The Following: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2
The Following

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While The Following still engineers effective thrills -- and hasn't let up on the gore -- a creeping predictability has set in, reducing the number of chilling surprises.



Critic Ratings: 18


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Air date: Jan 19, 2014
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Series 2 catches up with former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) in the aftermath of his showdown with escaped serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). As the lone survivor of a new killing spree, Lily Gray (Connie Nielsen) is called in to help Ryan and Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) solve the case, but Ryan's reluctance to re-join the FBI finds him working alongside his niece Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup) behind closed doors. As Ryan crosses paths with some complicated people, he believes that Joe is nowhere near finished wreaking havoc.

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Critic Reviews for The Following Season 2

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

This season instantly ratchets up the sadism with the aforementioned treatment of a comely corpse as a living doll. Unlike the first time around, that's pretty much doused my interest in playing along any further.

Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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In a stunning example of storytelling at its peak, The Following returned with a season two opener that simply put made you cringe with expectation.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

"Resurrection" was a decent reorientation into The Following's world, and reminded us of who lived or died as of the first season.

Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's truly been an interesting change from the premise of last season.

Feb 18, 2014 | Full Review…

I'm sure that Bacon knows that his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, would have solved all this in two episodes of The Closer.

Feb 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Just like Hardy, who has become a sober criminology professor by day in order to conceal his real identity as a "hell-bent on revenge vigilante" by night, The Following seems to have dual agendas at play.

Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Together, [Mark and Luke] make an incredible one-two punch of creepiness.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It should be a pleasure to watch Mr. Bacon in his first starring TV role, but his character is no more three-dimensional than any of the others.

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

If this start is any indication of what's to come, I'm excited to watch this chilling thriller soaked in the dark and mysterious terror.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The intense brutality is back and perhaps elevated even more with the new recruits, and the story does, indeed, thrive because of it.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Following: Season 2

  • Jul 06, 2014
    Praise Joe! The gritty and intense crime drama The Following continues to get darker in its second season. After being drawn out of hiding, convicted serial killer Joe Carroll seeks refuge with a religious cult and begins to manipulate them into doing his will; meanwhile former FBI agent Ryan Hardy works secretly to find and kill Carroll. The season is oddly structured as the transitions between the story threats are a little stark and uneven. However, the show does an interesting job at exploring themes of religion and family, and how they can be abused and perverted. There are some rough spots throughout the episodes and some failed subplots, but Season 2 of The Following is still fresh and exciting.
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  • Sep 01, 2017
    A big disappointment after the first series. The characters are weak or broken. The feel of it seems to be familiar but to other programs - think NCIS, or some dodgy 80s action. I really was expecting more
  • Mar 06, 2017
    It's good really good
  • Oct 29, 2015
    Another terrifying season.
  • Jul 07, 2015
    These critics obviously only watched an episode or two. This had me more on edge than Dexter!
  • Mar 23, 2015
    Perhaps not as good as season 1 but still a great season worth watching every second.
  • Dec 20, 2014
    Suspenseful, gripping, violent, fairly surprising and featuring standout acting performances by Jessica Stroup, Valorie Curry, Sam Underwood, Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Connie Nielsen and James Purefoy. The second season of The Following doesn't come close to reaching the levels of the superior first season but is still entertaining and enjoyable to watch even though it suffers from a couple mishaps down the road. However, I am still a fan and more than looking forward to the third season.
  • Nov 08, 2014
    Eh Gads....the writing is horrible. The plot implausible and Kevin Bacon's acting is sub-standard. They writers should be shot. The essential plot is workable but the ridiculous decisions made by "Ryan" and the FBI are comical. (How may people does it take to screw in a lightbulb, I mean catch a suspect) The only redeeming thing is James Purefoy, who must be laughing all the way to the bank. Hopefully this opens doors for Purefoy so he can pursue a TRUE acting career and be offered better roles. I look forward to seeing him in a better role...SOON!
  • Sep 08, 2014
    James Purefoy stars as Joe Carol, a serial killer and Kevin Bacon is Ryan Hardy, a burned out retired, alcoholic detective trying to catch him. I know that seems like a pretty simple plot idea, but this show takes some twists and turns and is actually just really twisted. Some of the scenes even disturbed me and that’s saying a lot. I don’t get disturbed to easily. At the beginning of the show Joe is incarcerated, but by the end of the season he is on the run and on a rampage. What makes him different from other serial killers is that e has a following, hence the title. These people will do anything for him, kill other people, kill themselves and just do some crazy things. I know it sounds crazy, but you actually kind of start to like him or at least root for him because other people he encounters end up being even worse than him, believe it or not. He meets up with a crazy chick that wants to be his serial killer bride in the second season and even gets involved in a cult lead by a bigger kook than him. I’m not sure if the show has sustaining power though. The writers are going to have to work overtime to keep it interesting because I think it would be difficult to build a whole show on just Ryan chasing Joe everywhere. I think, unless the writers can pull out some cool stuff, this concept may get old.
  • Jul 26, 2014
    Crazy plot twists are not enough to keep this show from drowning in TERRIBLE writing and horribly incompetent characters. The only reason the plot can progress is because the FBI and main character are continually falling over themselves and making dumb decisions (thinly veiled as emotional turmoil) that allow the "bad guys" to escape time and time again.

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