The Following

The Following

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  • 2
  • 1
When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Knowing Carroll better than anyone and close with Carroll’s ex-wife, Hardy works closely with an FBI team and soon discovers that Carroll was not only communicating with a network of killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape – and there’s no telling how many additional killers are out there. As Hardy and the FBI team are challenged by the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the diabolical Carroll, Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he faces not one but an entire cult of serial killers.
When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Knowing Carroll better than anyone and close with Carroll’s ex-wife, Hardy works closely with an FBI team and soon discovers that Carroll was not only communicating with a network of killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape – and there’s no telling how many additional killers are out there. As Hardy and the FBI team are challenged by the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the diabolical Carroll, Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he faces not one but an entire cult of serial killers.

Season 1 (15 episodes)

  • 1. Pilot

    Original air date: 01/21/2013 Runtime: 45:34 min.

    Original air date: 01/21/2013 Runtime: 45:34 min. In the series premiere episode, FBI Agent Ryan Hardy (KEVIN BACON) is called out of retirement to track down serial killer Joe Carroll (JAMES PUREFOY) who’s escaped from prison.

  • 2. Chapter Two

    Original air date: 01/28/2013 Runtime: 43:46 min.

    Original air date: 01/28/2013 Runtime: 43:46 min. Ryan Hardy, Agent Mike Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker, who is brought in to lead the investigation into Joe Carroll and his followers, dive deeper into the history of Carroll’s psyche. To do so, they enlist the help of Carroll’s ex-wife, and Hardy’s former love, Claire Matthews. Meanwhile, Emma (series star VALORIE CURRY), Jacob (series star NICO TORTORELLA) and Paul (series star ADAN CANTO) keep Claire’s son Joey at a house in the country as they prepare for their next move.

  • 3. The Poet's Fire

    Original air date: 02/04/2013 Runtime: 43:56 min.

    Original air date: 02/04/2013 Runtime: 43:56 min. A new follower is uncovered in Rick Kester (guest star MICHAEL DRAYER), who is on a determined path to follow through on Carroll’s orders. Hardy and the FBI attempt to predict Rick’s course of revenge, which leads to a surprising outcome. Meanwhile, Paul’s jealousy over Emma and Jacob’s relationship leads to a breaking point, and the origin of Hardy and Carroll’s relationship is revealed.

  • 4. Mad Love

    Original air date: 02/11/2013 Runtime: 43:42 min.

    Original air date: 02/11/2013 Runtime: 43:42 min. Maggie (guest star VIRGINIA KULL) devises a plot to put an end to Hardy. Meanwhile, tension rises as Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma and more information about Hardy and Claire’s past relationship is revealed.

  • 5. The Siege

    Original air date: 03/18/2013 Runtime: 43:35 min.

    Original air date: 03/18/2013 Runtime: 43:35 min. When Claire receives a phone call that may lead her to find her son, the FBI and Ryan Hardy set their next move into motion, causing panic at the farmhouse. Meanwhile, Joe Carroll seeks a lawyer from his past (guest star RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY) to send a message that has deadly results.

  • 6. The Fall

    Original air date: 02/25/2013 Runtime: 43:52 min.

    Original air date: 02/25/2013 Runtime: 43:52 min. Joe Carroll's true intentions are revealed through a new follower, Charlie Mead (guest star TOM LIPINSKI). As Ryan learns of Joe's plans, he tries to stall Emma, Jacob and Paul by taunting them in hopes of turning them against each other. Meanwhile, Emma makes a shocking decision.

  • 7. Let Me Go

    Original air date: 03/04/2013 Runtime: 41:53 min.

    Original air date: 03/04/2013 Runtime: 41:53 min. With the help of attorney Olivia Warren, Joe Carroll makes a case against Ryan and the FBI to be transferred to a different facility, but Ryan suspects a larger plan may be at play. Meanwhile, Emma and Joey arrive at a meeting point and come across another one of Roderick's men who has a secret of his own.

  • 8. Welcome Home

    Original air date: 03/11/2013 Runtime: 43:37 min.

    Original air date: 03/11/2013 Runtime: 43:37 min. With Joey Matthews still missing and the search for Joe Carroll escalating, the FBI brings in Nick Donovan (guest star MIKE COLTER) to run lead on the case - much to Ryan and Parker's dismay. Meanwhile, a follower from the past meets up with Joe Carroll, and their plans have a life-threatening result.

  • 9. Love Hurts

    Original air date: 03/18/2013 Runtime: 42:57 min.

    Original air date: 03/18/2013 Runtime: 42:57 min. With Weston still in the hospital, Ryan and Parker attempt to outsmart their new boss, Donovan in order to continue their search. In a surprising move, Joe reaches out to Ryan to demand Claire’s location and reveals that he will go to great lengths to lure her out of FBI custody. Meanwhile, followers from the past make a shocking return.

  • 10. Guilt

    Original air date: 03/25/2013 Runtime: 43:44 min.

    Original air date: 03/25/2013 Runtime: 43:44 min. After discovering Claire’s location, Joe sends two followers to capture her – but Ryan may be one step ahead of him. Meanwhile, Jacob struggles with recent decisions causing his reunion with Emma to be less than ideal. Also, a relationship from Ryan’s past plays a significant role in his future.

  • 11. Whips and Regrets

    Original air date: 04/01/2013 Runtime: 43:30 min.

    Original air date: 04/01/2013 Runtime: 43:30 min. After losing Claire to Joe’s followers, Ryan and Parker attempt to recover – while the FBI tracks down an undercover location that may have dark ties to Joe’s following. Meanwhile, Claire adjusts to life at the Followers’ mansion and has an unexpected reunion. Emma and Jacob continue to deal with Emma’s betrayal.

  • 12. The Curse

    Original air date: 04/08/2013 Runtime: 43:59 min.

    Original air date: 04/08/2013 Runtime: 43:59 min. Ryan and the FBI discover a follower who might be able to lead them to Joe Carroll's location. Agent Weston returns to the case – but his run-in with the cult may have had a bigger impact on him than anyone originally thought. Meanwhile, Claire and Emma come face-to-face for the first time since Joey’s kidnapping.

  • 13. Havenport

    Original air date: 04/15/2013 Runtime: 43:12 min.

    Original air date: 04/15/2013 Runtime: 43:12 min. The Havenport Police Department is brought onto the case and Roderick’s role as sheriff is called into question – leading him to make a shocking decision that threatens the safety of Joey. Meanwhile, Ryan goes against the FBI, hoping to gain the trust of one of Joe’s followers.

  • 14. The End is Near

    Original air date: 04/22/2013 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 04/22/2013 Runtime: 43:00 min. In the season’s penultimate episode, Ryan, Parker and Weston prepare to storm the Followers’ mansion, but Joe already has an escape plan in action. Meanwhile, disguised followers create a diversion at the town evacuation center, which causes panic among the residents and leads to a dangerous kidnapping of one FBI official.

  • 15. The Final Chapter

    Original air date: 04/29/2013 Runtime: 42:32 min.

    Original air date: 04/29/2013 Runtime: 42:32 min. In the explosive Season One finale, Ryan races to stop Joe Carroll before his endgame reaches a deadly conclusion. Meanwhile, Joe leads Claire to a special location where the ultimate showdown between good and evil takes place.