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‘The Following’: Joe’s Execution Day Arrives

Tue, April 28, 2015 12:08am EDT by 7 Comments

All season long has been building up to Joe’s execution, and it took a shocking twist! ‘The Following’ said adios to a major character on April 27’s episode, and it feels very, very final. Here’s our recap!

The Following is throwing us more shockers, and Joe’s execution day proved that things are becoming more intense for Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). Major developments occurred in the tenth episode of season three — and some closure also came about following a shocking death. Find out who died!

‘The Following:’ Joe Dead After Execution Day

“Quoth the raven: Nevermore,” is what Joe says to Ryan right before Joe dies. (Those words will also be haunting our dreams!)

Yep, that’s right — farewell Joe Carroll! The cult leader who has tormented Ryan for years and caused major psychological damage bit the dust — and it looks like for good this time! Honestly, we’ve been waiting for this day to come.

On the morning of Joe’s execution, he holds hostages to lure Ryan to come to him, and much to Joe’s amusement, he finally does. Ryan clearly didn’t listen to his girlfriend Gwen’s pleas to not feed into Joe’s demands. But alas, is Ryan really a follower of Joe?

That’s at least what Joe begs Ryan to admit, after stringing him up with wire and demanding him to admit that Joe is the only one who knows the real him and that’s he’s a “devoted follower.” He also gets Ryan to admit that he had dreams about him, and in those dreams Joe taught him how to kill. Such a twisted relationship they have, and even though Joe is gone, we think it will still drive the show.

Meanwhile, Theo rescues his sister from a drug den and she tells him that she wants Ryan to get killed so Theo won’t go after him. She hacks into the prison’s security and lets out all the prisoners out so they’ll go after Ryan. Of course, that happens and Mr. Hardy ends up killing two people in one bloody fight.

Don’t forget either that Ryan has a little one on the way, as Gwen struggles to tell Ryan about their baby in the episode. But one thing at a time.

In further Ryan and Joe news, Ryan ends up saving Joe from a crazy felon and Joe saves Ryan from him too. With that, Ryan was ready to see Joe die and Joe was in fact, ready. Ryan stays to watch Joe be put on the table to get lethally injected and gets closure from it. Joe’s last words were so fitting: “Quoth the raven: Nevermore.”

Bye, Joe!

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Were you shocked that Joe died? Does it feel final? Tell us your thoughts below!

— Julianne Ishler