More details about the upcoming season 2 of "The Following" have been shared by series creator Kevin Williamson. According to the screenwriter, Ryan starts his life anew in the aftermath of the first season finale, but he's apparently still obsessed with Joe and his cult.
The new season takes place 2 years after the events in the first season. Ryan is now teaching, sober, and no longer involved in law enforcement in any capacity. "Ryan's actually trying to put the pieces back together but he can't get away from Joe Carroll and Joe's cult," Williamson dishes.
Ryan is pulled back to the case that ruined his life before when a cult of Joe's followers commit a grisly mass murder on a subway car. Ryan appears to be hesitantly joining the investigation, but Kevin Bacon who plays the main protagonist character says, "There is a Jekyll and Hyde aspect to Ryan this year. On the surface he's really keeping it together but in the darker corridors of his psyche, maybe not so much."
"The Following" will return with "Resurrection" on Sunday, January 19 after the NFC Championship Game on FOX. The fate of the major villain, James Purefoy's Carroll, remains unknown but the actor has been confirmed to return for the show's sophomore run.