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.