We finish up the scene from the season 1 finale. Joe’s follower stabs Ryan and Claire, stabs Claire a second time and then Ryan kills her.
Mike Weston visits Ryan at the hospital and tells him that Claire died from her injuries.
– ONE YEAR LATER –
Ryan seems to be in good health. He’s going to AA meetings. We meet his sponsor, Barry, and another AA member, Melissa. He’s also a teacher.
His niece, Max, comes over to keep him company during the 1 year anniversary of Havenport/Joe’s death/Claire’s death. There’s a party with the niece, her boyfriend, Barry, and Melissa.
On a subway train three people in Joe Carroll masks appear and start stabbing and killing the passengers. One person yells, “The resurrection is coming! Joe Carroll lives! Ryan Hardy can’t stop us!”
Mike Weston is at home, far away from New York. He was suspended awhile ago, but Agent Phillips has asked him to come back to New York and investigate the subway killings.
A young woman, Heather, is walking to her apartment door and shares flirtatious glances with a young man hanging around. He strangles her to death and lays in bed with her.
– Flashback to 8 months ago, the last time Ryan and Mike saw each other – Ryan is drunk at the bar. Mike tells him Joey is safe with his grandmother in witness protection. It’s almost time to testify before the grand jury, and Mike begs Ryan to not talk, and just say “I don’t remember” to all of the questions.
Lily Gray survived the subway attack and she talks to the FBI agents, Mike, and Ryan.
Crazy guy cooks food and dances with Heather’s dead body. Wait…there’s two! He has a twin.
Emma is in New Jersey wearing a punk, multi-color hairdo and lip piercings. She’s stunned by the attacks.
At FBI HQ, Mike uses a body scan on the surveillance footage and IDs a guy named Carlos. Agents Phillips and Mendez are trying to get Ryan’s help but he is very resistant and he leaves.
Ryan sits down with Max and goes through his case notes. Looks like these two have been working for awhile to track down Carroll. Ryan finds some information about Carlos. Max locates his most recent home address and Ryan goes to pay a visit. He doesn’t call the FBI.
Carlos says Joe escaped unharmed from the lighthouse. He was going to drive Joe away but the police road blocks caused Joe to flee the car and go off into the darkness.
After a brief scuffle Carlos gets away from Ryan and runs to Giselle’s apartment. Ryan searches Carlos’ apartment and finds a playbill with Heather’s name circled on it. He calls Max and she tells him a young woman was found dead. Emma is following Ryan and she watches him leave the apartment building.
Mike confronts Ryan at the crime scene for secluding himself after the events at the lighthouse. Heather’s body is tied to a bench with a book taped to her hands, and she’s wearing a light white dress and red lips. This is a Claire-like character from Joe’s book.
The crazy twins (Luke with the slicked back hair and Mark with the bangs) visit Carlos at Giselle’s apartment. They are worried that Ryan found some incriminating evidence at his apartment. Turns out the twins are followers of Joe Carroll but they are leaders of a rogue group that has no connection to Emma and her people.
In the last scene we see Joe Carroll walk into a random prostitute’s home. A young girl in the house calls him ‘Darryl’. He lives!
The FBI moves in, and Carroll starts the escape plan
With Joey Matthews in the FBI’s custody, he has given them a detailed description of the Crazy House. The FBI starts house hunting.
Carroll is still suffering from his deep stab wound and he is becoming very erratic in his thoughts and behavior. With Roderick gone he tries to lean on Emma’s support. She is still wary of him after he slapped her recently.
Carroll decides to enact his getaway plan and he enlists the help of Emma, Jacob and a couple other followers. Jacob doesn’t seem too confident of Carroll’s ability to lead the followers but he goes with the plan anyways.
The FBI finds the dead body of a follower hanging inside the empty Crazy House. Meanwhile, Jacob, Emma, Carroll, and Claire have invaded the home of Vicki Gray and her husband in Havenport, Maryland.
Crazy finds the FBI
The FBI searches the empty house and Ryan finds a note: Dear Ryan, the final chapter has begun.
Back at the Gray’s residence, Carroll and the team are hiding out until nightfall. Jacob says he feels uncomfortable and when he joined the cult he thought it would just be him and Emma.
Outside the FBI headquarters a couple followers have arrived and joined the crowd of news reporters. Ryan goes outside because he thinks they might be there but he can’t identify them. One follower starts doing an interview with a local news reporter and starts quoting ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, then the follower stabs the reporter and gets taken down by Ryan.
