The Following

10 Best Episodes of The Following - Season 1

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on dec 30, 2022.

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The Following - S1E8

#15 - Welcome Home (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Ryan and Parker are upset when the FBI makes Nick Donovan (Mike Colter) lead investigator as the search for Joey Matthews and Joe Carroll continues; a follower and Joe Carroll form a deadly plan.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 1124 votes.

The Following - S1E10

#14 - Guilt (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Joe sends followers to capture Claire; Jacob's stress over recent decisions affects his reunion with Emma.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 1184 votes.

The Following - S1E11

#13 - Whips and Regret (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Ryan and Parker try to recover after losing Claire to Joe's followers; Claire has an unexpected reunion as she adjusts to life at the mansion; Jacob struggles with Emma's betrayal.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 1204 votes.

The Following - S1E4

#12 - Mad Love (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Maggie devises a plan to put an end to Hardy; Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been hiding from Emma; Hardy and Claire's relationship is explored.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 1186 votes.

The Following - S1E9

#11 - Love Hurts (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Ryan and Parker try to outwit their new leader; Joe demands information on Claire's location from Ryan; past followers return.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 1232 votes.

The Following - S1E3

#10 - 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.

The Following - S1E12

#9 - 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.

The Following - S1E7

#8 - 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.

The Following - S1E6

#7 - 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.

The Following - S1E5

#6 - 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.

The Following - S1E14

#5 - 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.

The Following - S1E2

#4 - 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.

The Following - S1E15

#3 - 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.

The Following - S1E13

#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.

The Following - S1E1

#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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