"The Following" saw the love triangle take things up a level in Monday, Feb. 11's episode 4, "Mad Love," and we chatted with Adan Canto and Nico Tortorella recently about what's coming up next after that on the FOX drama. If you haven't seen the episode, look away now because there will be spoilers for "Mad Love."
The latest episode of "The Following" saw Jacob's (Tortorella) secret that he hasn't killed yet come out, and while things have been tense for the love triangle in the farmhouse thus far, "Mad Love" took things to another level as it ended with the three showering together after Paul (Canto) and Emma (Valorie Curry) recaptured Megan after Jacob let her go.
Examiner.com: In episode 4, we saw what happened to Maggie after she lost Rick. Is there a possibility that he could do something similar if he loses Emma or Jacob?
Adan Canto: "I think you'll learn what Paul is capable and willing to do through these flashbacks. …All I can say is expect anything."
How will things change for Paul going forward once Jacob's secret is out he hasn't killed anyone?
Canto: "I think that's one of the things that changes Paul's situation, but not necessarily the only one. Inevitably things are going to continue changing as episodes pass …I think it's something that kind of limits us somehow. When you have a lie, nobody likes to have to control a lie because you have to work on the lie over the lie over the lie."
How do the new developments for the love triangle in episode 4 affect Paul going forward? He and Jacob may have been involved before in flashbacks, but before that shower, things got pretty tense between him and Emma at times…
Canto: "In Paul's mind, I think he's more on the side of, the more, the merrier. He's just happy to at last be—nobody wants to be sleeping with the enemy. It's not just about power struggles and we don't want to have a war within the family or a battle within the family. As long as we all get along, it's great."
In episode 4 in the flashback of Jacob visiting Joe [played by James Purefoy] in prison, he mentions that he can't go back to his old life. Is that something that we'll see explored? Does that factor into why he hasn't killed anyone?
Nico Tortorella: "We'll definitely see it move forward and I don't think specifically it has anything to do with why he hasn't killed anybody."
Did you know from the beginning that he had never killed or did you find that out when you got the script of the episode?
Tortorella: "I found out when I got the script."
What did you think?
Tortorella: "I really liked it. I think it just adds a whole other layer to Jacob. He's not such a surface character like some of the other characters are, and it just leads for this arc that is a possibility of happening. It's just interesting."
How does that make his mindset different from the others' going forward, especially once his secret is out?
Tortorella: "He's just ashamed. He just knows that he's been lying and some people are a lot better at lying to people than others are, and once that lie is revealed, it's just shame. And proving that he can actually be part of this bigger picture."
He had mentioned that he wanted to be part of it so badly, will we see why that is?
After episode 4, is it just a matter of time before Jacob's first kill? Megan is still in the basement, and there's only so long they can keep her there...
Tortorella: "The story progresses quite well. …There's a whole lot that happens at that farm house."
What's coming up for the love triangle after that shower scene?
Tortorella: "Just trying to maneuver through three people who love and caring about each other and I don't think that that shower scene is really sexually based as much as it's acceptance-based and how the three of us all work together and it definitely gets very interesting."
How does it affect Jacob going forward since he had relationships with both Paul and Emma before?
Tortorella: "He had his separate relationships with both of them and now it's kind of coming into fruition this one family unit and he gets freaked out about it and he's just trying to figure out how it's all going to work and what this all means and how it's going to go from there."
Will the new developments for the love triangle affect their plans with Joey [played by Kyle Catlett]?
Speaking of Joey, is what we see on the video at the end of episode 3, we see Jacob coaching him to kill the mouse, is that something that's going to be explored further?
Tortorella: "That video was mostly for Ryan Hardy, not so much for Joey as it was for Joey."
For the shock factor to be like, "This is what we can do"?
Tortorella: "Yeah, that's definitely part of it. That's a huge part of it."
Does that touch upon something in Jacob since he hasn't killed yet or is not something he's thinking about?
Tortorella: "Absolutely, but at the same time, a mouse is a lot different from a human in his eyes, and he has to still come off as being part of this big picture."
And also regarding Joey, by episode 4, it seems like Joey could begin to figure out that something's not right. There's only so long they can go telling him he can't call his mother, right?
Tortorella: "Oh absolutely. He's Joe Carroll's son. He's a child prodigy. It doesn't take long before he starts to realize what's going on."
Does that mean there are scenes coming up between you and Ryan Hardy?
"The Following" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX. Check out our interviews with Adan Canto and Nico Tortorella for more about Paul and Jacob. What are you hoping to see next for the three followers in the farmhouse?