Dinner with the Grays
Ryan talks to ‘Annabelle Lee’ and demands to know where Claire is. He flips a table and puts a gun to the woman’s head. She says Claire has to die so Ryan can be reborn.
Carroll has cooked a pasta dinner for everyone. Claire asks Carroll to spare the Grays’ lives and have them deliver a message to Ryan. Carroll said a message is already being delivered.
Emma apologizes to Jacob and says she wishes she could make things right. Jacob kisses and holds her and says everything will be okay.
Claire hurts Carroll again
Two police officers are checking out the neighborhood and they arrive at the Grays’ residence. Emma answers the door, and one of the officers hesitates after he realizes she doesn’t live in the home. She shoots the officers. In the dining room, Carroll untied Claire so she could pour some wine. When he gets distracted by Emma’s gunshots, she hits him over the head, stabs him in his wound with a knife, frees the Grays and runs off with them.
Ryan, Parker and Weston are trying to figure out why The Masque of the Red Death is so prominent with Carroll and his followers. Weston concludes the followers are planning a mass death at a place where people may seek refuge – the local evacuation center. Some of them may be followers so the FBI goes in to do a sweep.
The plan is set into motion.
Mayhem breaks out. Ryan makes eye contact with a guy he saw earlier outside of the FBI center. The guy gives a signal and the followers start attacking everyone nearby. The FBI shoots down some followers while Ryan chases down the guy he recognized. Parker gets trapped by two followers.
Claire and the Grays are running but they are tracked down by Jacob and Emma. They capture Claire and let the other two run free.
With the FBI distracted at the evacuation center, Carroll arrives at a boat with Claire, Emma, and Jacob. He boards with Claire and heads to sea, while Emma and Jacob get back into the car. He tells Emma that they should escape, instead of sticking around and eventually dying for Carroll. Emma says ‘I love you, and I love Joe, but I don’t know how to love you both.’ She slits Jacob’s throat and he dies.
Weston notices Parker is missing. She was captured by two followers who have dragged her into an empty coffin. They nail it shut and start piling dirt on top of the coffin as Parker screams from inside.
After a morning run Carroll calls Ryan with taunts about him losing Claire. He tells Ryan that he’s going to enjoy spending time with his reunited family.
Claire arrives at the Crazy House and she’s greeted by Jacob who escorts her to her room. She asks to see Joey but it’s not time yet and she’s locked in her room.
2009 flashback. Molly meets Carroll in prison. She’s an RN and she’s killed a lot of people in the terminal ward. Carroll asks her to follow Ryan Hardy.
Present day. Carroll and Molly are talking. She’s brought him papers and files that documents everything she picked up on Ryan Hardy. They broke up awhile ago but occasionally have sex.
Roderick confronts Carroll about ‘getting started.’ Apparently Joe said once he’s reunited with his family the followers can move forward with their plans but now he wants to delay the movement.
Parker stops by Ryan’s home and tells him that he can’t keep disappearing. She shows him the online recruiting site, and asks Ryan to continue helping the FBI.
FBI track the bandwidth for the site that holds the recruiting video. They are looking for Haley Mercury at a night club. Inside, Parker and Ryan comes across rooms with people tied up, BDSM style. They find a lady who is trying to delete the computer files.
* * * * *
Parker and Ryan talk to Haley and she gives them the scoop on Vince. She promises to deliver Vince if she can avoid a long jail sentence. Haley emails Vince and asks him to stop by. Ryan and Parker find some of his bomb materials.
Vince tells Roderick that he’s going out to make a drop. He tries to pat Roderick on the back and Roderick pulls a gun on him. Vince pulls out his gun and apologizes, then leaves. Roderick starts laughing and then he elbows a follower who is in the room with him.
Jacob brings some fancy clothes for Claire to wear. She tries to escape from her room and he throws her to the ground. He says Carroll has given permission to hurt her if needed.
Emma is still trying to convince Jacob that she loves him. He tells her ‘The Jacob that you love isn’t here.’
* * * * *
Claire is all dressed up and she finally meets with Carroll.
Vince stops by the fetish club to pick up his package and Haley is wearing a wire. She helps him to his car, and he forces her into his car by gunpoint. He says the FBI will be there soon to pick her up. Parker and Ryan fight about whether to take Vince down now, or follow him– they decide to follow him.
