The Following Season 2: Major Spoiler Alert!

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When we last left The Following on Fox, Ryan Hardy and his ex-wife had both been stabbed.

But while viewers were rather confident Kevin Bacon would return in the former role, many wondered whether Natalie Zea had cried her last tear as Claire Matthews.

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The actress has now confirmed, however, that she WILL return as the troubled mother of young Joey... although initial plans called for producers to kill Claire off.

"My concern, and [series creator] Kevin Williamson's concern, was always, is there more story to tell with Claire?" Zea told TV Guide Magazine.

Fox executives have apparently convinced the pair that there is because they thought fans would turn on the show for killing off its heroine.

It's unclear just what role Claire will play on The Following Season 2, though, which kicks off in early 2014. But Zea has an idea.

"She might have to break bad a little bit," the beautiful actress says. "Although I don't know if anyone besides me would want that."

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