joe carroll ryan hardy the following 320 'The Following' finale trailer: Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy will leave you breathless in the final chapterIf you thought this week’s episode of “The Following” was anxiety-inducing, you’d better grab your inhaler before you watch the trailer for the Monday, April 29 season finale, titled “The Final Chapter.”

Joe is officially unhinged — even for a serial killer — and with the FBI as close as they’ve ever been to apprehending him, his behavior grows even more erratic, and Claire’s chance of survival grows increasingly hopeless.

In a nod to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial,” Joe’s followers have buried Agent Parker alive — and while she’s got no idea where she is, she is able to reach Ryan with her cell phone, kicking off a harrowing race against the clock. Meanwhile, Joe seems to be leading Claire to the ocean (perhaps his version of Annabel Lee’s morbid “kingdom by the sea”) to face her own end.

We can expect to see a major showdown of good vs. evil, but given the considerable amount of darkness that dwells in Ryan, Joe might be in for a few surprises himself.

Check out the trailer below, and don’t forget to tune in April 29 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie