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.

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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


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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