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'The Following' creator 'wants viewers to see beyond the violence'

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The Following creator Kevin Williamson has asked viewers to "see beyond" the show's violent scenes.

The Kevin Bacon drama has attracted controversy due to its levels of on-screen bloodshed, with Fox chief Kevin Reilly dismissing claims that the show glorifies violence.

The Following S01E02: 'Chapter Two'

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"It's a thriller, of course, but [some people seem] to be very much focused on the violence," Williamson admitted to Assignment X.

"I'd love for people to be able to see beyond that. I don't write the show for the violence, so... I would be sad if that's all people got from it."

Williamson also hinted at the show's future, explaining that serial killer Joe Carroll's master plan would continue into a potential second season.

"Joe Carroll has got a plan," said the writer/producer. "He's building to something that he very, very much wants and needs, and whether or not Ryan (Kevin Bacon) can stop it or not remains to be seen.

"It involves Ryan and it also launches us into our second season."

The Following, Sky Atlantic, Tue 22 Jan 10pm

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Both Bacon and his co-star James Purefoy - who plays Joe Carroll - have spoken out to defend The Following from criticism.

The Following airs on Fox in the US and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

> The Following episode two review: "A marked improvement"

Watch James Purefoy talk to Digital Spy about The Following below:

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