The Following Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for The Following. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from official press releases.

15 - The Reckoning

Written By: Brett Mahoney & Alexi Hawley Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 0.9 Audience: 3.05
In Part 2 of a 2 hour series finale,The FBI hunt for Theo continues and the stakes are higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances are shaken and no one is safe in the harrowing final heart-stopping moments.

14 - Dead or Alive

Written By: Brynn Malone & Michael McGrale Directed By: Rob Seidenglanz
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 3.13
In Part 1 of a 2 hour series finale, The FBI hunt for Theo continues and the stakes are higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances are shaken and no one is safe in the harrowing final heart-stopping moments.

13 - A Simple Trade

Written By: Marcos Siega Directed By: Liz Sczudlo & Mary Leah Sutton
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 3.07
In Part 2 of 2, an increasingly reckless Ryan continues his search for Theo, as Mark and Daisy discover information that leads them closer to the FBI than ever and puts Mike in a dangerous situation. Then, a deadly deal is made, but things don’t go as planned, and Ryan makes a decision for his future

12 - The Edge

Written By: Nicole Kassell Directed By: Jeff Eckerle & Marilyn Osborn
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 3.21
In Part 1 of 2, an increasingly reckless Ryan continues his search for Theo, as Mark and Daisy discover information that leads them closer to the FBI than ever and puts Mike in a dangerous situation. Then, a deadly deal is made, but things don’t go as planned, and Ryan makes a decision for his future

11 - Demons

Written By: Marcos Siega Directed By: Dave Johnson
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.22
The investigation leads the team to a dangerous serial killer linked to Theo, while Theo and Penny seek refuge from an unknown source with the means of helping them disappear. Meanwhile, Ryan struggles with recent events, sending him into a downward spiral, and the search continues into which agent has been accessing Daisy’s laptop from inside the FBI

10 - Evermore

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: David McWhirter
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.46
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 event

09 - Kill The Messenger

Written By: Barry O'Brien Directed By: David Tuttman
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.41
After the latest shocking discovery, Ryan finds himself being followed by the new illusive killer and a game of cat-and-mouse begins leading them both back to Joe Carroll, for different reasons. Meanwhile, Max and Mike look for a stolen clue and Mark makes a shocking decision

08 - Flesh & Blood

Written By: Liz Sczudlo Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.46
The FBI closes in on a suspect whom they believe to be the culprit behind the latest murders, but Ryan is convinced the killer is still out there, leading him to dig deeper into dangerous territory. Meanwhile, Joe undergoes evaluation in the days leading up to his execution and a new threat tries to cover his tracks

07 - The Hunt

Written By: Liz Sczudlo Directed By: Sylvain White
Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.95
With only a few days before Joe Carroll’s execution, Ryan and Mike shift their focus to a new threat. Meanwhile, after being approved to start work again, Max rejoins the task force and comes dangerously close to a deadly menace

06 - Reunion

Written By: Michael McGrale Directed By: Mary Harron
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.28
With their latest target on the run, Ryan and Mike follow a tip to a small town to investigate and confirm he isn't seeking protection. While in town, they both discover an even larger threat who has managed to avoid suspicion up until now. Meanwhile, Max struggles to make a confession

05 - A Hostile Witness

Written By: Michael McGrale Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.75
As Mark, Kyle and Daisy plan to make a personal attack on Ryan, the FBI receives a tip leading them to a secret location, which gives them a leg up in the case. Then, on the day of an important trial, things go awry, causing the FBI to split up to hunt down a missing person. With his team breaking apart, Ryan enlists the help of a former enemy to defeat a greater one

04 - Home

Written By: Liz Sczudlo Directed By: Nicole Kassell
Rating: 1.3 Audience: 3.93
As Mark, Kyle and Daisy plan to make a personal attack on Ryan, the FBI receives a tip leading them to a secret location, which gives them a leg up in the case. Then, on the day of an important trial, things go awry, causing the FBI to split up to hunt down a missing person. With his team breaking apart, Ryan enlists the help of a former enemy to defeat a greater one

03 - Exposed

Written By: Brynn Malone Directed By: Gary Love
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.53
After a devastating loss, Ryan, Weston and Max aim to hunt down who is responsible and make them pay, leading Ryan to take a risk with deadly consequences. Meanwhile, Mark questions the loyalty of Kyle and Daisy, causing tensions to rise amongst the group

02 - Boxed In

Written By: Barry O'Brien Directed By: Rob Seidenglaz
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.51
Ryan believes he has found the connection between Andrew and Mark, but he and the FBI are still unsure if – and how – Joe Carroll might be connected. Meanwhile, tension between Mark, Kyle and Daisy mounts and Ryan soon finds himself in a dangerous situation, in which facing the truth is the only thing that will set him free.

