‘The Following’ Review: Ryan Makes a Great Sacrifice

How could Ryan just walk away from everyone he loves? That must have took a lot of strength.

How could Ryan just walk away from everyone he loves? That must have took a lot of strength.

That was one crazy finale. Just two hours of being on the edge of your seat.

I was surprised that Theo went after Gina. I thought for sure the clear target would be Max. That would be the person Ryan loves as much as Theo loved his sister. I was happy that he went after Gina. That meant we got to see Gina again and she didn’t disappoint. She was so tough. Theo was threatening her family and she stayed strong throughout. Even through everything she was able to protect them. It was nerve wrecking watching, but she was incredible.

Did they really think two agents were going to protect Gina and her family? That was a disaster waiting to happen. They needed multiple agents to really protect them. They keep underestimating Theo.

Things started to take some turns from there. When Gwen was leaving a message for Ryan and letting him hear their child’s heartbeat, I knew something bad was coming, but I could never have predicted how bad it could go. It was an ominous, but beautifully done scene. You just knew Ryan wasn’t going to get to see his kid grow up. It was heartbreaking to watch.

First Theo takes Ryan and then Liza comes back into the mix. Though Liza put her fate into her own hands. Ryan didn’t know anything about her and didn’t even think twice about her. If she had stayed out of it, Ryan wouldn’t be hunting them down.

There was a mole in the F.B.I. all along, Lisa. Another person Ryan was close to. She’s working with Liza’s group and it sounds like the depth of the organization goes deep. What did Ryan learn from her? We may never actually find out.

I’m torn, part of me liked this ending as a series ending and the other part of me wants to know more about this corrupt organization. It seems fitting that Ryan would leave his family to protect them. Max has Mike, and Gwen has them. If Mike didn’t pull through, would he have made the same decision? Luckily Mike did pull through. I would have been very mad at the writers if they killed him off.

Ryan told Gwen he was leaving the F.B.I., but he never could let go. There was always going to be a new bad guy. He needs to hunt them and his family is always going to be in danger. Even when Liza thinks he’s dead, they are still ready to move in on his people. They don’t even know anything.

Theo took one last final stand before he went out. He was going to raise Ryan’s child to be a psychopath. This was a fate worse than death. It was more personal than any of his target’s have gotten before. This flipped a switch in Ryan’s brain. He doesn’t believe his family will ever be safe with him. But it also made him take a life of a F.B.I agent. He’s completely rogue now and I believe he can take this huge organization. When you’re dead, you can do anything you want. Part of me wants to see this happen, but I don’t think any of the other characters will be around to see it. This may be the end of the road for Mike, Max and Gwen, even if another network picked up the show.

Do we want to see Ryan’s new journey? I think I would like to see it in a movie format, but I don’t know if I want to see it in a full season or more. I like Max and Mike and I would want them to be in on the journey too. If this is the end, I’m very happy that Mike and Max ended up together. I always wanted this.

I like that Ryan is sacrificing himself for his family. You can see it hurts him to leave them behind, but he can’t have any more of them die. Max will hurt, but she’ll be alive. At least that’s what I think Ryan is thinking. The same goes with Gwen. He could just get out, but Liza would continue to come after him and you see how well that worked out for Gina.

If this is how ‘The Following’ ends, I like the ending. It’s very fitting to Ryan’s whole journey. We will have to wait and see if we see his next chapter.

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