PASADENA, Calif. - It's going to be a big year for Canadian actor Shawn Ashmore on The Following.
“I think the relationship between Mike (Weston, played by Ashmore) and Ryan (Hardy, played by Kevin Bacon) is a key focal point of this entire season, because it’s such a great parallel,” series creator Kevin Williamson said. “We’ve got Ryan, with all his years and experience, working alongside Mike Weston, who is basically becoming Ryan Hardy before his eyes.
“I think that relationship alone is the centre and focus of most of the season, and Mike’s having a real hard time with it, as you see in the first episode. And that continues. All the brutality and horrific events he witnessed (in season one), that’s nothing compared to what happens this year for him.
"These are two men who should be friends, but Ryan’s just going to push everyone away, because, in his mind, they’re just going to get killed. It would kill Ryan if something happened to Mike. It would just be the end of him. In a lot of ways, the only way he can sort of protect Weston is to push him away."
Valorie Curry also is back as creepy Emma in season two of The Following. Among those new to the cast in key roles are Connie Nielsen, Jessica Stroup and Sam Underwood.