The Following Series Finale Ends On a Major Cliffhanger: Who Died? Who …

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The Following Season 3 Episodes 14 & 15 Review: “Dead or Alive” / “The Reckoning”.

The Following signed off on Monday by answering the question of whether Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) could actually get a happy ending following the death of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).Tonight on FOX their hit psychological thriller, returns with an all new Monday, May 18 season 3 finale called “Dead or Alive; The Reckoning,” and we have your weekly recap below.In the opening scene of the first of two episodes tonight, Mike is wheeled into the hospital with Max trailing behind, bloody and nearly out of her mind.

In this week’s episode, titled “Dead or Alive” and “The Reckoning”, we get a 2-hour series finale as Ryan and Theo get ready for their final battle while Mike fights for his life. The season/series (I’m phrasing it this way, because EW reported several days ago that Sony is currently shopping the show to other distributors, but FOX has been calling it the “series”) finale of was certainly gripping and exciting to the very last second, but I’m not totally satisfied.

On tonight’s episode, in the series finale, the FBI’s hunt for Theo [Michael Ealy] intensifies as some of their own are attacked, suspicions mount, alliances crumble and no one appears safe. In the wake of Theo (Michael Ealy) kidnapping Gwen (Zuleikha Robinson) with an aim to raise Ryan’s unborn child to be a serial killer, Ryan shot this season’s bad guy, who ultimately got the last laugh by sending them both over a bridge to the dangerous waters below.

On the last episode an increasingly reckless Ryan continues his search for Theo, as Mark and Daisy discover information that lead them closer to the FBI than ever and puts Mike in a dangerous situation. EW caught up with executive producer Alexi Hawley to find out what would’ve happen had the show been renewed: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you ever consider changing the ending and actually killing Ryan, or was there not enough time once you found out the show was canceled? This week, on the season/series finale of The Following: The fight with Theo and Daisy comes to a head as they drag Gina Mendez back into things, hoping to get to Ryan. He goes from devastated to absolutely furious before getting up and telling Daisy, “I know what I have to do.” Ryan pulls Gwen aside and asks her how she’s feeling and tells her that once this is over, he’ll be leaving the FBI.

The reality of it is given the way we were airing our last four episodes back-to-back and then back-to-back, we had to lock everything before we found out our fate. Personally, I feel like the ending is incredibly dynamic in the way it would’ve held us into season 4 if we had one, but I also feel like, as a place to leave off, it leaves off with more story left to tell, which I don’t think is a bad thing.

In the meantime, hit up the comments and tell us your thoughts on the second season of the show! #TheFollowing series finale begins with Mike being loaded into an ambulance after the violent stabbing attack by Mark. She realizes she has no leverage if she refuses to help him — her reputation will be gone — and so she gives him two guys so they can take down Ryan Hardy.

We set out at the beginning of the season to tell this story and we wanted to end it with Ryan coming to realize that the questions he’s been asking for three seasons—”Can I have a life outside of my obsession? Even after last week, when they wrapped the Mark/Mike storyline, I was convinced that they would wrap the Theo story and leave the door open for a Season 4.

The idea that people with almost unlimited resources could actually protect themselves and their evil proclivities would’ve been an interesting direction to take the show. People with those kind of resources who can corrupt FBI agents like Lisa Campbell (Diane Neal), who have money to buy off anybody, would’ve changed the show in a really interesting way. Perhaps they were just doing a great job of creating sympathy for Ryan (I’ll get to that in a minute), but I mean the guy hunts serial killers for a living and he gets NO slack.

The only reason I bring these up is that rarely do the writers and creative team of this show tip their hand, and it lessens my enjoyment a little when they do. Ryan wakes up in the trunk of a car, and Theo tells him, “Can’t wait to see which one of us survives.” Neither one of them are optimistic about their odds. How do you come out of it a good person?” At this stage, knowing the risks, knowing the dangers to everybody he loves, Lisa Campbell was obviously a bad guy and people were dead because of her. Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Jessica Stroup, James Purefoy, Kevin Williamson, Alexi Hawley, and all the other people that have worked on the show should be very proud of it.

We thought that him conquering that at the end of [episode] 13, having gone down this really dark path, but to ultimately get a little redemption was a powerful moment. She wants to know what Ryan found out about her and the people she works for, going so far as to hold up a picture of Gwen’s ultrasound as a threat. That felt like the most compelling—even though it was the meanest thing we could do—version of their proclaiming their love and also dovetailing with Mike and Mark (Sam Underwood) on the resolution to their story. Obviously Mike survives, but I don’t know if you noticed, but our last shot on Mark, he actually has the trace of a smile on his face because he thinks that he’s succeeded. Max clears the place and Eliza says there’s a few empty units on the floor then offers to take Ryan’s card and call him if she sees them hanging around.

Eliza is ready to kill Theo but he says he cracked her encryption and if he dies, a download of all their info will be released to all news organizations.

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