March 3, 2014
Running time
60 minutes
Production code
Written by
Directed by
Guest starring

Sacrifice is the seventh episode in Season 2, and overall the twenty-second produced episode of The Following. It first aired in the United States on March 3, 2014 on FOX.


While Ryan continues working with the FBI to find Joe and Lily, a new danger targets Max. Meanwhile, Joe, Emma, and Mandy arrive at the compound.


  • The title refers to the possible death of Emma Hill, which was a sacrifice and the death of Mike Westons father, who was also a sacrifice.
    • However, the wife of Micah revealed that Emma was alive and that Joe would see her later. However, Joe and Mandy hadn't seen yet Emma after the conversation. She was confirmed to be alive in the next episode.
  • This marks the first time that a young child was involved in a crime.
  • Actress Jessica Stroup appears not to have a tattoo there in real life, so it was added by the writers for the character. However, Jessica does have three tattoos - on the back of her neck, her right rib and left wrist.
    • Max Hardy has been revealed to have a tattoo on her lower abdomen.
  • According to the writers, Mike and Max were originally supposed to have their first kiss in this episode. However, the script was later changed drastically, wanting their relationship to develop further.
The Following -- Season 2
#01 "Resurrection"#09 "Unmasked"
#02 "For Joe"#10 "Teacher's Pet"
#03 "Trust Me"#11 "Freedom"
#04 "Family Affair"#12 "Betrayal"
#05 "Reflection"#13 "The Reaping"
#06 "Fly Away"#14 "Silence"
#07 "Sacrifice"#15 "Forgive"
#08 "The Messenger"
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