The BEST Episodes of The Following

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2019

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.


#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.

star 8.27
1,890 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson

#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.

star 8.21
1,260 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: David Wilcox, Vincent Angell

#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.

star 8.20
1,175 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Vincent Angell
Chapter Two

#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.

star 8.12
1,526 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Fly Away

#5 - 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.

star 8.11
1,161 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Dewayne Jones
The Final Chapter

#6 - The Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 15

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

star 8.11
1,279 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson
The End Is Near

#7 - 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.

star 8.10
1,234 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster

#8 - 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.

star 8.09
1,158 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Scott Reynolds

#9 - 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.

star 8.09
1,132 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Scott Reynolds
The Reaping

#10 - 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.

star 8.08
1,134 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Megan Martin
The Siege

#11 - 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.

star 8.07
1,255 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Rebecca Dameron

#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.

star 8.06
1,158 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Kevin Williamson
The Fall

#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.

star 8.05
1,256 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Shintaro Shimosawa

#14 - 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.

star 8.04
1,171 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Dewayne Jones
Family Affair

#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.

star 8.04
1,221 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Brett Mahoney
Let Me Go

#16 - 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.

star 8.03
1,210 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey
The Curse

#17 - 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.

star 8.02
1,246 votes
Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey, Amanda Kate Shuman
The Poet's Fire

#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.

star 8.01
1,360 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster

#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.

star 8.01
926 votes

#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.

star 8.00
1,193 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Lizzie Mickery
Love Hurts

#21 - 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.

star 7.98
1,299 votes
Writers: Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster

#22 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.96
1,134 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Lizzie Mickery
Trust Me

#23 - Trust Me

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.96
1,260 votes
Directors: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Alexi Hawley
The Reckoning

#24 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 15

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

star 7.94
843 votes

#25 - Resurrection

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.93
1,452 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Kevin Williamson