The Following

10 Best Episodes of The Following

Notorious serial killer Joe Carroll, after being found guilty of murdering 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature, escapes from death row. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy to consult on the case, as he was the one responsible for Carroll’s capture in 2003. Ryan, working closely with an FBI team, including Mike Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker, piece together the ever-growing web of murders orchestrated by the devious Carroll.

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#1 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is drawn out of retirement when serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from prison; the investigation reveals that Carroll has a cult following.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 1784 votes.

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#2 - Havenport (Season 1 - Episode 13)


When Roderick's role as sheriff is called into question, he makes a shocking decision that impacts Joey; Ryan tries to gain the trust of one of Joe's followers.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 1191 votes.

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#3 - Unmasked (Season 2 - Episode 9)

New information leads Max, Ryan and Weston closer to uncovering the mole within the FBI; Joe and Micah launch a plan that sends a message to Ryan and the world.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 1156 votes.

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#4 - The Final Chapter (Season 1 - Episode 15)


Ryan tries to stop Joe Carroll from achieving his goal; Joe guides Claire to a special location.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 1210 votes.

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#5 - Chapter Two (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Ryan, Agent Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker investigate the history of Carroll's psyche; Emma, Jacob and Paul hold Claire's son while they plan for their next move.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 1439 votes.

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#6 - The End Is Near (Season 1 - Episode 14)


Weston, Parker and Ryan plan to storm the mansion, but Joe has already orchestrated his escape; followers create a diversion at the town evacuation center, causing panic and leading to the abduction of an FBI official.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 1169 votes.

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#7 - Fly Away (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Ryan and Max turn to the FBI for back-up on their plan; Joe's relationship enters uncharted territory; Luke ends up in a troubling situation.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 1145 votes.

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#8 - Silence (Season 2 - Episode 14)


Many lives are threatened as Joe enacts his final plan; Claire's decision puts her in treacherous territory; Mark and Luke must decide what to do next.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 1121 votes.

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#9 - Sacrifice (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Ryan and the FBI's search for Lily Gray is redirected when Max is faced with a new threat; Joe, Mandy and Emma realize everything isn't what it seems at their new hideout.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 1142 votes.

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#10 - The Siege (Season 1 - Episode 5)


As Hardy and the team make their next move, panic spreads at the followers' hideout; Carroll seeks out a lawyer from his past.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 1172 votes.

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    The Following - S2E13

    #11 - The Reaping (Season 2 - Episode 13)

    Ryan's mission to infiltrate the Korban compound and capture Joe doesn't go as planned; Claire asks Carrie to give Joe a message; Weston makes a life-changing decision.

    The episode was rated 8.07 from 1119 votes.

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    #12 - Forgive (Season 2 - Episode 15)


    When Mark and Luke turn the tables on Joe and Ryan, the two enemies are forced to work together to save the woman they love.

    The episode was rated 8.07 from 1141 votes.

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    #13 - The Fall (Season 1 - Episode 6)

    A new follower reveals Carroll's true intentions; Hardy tries to turn Jacob, Emma and Paul against one another; Emma makes a surprising decision.

    The episode was rated 8.06 from 1166 votes.

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    #14 - Let Me Go (Season 1 - Episode 7)


    Joe Carroll makes a case to be transferred to a different facility, raising Ryan's suspicions; Emma and Joey come across one of Roderick's men.

    The episode was rated 8.06 from 1124 votes.

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    #15 - Family Affair (Season 2 - Episode 4)

    After the latest shocking revelation in the case, Ryan and Max attempt to put the pieces together and stay two-steps ahead of the FBI, despite Weston's constant warnings to stay out of the way. Meanwhile, Emma becomes even closer to Mark and Luke, while Joe and Mandy meet up with a follower in search of assistance.

    The episode was rated 8.04 from 1191 votes.

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    #16 - The Curse (Season 1 - Episode 12)


    Ryan finds a follower who may be able to lead the way to Joe Carroll; Agent Weston returns, possibly more affected by his run-in with the cult than anyone realized; Claire and Emma come together for the first time since Joey's abduction.

    The episode was rated 8.04 from 1180 votes.

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    #17 - Freedom (Season 2 - Episode 11)

    Ryan and Mike suspect a new cult leader may be on the rise after another deadly massacre; Joe confirms his new plans for the Korban cult.

    The episode was rated 8.03 from 1154 votes.

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    #18 - The Poet's Fire (Season 1 - Episode 3)


    Hardy and the FBI try to predict the actions of a new follower named Rick (Michael Drayer); Paul's jealousy reaches a breaking point; the beginning of Carroll and Hardy's relationship is revealed.

    The episode was rated 8.02 from 1274 votes.

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    #19 - Evermore (Season 3 - Episode 10)

    With Joe Carroll’s execution day upon them, the team remains on edge, expecting that he won’t go easily. Ryan’s presence is demanded at the scene when a hostage situation ensues, as the world stands by watching the heavy news coverage of the day’s events.

    The episode was rated 8.00 from 933 votes.

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    #20 - Reflection (Season 2 - Episode 5)


    In an attempt to learn new information, Ryan and Max capture a suspect. But complications lead to a game of dangerous cat and mouse. Also, Joe grows accustomed to his surroundings and establishes a plan of his own, while Emma realizes she is in dangerous company.

    The episode was rated 8.00 from 1168 votes.


    Last updated: dec 30, 2022

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