The episode starts off with Joe Carroll escaping prison, after he brutally murdered several guardsmen. Ryan Harding is called out of retirement because he put Carroll away before.
Carroll could not have gotten out of jail on his own. He had help. One of his prison guards, who took dogs and killed them, is now Carroll’s protégé. The reason he escaped is because the one woman who got away, he needed to kill her, to finish his “story”.
This new series is quite twisted. We are seeing a serial killer after he was tried, convicted and put in jail. This series is about a man, who is determined to leave a legacy, even bloody one. I was a bit confused by the title; however by the end of the show, it makes perfect sense.
Carroll is an enigmatic man, who excels at teaching, regardless that he is a serial killer. He now has a following, people who will do anything for him, and who will lie in wait for years to help him achieve his goals. He has two men pretend they are gay, just to have them get close to one of the females who got away.
He has a woman posing as a nanny, for his son and when the time is right, the woman snatches the boy and meets the two men before driving off.
This show is going to be about the men and women who follow a crazed serial killer by going out and killing for him and doing anything he says, including kill themselves.
The other interesting thing about this series is that Carroll is obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe; so much so that everything he does from killing to writing books is all with Poe in mind.
As far as first episodes go of a new series, this one did not disappoint. Because Carroll is already in jail, we get to see the story progress through a series of flashbacks. Not only that, we see that Ryan Harding almost died attempting to get Carroll, and he now has a pacemaker. It also appears that something happened in the past, because most of the police/marshals/FBI seems to look at Harding as if he is useless. We already know that he slept with Carroll’s ex-wife, but why all the disrespect?
I give this episode a 5. It really did blow my mind, and as gruesome a story it is, I definitely want more.
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