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Season 3 | Episode 10 | “Evermore” | Aired Apr 27, 2015

Last night’s episode of The Following brought an end to one of its leading characters. Yes, Joe Carroll is dead. Like, for real this time. In preparation for “Evermore,” we asked ourselves several questions. And while this outing delivered some answers, the story moves on as Ryan Hardy lives to fight another villain. The questions flow again—as does the whiskey.

“Welcome to the last day of the rest of your life,” says a prison guard to Joe. And so we begin.

Hardy watches frantic news coverage of Joe’s execution. Reporters keep trying to call for comments, but Hardy is not talking. Gwen is over it all, and turns off the TV. She wants to go to a movie (what?), but Hardy can’t. He says he needs to keep busy and leaves.

Joe’s appointed attorney, Dana, and a couple full-on SWAT guys enter Joe’s cell to transport him to the execution room. As he’s wheeled in front of other prison cells, he proudly taunts the other inmates.

Over at the FBI, Hardy enters to see a bunch of agents making bets as to how long it’ll take Joe to die. Ugh. Hardy is ready to focus on Theo.

Speaking of which, last we left Theo, he was at a new mystery house—another identity. Well, this one turns out to be his true identity. He “saves” his unconscious sister, Penny (Megalyn Echikunwoke), from a crack house and kills her angry boyfriend.

Back at the prison, things take a turn for the crazy when Joe takes out a couple SWAT guys (with that tiny tool) and takes a doctor, his lawyer, and the governor’s chief of staff hostage. The FBI is on alert—and Hardy watches the prison video feed as Joe taps into the system and requests Hardy’s presence. He’s got two hours—or everyone dies.

Penny wakes up in her home and wanders through the house. She finds a tortured, tied-up man in a closet—and then sees Theo. No biggie. She knows Theo and his antics. He lets her know about his recent, unintended infamy. Because his pictures are out there, things are different. Theo gets an alert to the hostage crisis and flips on the TV.

Hardy arrives at the prison. He’s ready to see Joe—unarmed, mind you. He calls Gwen. Understandably, she’s scared for Hardy and she tries to tell him about the baby (she’s pregnant, remember?). Bad timing, girl. He doesn’t need anything that’s going to rattle his nerves.

The Following - Evermore - Weston, Hardy, and Max

Hardy gives up his badge to Max and Weston, and begins to make his way to Joe. He passes the other inmates and comes to a door. THE door. Joe and Hardy talk through a tiny window; Joe orders him to take off his jacket and shirt and handcuff himself. After a brief, kind of humorous argument, Joe agrees to release one hostage (the doctor) before Hardy enters the room. He walks in and Joe shocks him with some sort of super-Taser.

Back to Theo. His new plan involves Strauss and that darn code he’s trying to crack. Theo tells Penny that the code will reveal a name that can give him back his anonymity. But he needs to kill Hardy first.

Hardy wakes up to find a wire around his neck—and Joe is pulling it from the other end. Here we go. Joe tells Hardy that he’s staging an intervention. He needs Hardy to admit that Joe is the most important relationship in Hardy’s life. Elsewhere in the prison, Weston comforts Max—and the SWAT guys ready themselves to storm the place.

Joe makes one hostage, the chief of staff, tie up the other hostage—his lawyer, Dana. Joe threatens to remove her eye if Hardy doesn’t begin talking. Finally he does. He tells Joe about his recent dreams—where Hardy and Joe are friends. They drink together and Joe teaches him how to kill. All true, remember? This makes Joe very happy and he removes the wire from Hardy’s neck. Hardy then admits to enjoying killing. Again, Joe is pleased and removes Hardy’s handcuffs. And then Hardy punches Joe in the stomach. Joe allows himself to then be handcuffed.

Stories begin to cross when Theo hacks into the prison’s security system. He can basically do anything he wants, but it’s his sister who causes mayhem. She unlocks the other inmates’ cells and locks all other doors. So just as Hardy is walking through with Joe and the hostages, they’re attacked by some very, very bad prisoners.

One prisoner takes Joe back to his cell. Another two take the lady lawyer outside. And the rest? Well, they take on Hardy. No worries. It’s Ryan Hardy. While the chief of staff gets shivved, Hardy fights the rest—and wins. He goes after the guys who took the lawyer. Again, he wins. And he’s off for the one who took Joe. While Joe is getting strangled, Hardy briefly wrestles with whether or not to stop the fight. He does—and wins (duh). In a rather telling moment, Hardy offers a hand to help Joe to his feet. It’s official. Hardy is broken—or mended, depending on how you look at it.

On TV, Theo and Penny see that the hostage crisis is over. He gets angry with her, telling her she almost ruined everything. Theo confesses that Hardy is the key to their future—they need him for leverage.

A changed man, Hardy (finally) calls Gwen. He tells her he’s sticking around to get closure. And, of course, she doesn’t understand.

The Following - Evermore - Hardy is a changed man

Back to Theo and Penny—and Strauss’ secret code. What could it be, what could it be? Thankfully, in a split-second, they find the H.P. Lovecraft book quote that the code is related to and … voila! Code is cracked. But it’s not a name—it’s a location.

Despite the chaos, Joe’s execution is still on—and Hardy is the one to tell Joe. They say their goodbyes and Joe presents his final gift, a little tidbit about Theo: He was born of violence in the city of brotherly love.

What follows is actually an incredibly sad and uncomfortable scene. Over the years, we’ve watched Joe joyfully kill many, many times, in gruesome and horrific ways. But this scene, his legal execution, is the hardest to watch. Why? Because it’s so real—and we witness every single unnerving moment. From injection to flatline, we bear witness—like Hardy and the families of Joe’s victims—to the death of Joe Carroll.

The Following - Joe Carroll

Hardy heads to a bar and shares a drink with a phantom Joe, ending Hardy’s sobriety. I imagine this is the beginning of a new and not-so-great version of Ryan Hardy.

RIP, Joe. You were a bad, bad man—yet you will be missed.

Memorable Joe Quotes

Joe: You didn’t think killing me was going to be easy, did you?

Hardy: Why did today have to happen?
Joe: Because you’re my real legacy, Ryan.

The Following airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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