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The Following: Season 2 (2014)




Critic Consensus: 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.


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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.


Kevin Bacon
as Ryan Hardy
James Purefoy
as Joe Carroll
Shawn Ashmore
as Agent Mike Weston
Connie Nielsen
as Lily Gray
Sam Underwood
as Luke/Mark
Jessica Stroup
as Max Hardy
Tiffany Boone
as Mandy Lang
Sprague Grayden
as Carrie Cooke
Valerie Cruz
as Agent Gina Mendez
Felix Solis
as Agent Clarke
Natalie Zea
as Claire Matthews
John Lafayette
as Captain Turner
Annie Parisse
as Debra Parker
Tom Cavanagh
as Kingston
James McDaniel
as Agent Phillips
C.J. Wilson
as Rev. Glenn
Emily Kinney
as Mallory
Leslie Bibb
as Jana Murphy
Gregg Henry
as Dr. Strauss
Pico Alexander
as Young Joe
Kaija Matiss
as Courtney
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Critic Reviews for The Following: Season 2

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

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.

January 17, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

February 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.

February 11, 2014 | Full Review…

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

January 29, 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.

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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.

January 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Following: Season 2


Super Reviewer


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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