The Following -- Season 1
#01 "Pilot"#09 "Love Hurts"
#02 "Chapter Two"#10 "Guilt"
#03 "The Poet's Fire"#11 "Whips & Regret"
#04 "Mad Love"#12 "The Curse"
#05 "The Siege"#13 "Havenport"
#06 "The Fall"#14 "The End is Near"
#07 "Let Me Go"#15 "The Final Chapter"
#08 "Welcome Home"
Season 1

January 21, 2013 - April 29, 2013
Even Serial Killers Have Friends

Season 1 of The Following premiered on January 21, 2013, on Fox. It also premiered in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2013 on Sky Atlantic.


Principal CastEdit

In order of character appearances

Recurring CastEdit

In order of character appearances (3+)


# Image Title Airdate Writer(s) Director
101 Pilot "Pilot" January 21, 2013 Kevin Williamson Marcos Siega
Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is called out of retirement to track down Joe Carroll after he escapes from prison. Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp Mike Weston. The investigation also leads Hardy back to Claire Matthews, Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of the criminal’s young son, Joey. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has an ever-growing cult of followers.
102 ChapterTwo "Chapter Two" January 28, 2013 Kevin Williamson Marcos Siega
Ryan Hardy, Agent Mike Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker, who is brought in to lead the investigation into Joe Carroll and his followers, dive deeper into the history of Carroll’s psyche. To do so, they enlist the help of Carroll’s ex-wife, and Hardy’s former love, Claire Matthews. Meanwhile, Emma, Jacob and Paul keep Claire’s son Joey at a house in the country as they prepare for their next move.
103 ThePoetsFire "The Poet's Fire" February 4, 2013 Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Liz Friedlander
A new follower is found in Rick Kester, who is on a determined path to follow through on Carroll’s orders. Hardy and the FBI attempt to predict Rick’s course of revenge, which leads to a surprising outcome. Meanwhile, Paul’s jealousy over Emma and Jacob’s relationship leads to a breaking point, and the origin of Hardy and Carroll’s relationship is revealed.
104 MadLove "Mad Love" February 11, 2013 Kevin Williamson Henry Bronchtein
Maggie devises a plot to put an end to Hardy. Tension rises as Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma, and Hardy and Claire's past relationship is explored.
105 TheSiege "The Siege" February 18, 2013 Rebecca Dameron Phil Abraham
When Claire receives a phone call that may lead her to her son, Joey, Hardy and the FBI set their next move into motion, causing panic at the followers’ hideout. Meanwhile, Carroll seeks a lawyer from his past to send a message that has deadly results.
106 The Following 1x06-1 "The Fall" February 25, 2013 Shintaro Shimosawa Marcos Siega
Carroll’s true intentions are revealed through a new follower, Charlie, and as Hardy learns of Carroll’s plans, he tries to stall Emma, Jacob and Paul by taunting them in hopes of turning them against each other. Meanwhile, Emma makes a shocking decision.
107 The Following 1x07-1 "Let Me Go" March 4, 2013 Seamus Kevin Fahey Nick Gomez
With the help of attorney Olivia Warren, Joe Carroll makes a case against Ryan and the FBI to be transferred to a different facility, but Ryan suspects a larger plan may be at play. Meanwhile, Emma and Joey arrive at a meeting point and come across another one of Roderick's men who has a secret of his own.
108 The Following 1x08-6 "Welcome Home" March 11, 2013 Amanda Kate Shuman Joshua Butler
With Joey Matthews still missing and the search for Joe Carroll escalating, the FBI brings in Nick Donovan to run lead on the case, much to Ryan and Parker's dismay. Meanwhile, a follower from the past meets up with Joe Carroll, and their plans have a life-threatening result.
109 The Following 1x09-1 "Love Hurts" March 18, 2013 Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Adam Davidson
With Weston still in the hospital, Ryan and Parker attempt to outsmart their new leader Nick as a way to continue their search. In a surprising move, Joe reaches out to Ryan to demand Claire’s location and reveals that he will go to great lengths to lure her out of FBI custody. Meanwhile, followers from the past make a shocking return.
110 The Following 1x10-1 "Guilt" March 25, 2013 Kevin Williamson
Shintaro Shimosawa
Joshua Butler
After discovering Claire's location, Joe sends two followers to capture her, but Ryan may be one step ahead. Meanwhile, Jacob struggles with recent decisions causing his reunion with Emma to be less than ideal. Also, a relationship from Ryan's past plays a significant role in his future.
111 The Following 1x11-4 "Whips & Regret" April 1, 2013 Kevin Williamson
Rebecca Dameron
Marcos Siega
After losing Claire to Joe’s followers, Ryan and Parker attempt to recover while the FBI tracks down an undercover location that may have dark ties to Joe’s following. Meanwhile, Claire adjusts to life at the follower’s mansion and has an unexpected reunion, while Emma and Jacob continue to deal with Emma’s betrayal.
112 The Following 1x12-1 "The Curse" April 8, 2013 Seamus Kevin Fahey
Amanda Kate Shuman
David Von Ancken
Ryan and the FBI discover a follower who might be able to lead them to Joe Carroll's location. Agent Weston returns to the case but his run-in with the cult may have had a bigger impact on him than anyone originally thought. Meanwhile, Claire and Emma come face-to-face for the first time since Joey’s kidnapping.
113 Havenport "Havenport" April 15, 2013 David Wilcox
Vincent Angell
Nicole Kassell
After being recognized at a police station by Weston, Roderick is forced to go on the run, and his disagreements with Joe come to a head when he abducts Joey as "insurance" against Carroll and the FBI. Roderick is killed by the followers for his betrayal, and Joey is rescued by Hardy and Weston after a tense standoff with Jacob. Claire seduces Carroll and stabs him, causing him serious injury. Overcome with pain and frustration, Carroll calls Hardy and informs him that he plans to kill Claire.
114 The End Is Near "The End is Near" April 22, 2013 Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Joshua Butler
Frustrated with his writing, drinking heavily and bleeding from his open wound, Carroll becomes increasingly unstable, and his erratic behavior destroys morale among his followers. As Hardy and the FBI launch a raid on their compound, the cult retaliates with an attack on an evacuation center in Havenport, giving Carroll the chance to get away safely. With Hardy distracted at the evacuation center, cult members capture Parker and bury her alive. Emma and Jacob recapture Claire, and with their help, Carroll escapes with Claire on a boat. Jacob expresses a desire to leave his cult life behind, but Emma kills him before he can do so.
115 The Final Chapter "The Final Chapter" April 29, 2013 Kevin Williamson Marcos Siega
An angry and injured Joe Carroll escapes with Claire to a secluded island lighthouse. While investigating Parker's whereabouts, the FBI are attacked by a sniper, who Hardy and Weston capture and torture. The two finally discover Parker's location, but they arrive too late and find Parker has suffocated. Hardy discovers Carroll's unfinished manuscript in her coffin, which leads him to a location where Emma drugs and captures him. He wakes up in the lighthouse, and his confrontation with Carroll comes to blows. Their fight takes them to a boathouse where a rogue gunshot ignites tanks of gasoline; Hardy manages to escape as the building explodes with Carroll trapped inside. The FBI believes Carroll is dead, and Hardy takes Claire back to his apartment where Molly stabs both of them.



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