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A Bit of Mystery Surrounding Natalie Zea’s Possible Return for Season 2 of The Following

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A Bit of Mystery Surrounding Natalie Zea's Possible Return for Season 2 of The FollowingYou just can’t trust the Internet. For a short while there was a story on TVGuide.com about Natalie Zea returning for Season 2 of “The Following,” which of course got picked up by other sites, but now the original article has been removed. Hmm… a case of too much information too soon?

In any event, in a nutshell, most viewers thought Zea’s character, Claire Matthews, was killed at the end of Season 1 so her return – if indeed it is happening – is a bit of a change of course for the show, especially since the actress (who’ll next be seen in CBS’ “Under the Dome”) said, “My concern, and [series creator] Kevin Williamson’s concern, was always, is there more story to tell with Claire? And we both discovered that maybe there wasn’t.” However, Fox execs weren’t so quick to let their leading lady go so the season finale was edited two different ways.

Will Claire live on in the current day or just in flashbacks, a device the series often uses? If she does survive, Zea hopes Claire will undergo a transformation: “I feel like what would need to happen would be a change to her DNA. In other words, she might have to break bad a little bit. Although I don’t know if anyone besides me would want that.”

Yeah, sounds like a bit of studio tinkering, something Williamson is certainly familiar with, but we’ll see what we can dig up next week at San Diego Comic-Con, where “The Following” is presenting a panel on Friday, July 19th. The series returns midseason on Fox.

3:15pm- The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller The Following returns to Comic-Con for a second year, this time bringing the bacon to Ballroom 20. Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Shawn Ashmore (X- Men: The Last Stand) and Valorie Curry (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) for a Q&A and video presentation. Season 1 left a number of casualties in its wake, including Jacob’s emotional killing of Paul, the kidnapping of Agent Parker that ended in her death, and Emma’s murder of Jacob. The explosive finale featured the highly anticipated face-off between Ryan and Carroll, ending in Carroll’s ultimate demise and leaving Ryan’s true love, Claire, hanging on for her life. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following’s second season premieres midseason on FOX.
Friday July 19, 2013 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Ballroom 20

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The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

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