Well, that was suspenseful, to say the least.
It's not too often that viewers receive back stories into the bad guys, but that's just what The Following Season 3 Episode 3 gave us.
Though it was interesting, it was probably more time spent on a character who ultimately ended up dying than we really needed.
That's not to say it was all unnecessary by any means. After all, we witnessed just how far Ryan and Mike are willing to go for justice, and just how far Max isn't willing to go.
Look, I have no problem playing good cop/bad cop, but only if it's just playing. I can't cover up anything else. I won't.Max
Max was able to stop them this time, but what will happen next time? Max wants to be a good cop and do what's right, but how long will she be able to keep it up before Ryan and Mike drag her down to their level?
It may not matter if Max is the next target. Let's face it, if something happens to her, there isn't anyone who'd be able to stop Ryan from breaking every rule in the book in order to get her back.
I admit they got me at the end. I was definitely expecting Mark to be lurking in the shadows instead of her boyfriend, but it appears he has just delayed the inevitable. Kyle and Daisy are setting up surveillance in her apartment, but why? Who was the woman who gave them the folder and what is their end game?
Mark is suspicious of them now. Well, I guess technically Luke is, but either way Mark is going to be keeping an eye on them. Personally I hope we the viewers get to find out what they're up to before he does. One thing's for sure, if Mark finds out they're betraying him, it won't be pretty.
Romance is a factor going forward. Ryan and Gwen are adorable. I loved watching him cling to her after his nightmare and his speech when he asked her to move in with him was super sweet. Will he be able to keep his promise?
Ryan: I should tell you to run. I should tell you to get as far away from me as you can, as far away from this violence that surrounds me, but I can't do it. I know it's selfish, but losing you, it would destroy me. I love you.
Gwen: I love you too. But, I need you to promise me something.
Gwen: No secrets, if we're living together, that wall that you have up has to come down. Can you do that?
Ryan: Yeah, yeah I can.
I hope so. Ryan deserves some happiness and if Gwen dies, or worse, turns out to be one of the bad guys, I'll be really disappointed.
There's also an obvious love triangle in the works between Max, Mike, and Tom, but really, we have gotten no information on Tom so far. We need a reason to care about this guy, because right now he's nothing more than an obstacle in the way of Max and Mike. Really, why even bother toying with the idea that they're not going to get back together? We all know it's going to happen.
Okay, back to crazy, sadistic Neil who apparently has a soft spot for kids and his father. I'm honestly not sure what we were supposed to get from all of that. Were we supposed to feel sorry for Neil because he was abused as a kid? The way Neil kept evading the agents had me wondering if he would actually make it out of the episode alive, especially when he called to threaten Daisy. Thankfully that didn't happen.
Mark kidnapping the reporters was more of a catalyst to raise his suspicions of Kyle and Daisy than it was about him wanting to expose the truth. It didn't go so well for him anyway, but the story line served its purpose.
All in all, this felt like a filler meant to raise questions to be answered later. I hope next week's double dose answers some of them.
What did you guys think? What are your theories on Kyle and Daisy? What do you think will happen to Max? Are you glad Neil is dead?
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Stacy Glanzman was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in March, 2019.