'The Following' finale: Who lived to see Season 2 in the final showdown between Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy?

Watching "The Following" is a little bit like watching a horror movie where the heroine runs up the stairs instead of out the door... which is oddly appropriate. Kevin Williamson's "Scream" series mocked horror tropes while embracing them, and "The Following" takes a similar stance on the craft of writing and the archetypes and cliches that Edgar Allan Poe originated.Often driven by emotion instead of training, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) tends to make rookie mistakes here and there: showing up alone to meet a serial killer in an abandoned lighthouse at night never did anyone any good. Still, despite our occasional shouts at the television as Ryan goes left when we know he should go right, the series' first season ended on a deeply unsettling -- and, thus, extremely satisfying -- note. "The Following" didn't necessarily turn out to be the show we expected it to be, which isn't a bad thing. So often on television,...



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