the following james purefoy joes beard 'The Following' Season 2 character photos: Why does Joe Carroll have a beard?

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding James Purefoy‘s return to “The Following” for Season 2 since serial killer and cult leader Joe Carroll supposedly died in the Season 1 finale of the FOX thriller.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind: Did Joe really die in that fire if Purefoy is back as a series regular for Season 2? We can’t exactly reveal the answer to that question (why would we spoil your fun?), as Joe could be back in flashbacks or in some other way that doesn’t necessarily mean he survived the fire — the public definitely thinks he died that day. But the just-released character photos for “The Following” Season 2 certainly add another layer to that mystery.

Purefoy’s character photo shows Joe sporting some serious facial hair. If he did survive the fire, is he living incognito with one heck of a beard? Or did Joe have the fuzzy face years ago? 

Check out Purefoy and the other series regulars’ character photos in “The Following” Season 2 first look photos gallery here

“The Following” Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 19 immediately after the NFC Championship Game (approx. 10:30 p.m. ET) on FOX.

Posted by:Sydney Bucksbaum