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James Purefoy and Valorie Curry Talk Last Week's The Following, Preview Season Finale (SPOILERS)
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.27.2014

James Purefoy (Joe) and Valorie Curry (Emma) spoke with TV Line about last week's episode, which saw Emma stabbed to death by Joe's ex-wife Claire, and previewed the season finale airing Monday on FOX. Check out the highlights:

Curry on when she found out Emma would die: "I found out while we were in production on Episode 13, which was about two weeks before we shot it. It was Valentine's Day and Marcos [Siega], our executive producer, kindly waited two days after he found out because the 12th was my birthday… It was early in the morning, and I was in my dressing room before a big day of shooting. I get the knock on my door, and he's standing there, curled in on himself, looking very apologetic. I'm like, "I know. It's fine." I ended up comforting him for half a second. [Laughs] I was expecting it, honestly, at this point. I was really happy with what they wrote in the episode – especially that monologue about death and about it being silence and peace, because what I remember when I was reading that I was like, "She wants to die. OK." She had such a miserable time of it since Joe came back… I wanted her to have some peace."

Curry on how Emma's relationship with Joe changed throughout the series: "She loves him, but she's not the adoring child that she was in Season 1, blinded by love. That's what's harder and more tragic: She knows who he is. She knows he doesn't really love her. She knows he's using her, and she has to accept the charade and accept those things in order to be near him because as awful as it is to be with him, it's worse to be without him."

Curry on whether she played Emma as knowing how she was being manipulated: "I think she did. It was kind of funny, because when we shot that scene, we shot that two different ways: one where he was genuine and he hugged me and you know and he was in tears at the end, and then one where he was going cold like that. [Purefoy was] like, "I want you to guess which one I'm doing," and it was so clear." [Laughs]

Purefoy on whether Joe finds out about Emma's death in the finale: "He does, but you know – I think it's quite interesting. Recently there's been some reports in British medical journals that psychopaths may be able to feel empathy. They may be able to turn it on and turn it off at will. With Joe with Emma, he kind of turns it off when he finds out. He cauterizes in that way, emotionally, because she served a purpose to him. While she's alive, she serves a purpose, which is she is a 100 percent loyal follower… As soon as she's dead, she's useless to him. It's sad, but true."

Curry on Emma dying at Claire's hand: "I always, personally, wanted Joe to be the one to kill Emma, but I understand why it was Claire… It's a boon for the fans, that it's Claire and that the good guys get a win."

Purefoy on Joe and Ryan working together to protect Claire from Luke: "What's that movie with Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin? [Midnight Run] It's a little bit like that: There's an element of ‘Your enemy's enemy becomes your friend'… If Ryan needs to rescue the woman he loves from two equally appalling serial killers, then, hey – who's to say you shouldn't team up with somebody who might know a thing or two about serial killers?"

Purefoy on how Joe and Ryan could be friends if the situation was different: "When [Ryan] got caught at the Corbin compound, I felt that Ryan actually admired Joe in some way and enjoyed his company. Joe certainly enjoys Ryan's company. If the writers were looking for a thread to play for Season 3, I certainly wouldn't be averse to, every now and then, them teaming up together… if they both survive the end of this season."


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