The Following Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

Joe Carroll meets a new cult.

Joe, Emma, and Mandy drive up to a camp hidden in a wooded area. Joe wants to meet with Robert, who visited him a few times in prison and is involved with this new cult.

A woman named Julia arrives with armed men and they all force Joe, Emma, and Mandy to un-dress inside the camp. She treats them like they are new recruits. It turns out Julia is married to Micah, the leader of the camp.

Joe and Micah meet. Joe asks Micah for help, but Micah isn’t too thrilled about having him at the camp. He tells Joe that he won’t be in charge here because it’s the ‘Micah show’. Joe humbly asks for refuge.

Julia gives Joe a lie detector test to see if he’s being truthful about wanting to start a new life at the camp. He passes the test but something has left Julia feeling unnerved.

In the evening there is a huge gathering at the camp. Joe, Emma, and Mandy are dressed in all white while the other cult members wear black robes and white masks. Emma is brought on a stage and restrained, and Micah cuts her wrists. Her blood drains into a cup and Micah drinks it.

Afterwards Julia meets with Joe and she tells him that Emma is still alive. Joe believes Emma was targeted in an attempt to weaken him, and Julia admits that she doesn’t trust him.

Lily’s Retaliation

Agent Mendez finally believes Ryan’s assertion that Joe Carroll is alive. She also believes that someone in the FBI is tipping off Joe and that his DNA may have been swapped. Mendez tells Ryan that she doesn’t respect his reckless behavior and how it impacts the people he loves. She also tells him that he is still facing federal charges.

Mike tells Ryan that he is going home because he’s still having trouble dealing with the aftermath of Havenport and Deborah’s death. He says therapy hasn’t helped, and he almost killed Luke so it’s time for him to leave.

Max wants Ryan to stop hunting Joe Carroll, and he tells her that everything he has done so far (like not drinking alcohol and getting healthy) is to stop Joe.

Max is in a parking garage and she sees a father grabbing his young son. She runs over to help and the man dumps her in the trunk of his car with the help of his son. She was setup! Then Lily contacts Ryan to tell him that she has Max.

Ryan, Mike, and the FBI team check out surveillance footage and spot the car that abducted Max. Ryan goes to Luke to see if he knows who Lily would use to kidnap people. Luke says Lily has hired “The Huntsman”, a serial killer who chases prostitutes through the woods, kills them, and guts them. The FBI learn his name is Kurt and they find a location on him.

The FBI arrives at Kurt’s home to find his wife and his son. Ryan (correctly) guesses the son was at the parking garage when Max was abducted. Mike and Ryan restrain the little boy until he gives up information about Kurt’s whereabouts.

Max fights The Huntsman and escapes into the woods. He chases behind her as the FBI team shows up a few minutes later to find the small shed where she was being held.

Mike and Ryan run into the woods and Mike finds Max. Ryan finds The Huntsman and shoots and kills him.

The FBI crew returns to headquarters and Ryan sees a new video from Lily. This time she’s in a living room, and Mike recognizes it as his dad’s home. Mark is standing behind Mike’s dad, who is restrained in a chair. Then Mark slits the man’s throat. Mike cries as Ryan tries to console him, and Lily warns there are more surprises coming soon.


Charlie takes Claire to a hidden location and tells her to be quiet, and don’t make him hurt her.

2010 flashback. Charlie was in the army but received a psychiatric discharge. He visited Carroll in prison and received a job to do. He did photo and video surveillance on Claire for two years.

Charlie tells Claire, “I’m your follower.” She doesn’t understand.

Weston and the local police arrive at the farmhouse where Paul, Jacob and Emma are holding Ryan and Joey. Paul is holding Ryan at gunpoint and tells Jacob to tie him up. Jacob is afraid. Emma drugs Joey, and when she notices Ryan isn’t tied up she uses a taser on him to interfere with his pacemaker.

Parker and the FBI has arrived outside of the farmhouse, along with the news media. Emma emails Roderick and tells him they need help.

Olivia gives Carroll an update: Ryan has found Joey and Claire has disappeared.

Emma wants the cops gone. She tells Ryan to call the FBI and send them away, or she’ll kill Megan. Megan is brought upstairs and Emma tasers her. Ryan makes the call, and Emma and Parker talk. Parker compliments the artwork that she found at Emma’s old home, and remarks that all of the people in the artwork looked like Emma’s mother. Parker thinks Emma is traumatized by the loss of her mother. Emma says that she killed her mother, and Parker says Emma did something that a lot of people only dream about.