01 - New Blood

Written By: Alexi Hawley & Brett Mahoney Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.86
With Joe Carroll awaiting execution on death row and all signs of his following erased, Ryan Hardy has moved on from the dark events of his past. But his newfound happiness is shattered when a series of brutally staged tableaus threatens to tear open old wounds. Ryan and his team are forced to unravel a twisted web of violence before it destroys them all – leading them to face a terrifying truth: Joe Carroll was just the beginning.
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15 - Forgive

Written By: Kevin Williamson Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 4.81
Mark and Luke turn the tables on both Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll, forcing the two sworn enemies to come together to save the woman they love

14 - Silence

Written By: Scott Reynolds Directed By: Steve Shill
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.42
Joe Carroll puts his final plan into action, threatening the lives of many, as Ryan and Mike go to great lengths to stop him and prevent more innocent lives being lost. Meanwhile, Claire makes a decision that leads her into dangerous territory, and Mark and Luke attempt to figure out their next move

13 - The Reaping

Written By: Megan Martin Directed By: Joshua Butler
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.36
Ryan tracks down the location of the Korban compound with hopes to infiltrate the cult and capture Joe Carroll, but all doesn't go exactly as planned. Meanwhile, Claire asks Carrie to deliver a message to Joe, and Weston makes a decision that will change the course of his life forever

12 - Betrayal

Written By: Lizzie Mickery Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.41
After a series of public condemnations of Joe and his followers, Joe targets the son of a man who stands against him. Meanwhile, Ryan is faced with the shocking news of Claire's reappearance and Mandy makes a decision that leads her to a familiar face which could undo all that Joe has been working for

11 - Freedom

Written By: Dewayne Jones Directed By: Liz Friedlander
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.17
A deadly massacre, thought to be sparked by Joe Carroll, leads Ryan and Mike into very dangerous territory. But as more details are revealed, they realize another leader might be on the rise. Meanwhile, Joe continues to train the Korban cult and confirms his new plans with Emma and those who doubt him

10 - Teacher's Pet

Written By: Brett Mahoney Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.07
As his power over the Korban cult grows, Joe sets a deadly plan in action using new acolytes to carry out his demands. Meanwhile, Ryan and Max devise a plan to contact Joe, in hopes of tracking down his whereabouts, and Weston meets with a face from the past

09 - Unmasked

Written By: Vincent Angell Directed By: Nicole Kassell
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 3.95
Ryan, Max and Weston discover information that leads them closer to uncovering the mole within the FBI - which results in complications of its own. Meanwhile, Joe and Micah execute a plan that threatens the Korban cult in order to announce a message to Ryan and the world

08 - The Messenger

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 4.86
After a tragic turn of events, Ryan attempts to find the man who originally taught Joe to kill, in hopes of finding new answers. Meanwhile, at the compound, Joe tries to get his bearings, while Emma and Mandy wait for him to reveal his new plan 

07 - Sacrifice

Written By: Scott Reynolds Directed By: Adam Davidson
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 5.16
Ryan and the FBI continue their hunt for Lily Gray, and are forced to redirect their search when a new threat enters Max’s life. Meanwhile, Joe, Emma and Mandy arrive at their latest hideout, but quickly realize things aren’t what they seem

06 - Fly Away

Written By: Dewayne Jones Directed By: Rob Seidenglanz
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.61
Looking for back-up and hoping to execute their plan, Ryan and Max contact the FBI. But Weston has other ideas, leading to a standoff between good and evil. Meanwhile, Joe’s new relationship escalates into uncharted territory, and Luke finds himself in a troubling situation

05 - Reflection

Written By: Lizzie Mickery Directed By: Nicole Kassell[
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.19
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

04 - Family Affair

Written By: Brett Mahoney Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 4.76
After the latest shocking revelation in the case, Ryan and his niece, Max, attempt to put the pieces together and stay two steps ahead of the FBI, despite Weston’s constant warnings to stay out of it. Meanwhile, Emma becomes even closer to her new friends, while Joe and Mandy meet up with a follower in search of assistance.

