The Following: Season 1: Episode 5: The Siege Review

Claire Matthews in The Following

With the fifth episode in The Following, this episode again introduces more characters to the mix.  One Olivia Warren, played by Renee Elise Goldsberry, was compromised in 2010 by one of Joe Carroll‘s followers and Joe Carroll himself and now represents Joe Carroll as his attorney and his “messenger.” Warren quotes a passage in Edgar Allen Poe‘s The Masque of the Red Death in Joe Carroll’s press conference, and with that, Olivia Warren knows she has done something she may regret — stirring up Carroll’s followers to action or worse. Meanwhile, back at the farm, Joey Matthews makes an escape to a neighborhood couple, the Sullivans, to warn the police and her mother, Claire Matthews. However, it did not end well for the Sullivans as they attempt to warn the police themselves. Ryan Hardy and a local police officer find the Carroll’s trio farmhouse and attempt to stage a rescue for his son.  He finds Megan is still alive even after the knife wound.  However, the police officer is killed and Ryan Hardy is captured.  Near a restaurant, Claire Matthews is voluntarily captured by one of Carroll’s followers as well. The grand stage is set as all the chess pieces are in play for Joe Carroll.

With this episode, again, there is more exposition and more introductions to more characters.  Although there were three deaths in this episode, Ryan Hardy and Claire Matthews both were captured by Joe Carroll’s followers.  This has been one of the better episodes of The Following, but it is setting up for the season finale. Let the games begin!


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