The BEST Episodes of The Following

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Network: FOX

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 - Unmasked

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 17, 2014

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.

star 8.10
2,195 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Vincent Angell
Fly Away

#2 - Fly Away

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 24, 2014

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.

star 8.10
2,073 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Dewayne Darian Jones, Kevin Williamson

#3 - Sacrifice

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 3, 2014

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.

star 8.08
2,157 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Scott Reynolds

#4 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 21, 2013

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.

star 8.08
5,527 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
The Reaping

#5 - The Reaping

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 14, 2014

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.

star 8.03
2,131 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Megan Martin

#6 - Silence

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 21, 2014

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.

star 8.00
2,024 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Scott Reynolds

#7 - Forgive

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 28, 2014

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.

star 7.99
2,046 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Chapter Two

#8 - Chapter Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2013

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.

star 7.97
4,556 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson

#9 - Evermore

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 27, 2015

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.

star 7.94
1,272 votes
The Reckoning

#10 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired May 18, 2015

As suspicions rise alliances are shaken and no one is safe in the harrowing final heart-stopping moments.

star 7.90
1,214 votes

#11 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 7, 2014

Joe chooses a new target; Ryan is confronted with news of Claire's reappearance; Mandy makes a decision that could undo everything Joe's been working for.

star 7.88
2,131 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Lizzie Mickery

#12 - Freedom

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 31, 2014

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.

star 7.87
2,219 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Dewayne Darian Jones
Dead or Alive

#13 - Dead or Alive

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 18, 2015

The FBI hunt for Theo continues and the stakes are higher than ever as some of their own come under attack.

star 7.86
1,225 votes
Family Affair

#14 - Family Affair

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 10, 2014

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.

star 7.86
2,481 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Brett Mahoney
The Final Chapter

#15 - The Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 29, 2013

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

star 7.84
3,617 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
The Messenger

#16 - The Messenger

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 10, 2014

In hope of finding new answers, Ryan searches for the man who taught Joe to kill; Mandy and Emma wait for Joe to reveal his plan.

star 7.83
2,330 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson

#17 - Havenport

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 15, 2013

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.

star 7.81
3,575 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: David Wilcox, Vincent Angell

#18 - Resurrection

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 19, 2014

Despite appearances a healed Ryan Hardy has gotten his life together, he continues to obsess about Joe Carroll; a murderous rampage on the anniversary of Joe's death leaves everyone determined to uncover the truth.

star 7.81
2,894 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
The Siege

#19 - The Siege

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 18, 2013

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

star 7.81
4,043 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Rebecca Dameron

#20 - Reflection

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 2014

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.

star 7.80
2,306 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Lizzie Mickery
The Poet's Fire

#21 - The Poet's Fire

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 4, 2013

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.

star 7.79
4,264 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster
Teacher's Pet

#22 - Teacher's Pet

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 24, 2014

Joe's power over the Korban cult grows, new followers carry out his demands; Max and Ryan try to contact Joe and identify his whereabouts.

star 7.79
2,119 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Brett Mahoney
Trust Me

#23 - Trust Me

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2014

The FBI becomes more aware of Ryan's undercover agenda as he searches for a link between the tragedies in New York and the remaining members of the Havenport cult; a shocking event leads to Joe starting a new plan.

star 7.78
2,497 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Alexi Hawley
The End Is Near

#24 - The End Is Near

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 22, 2013

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.

star 7.77
3,470 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster

#25 - Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 30, 2015

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.

star 7.76
1,425 votes