn would cause Hardy pain because of his feelings for her.  With Joey close to being found, Carroll has now moved on to Claire, which is going to cause the same pain and emotional response by Hardy.  I had always thought that Carroll was strictly motivated by revenge on Hardy because he’s the one who apprehended him, and tonight’s turn of events I think confirmed that.   It also made very clear with the surfacing of two new followers that Carroll does, in fact, have an entire arsenal of serial killer wannabes, which can keep his crazy sequel going for a good, long time.

The Following airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.

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