* * * * *
Vince takes Haley to an old military armory. He says it’s used to condition people and teach them how to kill. Parker calls SWAT to swoop in and secure the perimeter. Vince has found the wire and starts beating her. Ryan and Parker run inside, and of course they are alone. They find Haley but Vince has fled.
* * * * *
Haley is very upset because she kept saying the rescue word ‘Red’ and the FBI never came to help her. She could’ve died and Parker says ‘But you didn’t.’
SWAT and FBI have arrived at the armory and they have opened one of the cages to free some people. Parker and Ryan warn them to not open any cages because they hold cult members, but it’s too late and some people have been freed. Ryan finds a few of them and shoots them down.
Dinner between Carroll and Claire isn’t going well. She wants to know why he’s bringing her and Joey into this madness, and Carroll says it will take time but she will love him again. He won’t let her see Joey.
* * * * *
Carroll tells Roderick that the FBI have found the training camp in New York. He suspects Vince, but Roderick says Vince was just making a drop. Carroll punches Roderick in the nose and tells him that he will no longer have the authority to make decisions.
Carroll allows Joey to see Claire. She is overjoyed. Meanwhile he watches a video of Ryan and Molly having breakup sex.
Ryan goes home and finds Molly in the kitchen. She sees that he is stressed and she consoles him.
2009 flashback. Molly tells Carroll that when it’s time to kill Ryan she wants to be the person to do it.
Emma and Joey meet Bo and Charlie; Carroll receives a transfer
Emma and Joey meet with a guy named Bo at a car garage. Joey heads to the restroom, but he finds a room where a woman is being held in a cage. He tells Emma, and Bo gets angry when he overhears it. Bo tells Emma to stay out of it, but Joey goes ahead and finds the key to unlock the cage. Bo flips out when he finds the woman escaped and he chases Joey. Emma tries to protect him but she’s subdued by Bo, and then Charlie walks into the garage. He has caught the woman who escaped the cage.
Claire tells Parker about her experience with Charlie, and she says that Charlie kept speaking to a guy named Roderick. Claire says if someone reaches out to her again she may speak to them, because it may lead to Joey.
Olivia helps Carroll defend his allegations of police abuse, and Carroll is granted an immediate transfer to Georgia. Ryan wants to supervise the transfer but Parker says no. Carroll is placed in a U.S. Marshall truck and Parker hops into an SUV in front of the truck. The transfer begins.
Who is the girl in the cage? Where is Carroll?
Ryan confronts warden Montero. The warden has been giving Ryan a hard time about breaking Carroll’s fingers. Ryan and Weston ask him if he granted Carroll’s request because the followers have his daughter. His daughter has been missing for two days.
The girl that Bo has in the cage is Dana, and she’s the warden’s daughter. Charlie says they’ll use her as leverage to make sure they all make it home safe tonight.
Ryan calls Parker and tells her Carroll is not in the truck. She checks, and he is right. As the warden is driving away from the detention center Ryan stops him and checks the trunk. Nothing. Olivia drives from the center to an unknown location and stops the car. Carroll gets out of the trunk.
It’s been fun, Olivia
Carroll is now dressed in a suit and riding in the car with Olivia. He has her call Ryan and say “Joe Carroll is killing me and it’s because of you.” Then Carroll chokes Olivia to death.
Ryan and Weston arrive at her car and witnesses tell them Carroll ran into a nearby fancy hotel. Ryan runs inside and spots Carroll right before he runs off with two people- one guy and one woman named Louise. Ryan follows the threesome to a parking garage where he struggles with the guy while Carroll and Louise jump into a waiting helicopter and fly away. Ryan shoots the guy in the leg but he is unable to catch Carroll.
Charlie, Emma, and Joey prepare to leave their location. Charlie kills Bo and leaves his body.
Parker meets up at the parking garage with Ryan. She gives him 5 minutes to make the guy talk. Ryan sticks his finger in the guy’s leg wound and the guy starts singing. He gives up the location of the warden’s daughter and Ryan and the FBI team save her.
Ryan goes to Claire’s home to speak with her. Since Carroll is free she needs to leave the house and go into hiding. She gets upset with Ryan because Joey is still missing and now her crazy ass ex-husband is free.
Carroll arrives at a place that looks like a university dorm. As he walks to the door he sees Charlie, Emma, Joey, and a ton of followers walk outside. Joey recognizes his father but he looks very afraid.