1989 flashback. We see Parker as a young teenager, and her parents are involved in a cult. They offer Parker to the cult leader, but Parker doesn’t want to sleep with him and she backs out. This has caused a rift between her and her parents. In 2004 she visits her parents who are still in the cult, and they don’t seem too happy to see her. She tells them that she loves them and walks away.

Emma finally receives a reply from Roderick. He says he’ll call soon on the satellite phone, and tells Emma to stop all online communication because it’s no longer secure- Weston has cracked into a server and is trying to monitor the emails that Emma sends and receives.

Ryan is trying to figure out the love triangle between Jacob, Emma, and Paul. He seems amused. Emma calls Parker and confesses that her mother was a slut who tried to control her. Parker remarks that now Joe is controlling her. Emma gets mad and hangs up.

Jacob starts to unravel when Ryan confronts him about the threesome thing. Jacob tries to attack both Ryan and Megan but Paul stops him both times and tells him to calm down and block out Ryan’s taunts. The pair leave the room, and Ryan starts to untie the ropes that bind his hands.

Charlie calls Roderick and lets him know that he still has Claire and he hasn’t heard from Hank yet. While Charlie is on the phone Claire tries to escape but he stops her. 2011 flashback, Charlie is giving Carroll an update on Claire’s whereabouts. Turns out he has a crush on Claire, and he tries to kiss her. Then he immediately regrets it and says “I shouldn’t have tried to kiss you, it’s impure!” He starts banging his head against a pipe.

Emma escapes the farmhouse with Joey, and leaves Paul and Jacob behind without revealing her plans. Ryan frees himself from the rope and rushes towards Paul and stabs him. He punches Jacob, frees Megan, and then tells the FBI that Emma has escaped. Weston and a local officer corner Emma and Joey, and the officer shoots Weston. She says she’s with Roderick and leads Emma and Joey away from the FBI. She takes them to a car and tells them to drive off, but she’s shot from behind by Ryan. Ryan is unable to reach the car in time and Emma drives off with Joey.

Other FBI officers find Claire and raid the hidden location. Charlie escapes.

Inside the farmhouse, a SWAT team runs inside and hold Paul and Jacob at gunpoint. But some of these officers are actually working for Roderick, and they save Jacob and Paul by telling the pair to run out the back of the house. The twosome runs to the street and carjacks someone and drives off.

Olivia does another press conference and says Carroll has filed a motion declaring a violation of his 8th amendment rights. He says he’s been abused by the FBI.

Ryan goes to see Claire at her home and she’s distraught.

Jacob calls Emma and asks “Where are you? Why did you leave us?” She hangs up. Meanwhile, Paul is still bleeding out.




Jacob, Paul, and Emma are now sharing a bed and doing naughty stuff together. Welp, okay. Joey steals the hidden cell phone and calls his mom with it. He gives her a description of the farm house: white, two story house with black shutters. Paul catches him and takes the phone, and Emma tries to console him.

Ryan sees Joe’s attorney enter the detention center. He’s afraid Joe knows that they’re closing to finding Joey. Weston is trying to pinpoint Joey’s location in Dutchess County.

Jacob is freaked by the threesome from the night before. He tells Paul that he is not gay. Paul ignores him and tells him that he must kill Megan.

Joe meets with his attorney, Olivia. She is clearly afraid of him. He tells Olivia that he wants to know what’s going on in the media and he wants to know what information the FBI has collected. Flasback to 2010 – he loses his appeal and Olivia resigns as his counsel. This case gave her a high profile and helped boost her career.

Olivia meets with reporters and quotes from Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death”. There’s two new guys who we haven’t seen before. One guy calls the other and says “It’s time.”

Parker deputizes Ryan and he heads out to Dutchess County. First he stops at Claire’s and gives him the game plan, which is they’ll search the area by foot.

Olivia goes to Claire’s house with a set of instructions from Joe. She needs to meet a certain street corner at 3pm sharp, alone and she cannot tell anyone about it.

Jacob goes downstairs with Megan for a long time, then comes back upstairs. He still hasn’t killed Megan. Emma calls Joey downstairs for lunch but she can’t find him in the house. Meanwhile Joey is in a wooded area running like hell. He trips and falls, and a neighbor finds him and takes him to his home. Emma runs up to the house and grabs Joey, then takes him back to the farm house where they are hiding. The neighbor and his wife call the police but they are interrupted by Paul, who has arrived at their home with a shovel in his hand.

The Dutchess County police were looking into the disappearance of Megan, and they found surveillance video that shows Paul at the small grocery store where she worked. Now Ryan and Weston have confirmed that Paul is in the area. Ryan finds out about the phone call and he heads out with a police officer.

