“The Following” said goodbye to one of the series’ main characters in the April 21 episode.
Zap2it got Valorie Curry on the line to talk about her big death scene, her favorite moments on the series and whether or now we’ll see Emma again in the future. It was actually Valentine’s Day, and Marcos Siega, the director and producer, knocked on my door.
So I opened my door and he had this apologetic look on his face. It made sense for the character, for her arc over the course of the season.
So I was like, “It’s okay, I know,” and I ended up comforting him. Plus, it’s “The Following,” so you’re kind of constantly expecting to die.
[laughs] He actually ended up waiting a few days to tell me because he didn’t want to ruin my birthday. Anytime anybody knocks on your door, you’re suspicious. These are such wonderful people that I’ve been able to work with the past couple of years. And to die by the hands of Claire …I still find it hard to swallow that she lost in a fight to Claire!
My reaction was emotional and definitely more personal because I am sad to see Emma go. [laughs] She must have been doing some serious training. She had some free time while in witness protection. I was completely expecting Emma to come out of that fight victorious. It moved really quickly and we didn’t have a lot of time to rehearse it.
But it was a dirty, rough fight, so I guess it was anyone’s game. And it was crazy cold outside, which to a certain degree that makes your adrenaline kick in. Natalie [Zea] and I had a lot of fun with our catfight last season, so to be able to finish with a knock-down, drag-out fight was a blast.Talk a little bit about Emma’s motivation going into that fight.Why did she disobey Joe’s orders to call him when she found Claire, and instead go straight for her? And at that point, Emma knows she’s being manipulated, but she loves him anyway.It wasn’t motivated by jealousy or about their romantic relationship or anything. She’s willing to accept those crumbs that he’ll give her.It was more about how much control Claire has over Joe. That whole scene was so powerful, with Joe telling Emma that she’s always been the woman behind him and that he loved her and needed her, but when they hugged, his face changed. She’d rather be miserable with him than miserable without him.She knows Claire and Ryan get under his skin and cause him to act irrationally in ways that no one else does, so it was more a matter of eliminating that factor. And at that point, she’s ready to die and she knows that it’s goodbye. She knew that he was willing to sacrifice her, and that she was very possibly going to her death and he was going to his death.