If The Following s Season 1 finale left you slack jawed with more than a few burning questions don t fret TVLine was right there with you and we tracked down the Fox drama s executive producer Marcos Siega for some answers.
Here one of the brains behind the series discusses whether or not Joe Carroll truly met his demise how some dearly departed faces might pop up again next year what a very different Season 2 has in store and much more.
TVLINE Can you definitively say that Joe is dead I ve been getting text messages all morning from friends and family and some people are saying I loved it Best episode yet. I can t believe you killed Joe And others are like You expect me to think you killed Joe Laughs Some people believe he s gone and some people think that we ll figure out a way to bring him back but all I can say is that creator/showrunner Kevin Williamson knew where he wanted this thing to go. We shot a couple of different versions to protect ourselves in terms of how we were going to present it to the audience and then after we showed it to Warner Bros. and Fox and talked about it we put together the version that made the most sense. But how it plays out is part of the fun of doing a cliffhanger.
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TVLINE Was it always the plan to kill him by the end of the season Wow you re trying to trap me Laughs
TVLINE No I just know that things can change or develop organically as you move through the season. The same thing goes for the various characters you killed off along the way. Laughs With the actors who didn t know I sat down with every single actor early on and I mean top to bottom and told them that we know where the season is going and that I wasn t going to tell them if or when they re going to die but they needed to know that in this story no one is safe. Everyone understands that a show like this has those kinds of stakes. But I do struggle with some of the things we ve laid out. I knew from the day we cast Annie Parisse as Parker that she was going to meet some big demise and that s what changes it evolves in terms of how and when it s going to happen. But then I fell in love with Annie as a person and with Parker as a character and I wondered why we had to kill her . But you realize that it all serves the greater purpose. Parker s death services Ryan s Hardy s character and it s part of the building blocks of who he is and who he s going to become in Season 2 So the short answer is yes we knew and know where we re going but I can t really tell you specifics because that s the fun of it.
TVLINE So back to Joe s death specifically All I ll say is the way that it ended is always the way that I knew it would end.
TVLINE Do you think this is a show that could move forward without Joe Could this ever be a series with various Big Bads or new branches of the cult I give you mad props Meg for the creative way you re asking me to tell you if Joe is dead or alive. Laughs I have full confidence in Kevin Williamson s ability if he chose to write a character that is as compelling as Joe Carroll We got people to root for Joe right We got you to fall in love with Joe Carroll the serial killer. So I do think we could do it again if we needed to But I don t think it s that black and white for us. There s a big picture here. Kevin s been very vocal about this being a passion project for him he s gone through a lot of stages and evolution about how he s going to tell the story But I do know that when he first sat down he knew how three seasons could play out and he could build beyond that. He had a solid foundation when he started.
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TVLINE You mentioned at a recent event that you shot some extra footage that you ll be able to use in Season 2. Is that just flashback type stuff Or will is actually service the story There are some things we shot as alternates Because it was the finale and we wouldn t have the opportunity to go back and reshoot we protected ourselves. And there are some things we shot that we know are absolutely essential to next season in A) answering questions B) satisfying the audience and C) propelling the story. We have a little bit of everything in what we shot and it was all very deliberate.
TVLINE Given the way the finale ended do you guys already have a place in mind for where Season 2 will pick up There s a plan and framework in place yes. Once the writers room starts up that s when things start to evolve and new ideas come out. But we re not going in with a white board with no ideas on it.
TVLINE Looking back at Season 1 is there anything you re particularly proud of And on the flip side is there anything you maybe would have done differently I haven t had that conversation with Kevin so I can t speak for him. But I personally was surprised at how the Jacob/Paul story evolved early on and it became my favorite storyline. I found myself really invested in these two guys and wanting to see more. I knew where we were going with it and how much of that story we were going to tell but I kept thinking that maybe we would alter it a little bit since people were responding to it. Those are the sort of things that surprise me. I wouldn t have predicted that early on But at the end of the day because Kevin has such a strong framework it would have pulled too many strings and unraveled too many things if he d deviated from that Also at the beginning of the season I would sometimes bring up how we could give Ryan Hardy a bit more depth. In Episode 6 when he s held hostage at the farmhouse we really got to see a sassier side of him when he was bantering with the captors and I really loved that. I kept pushing for more of that Hardy too and I think we will see more of that.
TVLINE Tight lipped as you are I know you have a good Season 2 tease somewhere in you. We put it all out there in terms of what we d want the audience to be guessing Who really died How do you resolve it How do you move forward if people die What I can say about Season 2 is that it s a very different season but at the same time it will feel like a continuation of the story. There s no way to tell the same story again we can t have the exact same moments of jeopardy because then people will get bored and it s predictable. The brilliance behind the series that Kevin has built is that he s seen how these steps need to evolve. The thing that s going to surprise people most I hope is that the fans will become as invested in that story as they were in this one and even more so because now they know these characters and we ll have to spend less time explaining backstory.Follow MegMasters