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Long Live Joe Carroll

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On episode 3.10 of The Following, the writers made an epic mistake, and ultimately, if this mistake isn't made right, they have killed their own show. We, the fans, do understand that the original idea of The Following was for it to be all about Ryan Hardy's journey; about his persuit of Joe Carroll, and about Ryan's journey after Joe. But thanks to James Purefoy's amazing acting, and the insane chemistry between Purefoy and Kevin Bacon, the show has become so much more. The fans love Joe Carroll. James Purefoy has millions of people loving and rooting for a serial killer/psychopath week in and week out. Season three has been far from great as a result of James/Joe having limited scenes; in fact, though the beginning of season three was more or less torture to watch, we stuck with the show simply because we knew James Purefoy/Joe Carroll would eventually be back on our screens. The writers and the powers that be feel it is time for the "Joe chapter" to end, but the fans disagree. The fans love Joe Carroll. The fans love the love/hate relationship between Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy. We haven't tuned in every week for the last three years to see what's next in Ryan Hardy's journey; we've continued to tune in to see what kind of crazy, sick thing Joe will possibly do next, we continue to tune in to see what's next in the improbable bromance story of Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll. And Joe continuing on as a figment of Hardy's imagination is not good enough. Shouldn't the writers care what the fans want? There is no "The Following" without Joe Carroll. As devoted fans, we want this show to survive, but by killing Joe, they've ensured that the demise of The Following is near. We ask that the powers that be take a good, hard look at what they've done, pay attention to fans' feedback, and realize that killing off Joe Carroll was a mistake, and right your wrong, give The Following a chance to live another season. Bring back Joe Carroll, because no Joe, no show.

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