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.
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.
Season 2, Episode 5 REVIEW
– – Joe, Lily, Emma – –
The episode opens with Joe Carroll shaving his beard. Looking good! He shares a drink with Lily but they don’t talk about anything important.
Lily introduces Joe to the rest of the people living in her house. He seems surprised to learn about the twins, Luke and Mark. An angry Emma watches from the background, but she finally gets a moment alone with Joe. She asks why he never tried to find her, why did he abandon her and leave her all alone, why didn’t he tell her that he would fake his death? Joe says that he failed her and he is sorry, but Emma quietly walks away.
Once again the FBI works wonders with surveillance cameras, and they see footage of Ryan fighting Giselle, and then Max getting on the train. Now Agent Mendez wants the FBI to call local officials in Connecticut.
FBI learns about Judy in Arkansas, along with the missing pastor and the missing daughter, Mandy.
Joe and Emma meet up again, and he apologizes again. He asks Emma to trust Lily but Emma says ‘They are all crazy.’ Joe says he has a plan for them to start over. Meanwhile, Lily asks Mark to keep Emma busy. She wants to spend some time with Joe without Emma lurking around.
Mark takes Emma to a room where they can paint. Emma starts a portrait of Mark and then he walks over and strokes her face. She gently touches his face but then he freaks out and tells her that she can’t touch him without permission. Emma gets angry and tries to leave but finds that Mark locked them in the room.
Lily has kidnapped and sedated a young college woman, and she presents the woman to Joe as an offering. There are torture tools nearby. Joe is disgusted and walks out of the room.
Joe tells Lily that he will not be controlled. Then he goes to the room where the college girl is being held and he kills her. Afterwards he goes to Lily’s room and has sex with her.
Emma finishes her portrait of Mark, but a close look shows Mark’s body with Joe’s face.
– – Max, Ryan, and Gisele – –
Max follows Gisele off the train. Gisele calls Luke and tells him about Ryan and Max trying to detain her. She says she’ll hide out at the factory. He tells her not to worry and he’ll pick her up soon.
Ryan is driving to the station and tells Max to not follow Giselle. Of course Max doesn’t listen.
Ryan and Max corner Giselle and forcibly take her to a motel room. Ryan tells Giselle that she needs to start talking and give up Lily’s location. Giselle spits in Ryan’s face and he chokes her.
Max starts to call her FBI colleagues and then Gisele gives up the location of the factory, claiming that’s where Lily and the twins are. Max wants to be Ryan’s backup but he demands that she stay with Giselle and he’ll go alone to the factory.
Gisele is handcuffed, and she injures her hand as she forces it out of the cuff. She starts heading to the factory.
Luke arrives at the factory with one of the guys from Lily’s house. He engages in a shootout with Ryan. Ryan gets hit by a bullet and he kills Luke’s partner before running away.
Gisele arrives and meets with Luke. They run into the woods to track down Ryan and kill him.
Ryan finds a house where he can quickly nurse his wound but Luke and Gisele show up a little bit later. Gisele taunts Ryan and says she killed Max, and Ryan stabs her to death. Luke shoots after Ryan but he misses, and Ryan is able to escape while Luke mourns for Giselle.