Parker may be The Mole, and part of Carroll's cult.She's not at all forthcoming about her past as a cult investigator, and, at the end of the second episode, she gives Carroll a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's complete works, but something else definitely passes between them, leaving each with a sly little smile. Time will tell.
Like above, Mike Weston is the The Mole.Weston, who is the Carroll expert, was there with Agent Riley as he was laid dying from the stabbing. Its possibly that Agent Riley would be able to survive from a wound like that, given how Made of Iron the characters are. When Hardy left to catch two of Carroll's cultists, Weston smothers Riley, either a rite of passage or as a Mercy Kill. He even looked shocked when Hardy comes back.
The great plan involves Carroll turning Hardy into a great detective so that he can twist him into becoming a great villain.Carroll will fill Hardy's team with his followers who's goal is to help Hardy and become his followers. The idea is that Hardy will become this great hero for 'stopping' Carroll and his followers only for Carroll (and his followers) to reveal that Hardy is supposedly the true mastermind (his team revealing themselves as cultists, statements showing how Hardy seemingly figured improbable things out, etc). The end result is that Hardy is both disgraced and perhaps pushed over the edge such that Hardy must become what Carroll wants him to be in order to win and stop Carroll - that is, Hardy is imprisoned and must recruit his own illicit following to fight Carroll's.
Joey is Hardy's sonThat's the great secret behind the plot: Carroll knows that Hardy slept with his wife, with Joey as the result.
The show's creators are Tropers.Although they'd probably never admit it.
Mike is Emma's brother.They look a bit alike. They could be long-lost siblings, or something.
Olivia's fate.She will either be ordered to commit public suicide, suicide on her own terms, or be murdered in defiance against Carrol. It will most likely be the first two, seeing Carrol is practically manipulating into destroying her life.
Joey will be the Spanner in the Works that brings down Carroll once and for all.
At some point, Carroll is going to break The Fourth Wall.Maybe in a season or series finale, he will address the audience directly and give them a You Bastard speech. It will go something like this:
Carroll plans on and actually hopes to lose.He said he wanted to make his story more conventional after all. What could be more conventional that the Good Guy winning. He is just stringing things along to make them as dramatic as possible until the climax where is lets Hardy bring down everything he has built in the most dramatic fashion possible.
Mike won't survive the season intact, if at all.Face it: He's that lethal combination of competent and cute that makes him the perfect target, both in- and out-of-universe. Plus a recent promo shows him in Joe's clutches while Ryan watches helplessly, which just screams "last-episode shock death".
The season finale shall have Carroll undergo a Villainous Breakdown of epic preportions.And by bad, I am talking Azula bad.
This series is going to become a Deconstruction of villianous organizations in general and Religions of Evil in particular.By showing that such an organization would collapse under the weight of all of its assembled dysfunctional personalities.
Carroll is not going to survive the first season.He's going to be killed, either by the FBI or Roderick. But the cult will continue with him as a martyred figure, and may even splinter into rival sects or factions.
Season two will focus on a new group of followers.Namely, people who didn't join up with the main group in season one, and the followers who scattered in episodes 13/14.
Lily Gray will turn out to be a Follower
Mark and Luke aren't twins
Claire Matthews isn't dead.
Emma and Mandy will have a confrontation
Hardy and Carroll are working together.