james purefoy the following comic con 2013 appearance fox 'The Following' panel at Comic Con 2013: James Purefoy surprises, reveals plans to return for Season 2Comic-Con panels are known for the surprise appearances and Friday’s (July 19) panel for the FOX hit thriller “The Following” was no different.

James Purefoy, who portrayed serial killer Joe Carroll (and seemingly died) in Season 1, wasn’t scheduled to attend 2013 Comic-Con, but he made a fan-pleasing surprise appearance in character via a “phone call” with co-star Kevin Bacon‘s Ryan Hardy.

During the call, “Joe” made it clear that Purefoy would be returning as a series regular for the highly-anticipated second season, set to debut in January 2014. “On the contrary, Ryan, I’m very much alive and kicking,” he said. “My apologies for not calling sooner … You didn’t really think you could do a Comic-Con panel without me?”

When asked for details about Purefoy’s return, creator Kevin Williamson kept mum, only offering, “Yeah, I guess he might be alive. Of course Joe Carroll will figure into next season.”

Watch the moment below and let us know, “Following” fans, are you relieved that Purefoy will be back as Joe Carroll to torment Ryan Hardy for another season?

Posted by:Billy Nilles