The BEST Episodes of The Following
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.