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The investigation into Joe Carroll's cult turned gruesomely personal for Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) on Monday's episode of The Following. In the final moments...
Has Joe Carroll lost his mojo?
The serial killer at the heart of Fox's The Following seems to have been taken down a few notches this season. On last week's episode, Carroll (James Purefoy) began to question his talents as a writer, and even his No. 1 devotee, Emma (Valorie Curry) is starting to see cracks in the pedestal on which she's placed him.
"She knows now that he is fallible, whereas before he was very godlike to her," Curry tells TVGuide.com. "Now, she's borne the brunt of his mistakes, of his weaknesses. ... Their relationship is going to be different going forward, [with Emma] knowing now that he is capable of making mistakes. He also admits that he needs her ... as a partner, not so much as a follower."
It's been double trouble for Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI on The Following, thanks to the terrifying twins Mark and Luke (both played by Sam Underwood). But despite what we've learned so far about the diabolical duo, viewers shouldn't assume that Luke is the one who's calling all the shots, according to Underwood.
"On the surface, [Luke is the leader], yes," Underwood tells TVGuide.com. "But Mark also has a huge amount of power over Luke. You see that in the first episode when Luke is about to go all crazy on Carlos. Just before he's about to kill him, Mark kind of reins him in. ... He has the ability to be able to do that with Luke because of their relationship. Luke is the front-man of the band. He's the Paul McCartney. But Mark is the Ringo Starr. He's there keeping it all together, even though he's not at the very front."
Slowly but surely, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is closing in on Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) on Fox's The Following. But that doesn't mean he won't face more than a few obstacles on the way to confronting his nemesis.