The cult of evil

A for­mer FBI agent has to race against time to put a se­rial killer back in his cage in The Fol­low­ing.

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The Fol­low­ing (2013-2015) is no or­di­nary ac­tion se­ries with a de­tec­tive chas­ing a killer. It’s a lot darker – not only is se­rial killer Joe Car­roll (James Pure­foy) sadis­tic, me­thod­i­cal and vi­o­lently macabre, the man told to hunt him down is strug­gling with his own demons that threaten to de­stroy his mind. For­mer FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Ba­con) caught Joe the first time, when he stabbed 14 women to death. But can Ryan do it again when Joe leaves a bloody trail of bod­ies af­ter he es­capes his max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison? It will be tough, says Kevin, es­pe­cially as Joe has built him­self a cult of blood­thirsty, de­voted fol­low­ers. “I knew from the first read that it was go­ing to be dark. Just not this dark,” Kevin adds.

MEET THE CAST

Joe Car­roll is played by Bri­tish 1

ac­tor James Pure­foy (John Waller in lo­cally shot mini-se­ries Roots, 2016). “Joe Car­roll isn’t your av­er­age se­rial killer,” ex­plains James. “Imag­ine a bril­liant, ma­lig­nant, ni­hilis­tic se­rial killer who finds a way to bring other se­rial killers to­gether to form a cult. That’s who Joe is.” Be­fore his mur­der spree, Joe was a pro­fes­sor at Vir­ginia State Univer­sity who was ob­sessed with poet Edgar Al­lan Poe and his be­lief that there’s noth­ing more beau­ti­ful than the death of a beau­ti­ful woman.

Claire Matthews is played by 2

Natalie Zea (Car­rie in 2012 and 2013 on com­edy se­ries Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion, 2007-2014). She is Joe’s ex-wife and mom to his son Joey (Kyle Catlett). She was one of Joe’s col­leagues at var­sity and she had an on-off re­la­tion­ship with Ryan af­ter Joe’s ar­rest.

Ryan Hardy is played by film star 3

Kevin Ba­con (Ren in 1984 dance movie Foot­loose. “He’s sur­rounded by death,” says Kevin. “Ryan is a work­ing­class guy who caught a se­rial killer and since then, he’s lost di­rec­tion in his life. He is a trou­bled al­co­holic. Only when Joe es­capes does Ryan feel like he has a pur­pose. That brings him back to life.”

Mike We­ston is por­trayed by 4

Shawn Ash­more (Ice­man in 2014 su­per­hero film X-Men: Days Of Fu­ture Past). He’s a ris­ing tal­ent in the FBI and wrote his the­sis on Joe Car­roll. Ryan is his hero and Mike helps hide Ryan’s al­co­holism. NB! See more on p71.

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