Who knew scary could be so sexy?
The Following on Monday took the already twisted love triangle of Emma, Paul and Jacob to steamy new heights when — after the latter botched a kill — his at-odds other halves teamed up, “fixed” his mistake and decided to rinse off the day in a shower… together. But that’s not all. The newly-bonded pair also took it upon themselves to show Jacob their united front by inviting him to suds it up, too.
So, what’s next for the, ahem, threesome? Does Emma truly accept Paul? Will Jacob’s lackluster kill record impact his relationship(s)? In the interview below, The Following‘s scene-stealer Valorie Curry answers those questions and more.
TVLINE | Creator Kevin Williamson once described that shower scene to reporters as a threesome, though not in the traditional sense of the word. How would you explain what happened in those final moments?
It’s so much more emotional than it is sexual. Obviously it is a threesome, but what is so important to Emma about that moment is that it’s a moment of total vulnerability on her part — with Paul and of their acceptance of each other. That is a huge risk! Anytime she lets herself become emotionally vulnerable, she lets down her guard. But they all sort of agree to do that. It’s this huge step they take in terms of trusting each other.
TVLINE | Does Emma genuinely like Paul now? Will there be a noticeable shift in their dynamic moving forward?
They do all genuinely care for each other, but at the same time, it’s a big step that they take — both emotionally and physically — and everyone’s going to have different reactions to that. There’s an aftermath to it that I think people will be surprised by.
TVLINE | Is there any concern among the trio that perhaps Emma and Paul will bond over their lust to kill, leaving Jacob out of the loop?
That’s going to be a very important part of our dynamic and our relationship. It’s one thing to acknowledge and accept Jacob for where he is in his evolution, but at the same time, he is part of a cult of serial killers and that can only last for so long. At some point, we all need him to take the same steps that we have. So, that’s definitely going to become a major point of conflict.
TVLINE | Is love the only thing preventing Emma and Paul from “removing” Jacob from the team after his failed kill?
Yes, we do love him and that’s why at the end of Episode 4 we accept him for who he is. But at the end of the day, we can’t make any moves without Joe. If Joe is accepting him as he is and willing to be patient, we would never cross that… Emma would never dispatch anyone without Joe’s approval — especially within the inner-circle.
TVLINE | Threesome aside, it seems little Joey might soon become an issue for the group.
Emma genuinely loves Joey — partly because he is the son of Joe Carroll, and partly because she has raised him for the past two years. She’s so close to him, and she’s very protective of him. He’s so smart — he is the son of Joe Carroll — so he picks up on things quickly… As far as she’s concerned, when she talks to Joey about his dad maybe not being a bad man, maybe he’s just misunderstood, she’s telling the truth to him. She doesn’t feel like she’s telling lies. She [thinks she's] really doing well by this child by taking him away from his mother and the protection of the FBI. But there will be a lot of points where he’s at odds with his own growing fears as he sees this cult expand and all of these people come into play.