Some guy shows up at the farm house and tells Emma “Roderick sent me, he says we need to go.”

Claire meets up with a friend at a restaurant, and the FBI tails her. She’s trying to figure out a way to dodge them for her secret 3pm appointment.

Ryan and the police officer go to the home of the couple who called about spotting Joey. Both are dead. Ryan and the officer run to the next house, and it matches the description that Joey gave his mom earlier. The officer calls for backup and Ryan sees Jacob and Paul enter the farm house.

Jacob and Paul see Emma and the guy sent by Roderick. His name is Hank. He tells them they have 10 minutes to get out.

Claire heads to the restrooms, but she escapes from the restaurant by running through a side door.

Hank calls Roderick and asks if Claire has shown up yet and Roderick says she’s late. Hank sees the police officer hiding in the trees, and Hank confronts him, steals his gun and then shoots him. He’s about to fire a final shot, but Ryan appears just in time to shoot him. The officer dies from his wound.

Jacob, Paul, and Emma head outside after hearing the gunshots. They are armed too.

Olivia tells Joe that the FBI have located Joey but they haven’t picked him up yet. She tells him that she delivered the messages to the media and to Claire. She demands to know the code behind the poem that she read.

2010 flashback, Olivia meets with Hank. He snips off two of her fingers on her left hand as retaliation for dropping Joe as a client after he lost his appeal.

Claire gets into Roderick’s car and they drive off. Joey has been locked in his room this whole time- he breaks out.

Ryan has found his way into the basement, and he tries to get information from Megan but she is too hysterical to talk. He goes up to the main floor and finds Joey, but Paul sneaks up behind Ryan and puts a gun to his head.



Crazy ass Paul has Megan in the basement, tied up. Emma and Jacob are trying to convince him to let her go. Emma tells the guys to kill her and bury her, and Paul leaves Jacob to do it.

Alone, Paul tells Emma that Jacob has lied to everyone: he has never killed anyone before.

2009 flashback, Jacob makes up a story about killing a woman. Emma confronts Jacob about lying, and she tells him to kill Megan.

Ryan talks to Carroll, and he reveals that he killed Rick. Carroll is impressed, and tells Ryan that Maggie is very useful. She went on a killing spree in Arkansas before she got into Carroll’s cult.

A woman named Jenny keeps calling Ryan but he won’t answer the calls.

2009 Flashback – a woman is telling Ryan to be responsible and to go to the doctor. He recently had a pacemaker placed in his body. She gets frustrated and leaves.

Ryan finally answers the phone and finds out Maggie has Jenny and is threatening to kill her. Jenny is his sister. Maggie says ‘Meet me alone. If anyone is with you I will kill her.”

Ryan leaves in a huff, and Parker tells Weston to follow him. Ryan is resistant at first but he agrees to let Weston come with him.

Ryan arrives at a restaurant where his sister worked as a chef. The place is closed now, but Maggie is hiding out there with Jenny. He sits down in a chair and puts on a blindfold, as ordered by Maggie. Maggie starts talking, Jenny starts screaming, Ryan jumps up and takes off the blindfold but is hit in the head by Maggie.

2009 flashback. Jacob visits Carroll, and tells him that he tried to kill someone but he couldn’t do it.

Ryan comes to, and he’s strapped to a table. Jenny is nearby, strapped to a chair.

2005 flashback: Ryan is telling Claire about his family. His mother died when he was 14, dad was a cop who died on the job, brother Ray died in 9/11.

Jacob chickens out and unties the girl. She escapes but he knows Emma and Paul will track her down. Those two go after her and Emma stabs her.

Maggie straps magnets to Ryan’s body, and the magnets start to interfere with Ryan’s pacemaker. Weston sneaks into the room and shoots Maggie. Then he removes the magnets from Ryan’s body.

Paul and Emma are dirty after wrestling in the mud with Megan. They go to the bathroom to clean off and then start kissing. Jacob goes to the basement and finds out Paul and Emma have strapped up Megan in the chair.

Ambulance and the police are at the restaurant. Weston has Maggie’s cell phone with her phone calls and text messages. Ryan tells Jenny to disappear.

2005 Flashback. Ryan tells Jenny that he broke up with Claire so she and Joey can move on and leave Carroll behind.

Jacob finds Emma and Paul in the shower. He joins them.

Ryan tells Claire that they have Maggie’s phone and they found a signal at a house in upstate New York. They are going to check it out. Claire asks him to stay with her but he says he’ll call her when he has some more info and then he leaves.


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