03 - Trust Me

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Liz Friedlander
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 5.84
Ryan continues his search to find the correlation between the recent tragedies in New York City and Emma and the existing members of the Havenport cult, while the FBI becomes increasingly aware of his undercover agenda. Meanwhile, a shocking event leads Joe to put a new plan in action

02 - For Joe

Written By: Vincent Angell Directed By: Joshua Butler
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.02
After the tragic subway killings, Ryan’s obsession with the case becomes stronger than ever. Soon, mysterious phone calls bring him face-to-face with what may be his biggest threat yet. Meanwhile, revelations surrounding Joe’s new life are brought to the surface

01 - Resurrection

Written By: Kevin Williamson Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 4.4 Audience: 11.18

One year after Ryan Hardy's pursuit of serial killer Joe Carroll, a healthy and healed Ryan is living in New York City. On the surface, it appears Ryan's gotten his life back together. But deep down, his obsession with Joe continues to grow. Then, on the anniversary of Joe's death, a new murderous rampage leaves everyone shocked and determined to discover the truth

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15 - The Final Chapter

Written By: Kevin Williamson Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 7.82
In the explosive Season One finale, Ryanraces to stop Joe Carroll before his endgame reaches a deadly conclusion. Meanwhile, Joe leads Claire to a special location and the ultimate showdown between good and evil takes placw

14 - The End is Near

Written By: Adam Armus & Kay Foster Directed By: Joshua Butler
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.04
In the season’s penultimate episode, Ryan, Parker and Weston prepare to storm the follower’s 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

13 - Havenport

Written By: David Wilcox & Vincent Angell Directed By: Nicole Kassell
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.36
The Havenport Police Department are brought onto the case and Roderick’s role as sheriff is called into question, which leads him to make a shocking decision that threatens the safety of Joey. Meanwhile, Ryan goes against the FBI in hope of gaining the trust of one of Joe’s followers

12 - The Curse

Written By: Seamus Kevin Fahey & Amanda Kate Shuman Directed By: David Von Ancken
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 6.30
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

11 - Whips & Regret

Written By: Kevin Williamson & Rebecca Dameron Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 6.57
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 follower’s mansion and has an unexpected reunion, while Emma and Jacob continue to deal with Emma’s betrayal

10 - Guilt

Written By: Kevin Williamson & Shintaro Shimosawa Directed By: Joshua Butler
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 6.66
After discovering Claire’s location, Joe sends two followers to capture her, but Ryan may be one step ahead. 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

09 - Love Hurts

Written By: Adam Armus & Kay Foster Directed By: Marcos Siega & Adam Davidson
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 7.34
With Weston still in the hospital, Ryan and Parker attempt to outsmart their new leader Nick as a way 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

08 - Welcome Home

Written By: Amanda Kate Shuman Directed By: Joshua Butler
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.15
With Joey Matthews still missing and the search for Joe Carroll escalating, the FBI brings in Nick Donovan 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

07 -  Let Me Go

Written By: Seamus Kevin Fahey Directed By: Nick Gomez
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.81
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

06 - The Fall

Written By: Shintaro Shimosawa Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.58
Joe Carroll's true intentions are revealed through a new follower, Charlie. 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

05 - The Siege

Written By: Rebecca Dameron Directed By: Phil Abraham
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.39
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 to send a message that has deadly results

04 - Mad Love

Story By: Andrew Wilder and Kevin Williamson Directed By: Henry Bronchtein
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.79
Maggie 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

03 - The Poet's Fire

Written By: Adam Armus & Kay Foster Directed By: Liz Friedlander
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.01
A new follower is found in Rick, 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

02 - Chapter Two

Written By: Kevin Williamson Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 10.10
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, Jacob and Paul keep Claire’s son Joey at a house in the country as they prepare for their next move

01 - Pilot

Written By: Kevin Williamson Directed By: Marcos Siega
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 10.42
Former FBI agent, RYAN HARDY is called out of retirement to track down JOE CARROLL after he escapes from prison. Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON. The investigation also leads Hardy back to CLAIRE MATTHEWS, Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of the criminal’s young son, JOEY. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has an ever-growing cult of followers
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