The Path: Season 2 (2017)


Season 2
The Path

Critics Consensus

The Path struggles with occasionally logy pacing in its second season, but an expanded canvas and heightened stakes -- along with overall solid performances -- make the end results worth watching.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 76
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In its second season, The Path follows the Meyerist Movement as it tries to make sense of Dr. Meyer's mysterious departure. Tormented by strange visions, Eddie struggles with a new life while Sarah, despite her skepticism of Cal, now stands beside him as Co-Guardian of the Light. When Sarah finally learns of Cal's dark past, she buries the truth for the betterment of the Movement. Cal and Sarah, now closer than ever, strive to atone for their misdeeds while Eddie, confronted with the meaning of his visions, discovers the truth of Dr. Meyer's departure.


Aaron Paul
as Eddie Cleary
Michelle Monaghan
as Sarah Cleary
Hugh Dancy
as Cal Roberts
Rockmond Dunbar
as Abe Gaines
Ali Ahn
as Nicole
Amy Forsyth
as Ashley Fields
Kaili Vernoff
as Kerry Ridge
Kyle Allen
as Hawk Cleary
Minka Kelly
as Miranda Frank
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Critic Reviews for The Path Season 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

The lessons are harsh and delivered with greater conviction. Guided by strong performances all around, each character feels like they're living on the edge of a revelation.

Jan 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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In its sophomore slump, The Path seems to have forgotten why it wanted us to believe in it in the first place.

Jan 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The show's second season places the focus on religion and adds shades to its once black-and-white struggle.

Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Path" can be maddeningly slow at times, but it's those sublime moments of uncertainty that make it unlike anything else on television right now.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a lot that's good about The Path, but you have to chop through an underbrush of tedium to remain on its trail.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The Path contains ace performances from its three leads, and Season 2 works hard to expand the story up and out of the compound as Eddie attempts to live a post-cult life.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

The rewards of The Path - including some stellar performances - are far more tangible than those promised by the Meyerists, but the climb has only gotten more burdensome in a season that fails to expand the show in a narratively compelling way.

Jan 19, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

By turns darkly intense and ponderous, The Path boasts a stellar cast that in season 2 is given more to do now that the characters and their roles have been better established.

Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…

But what was always good about The Path is better than ever in season two.

Jan 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All told, The Path is an engaging way to spend your spare time, but you're not likely to make like the cult members and reorganize your life around it.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

For a show that's considering some of the biggest philosophical, psychological and societal questions of our day, 'The Path' lacks any feeling of risk.

Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Path season 2 manages to take an already strong series and imbue it with a more confident swagger as it takes larger swings and risks, the bulk of which all pay off.

Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Path: Season 2

  • Dec 20, 2019
    Frustrating. Don't like some of the new characters.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Season 2 was pretty intense DEFINITELY worth watching if you have seen season 1 as story line pics up well.
  • Mar 06, 2018
    I am beginning to learn that maybe there is something to the "sophomore slump" meaning the second season of a show tends to not hit the same peaks as season 1. That isn't to say I haven't like the show, but you can see some changes that should have happened and didn't and some that didn't but should have. I want to say first of all that the acting is just as good, if not better. Aaron Paul is someone a person can identify with even more, Hugh Dancy is becoming more unhinged and the rest just flow together better. That being said the season was too long. They added three more episodes, but that just made the main point drag way too much. Instead of telling a story the writers had to fill time and that is what made it not as high up on my list. The single biggest plot issue I had was the disappearance of the whole investigating a murder storyline. I realize it is a little bit of a spoiler to say that, but there is absolutely nothing about it in the second season, as if the writers just cut it out completely. Maybe it will come back around in Season 3, but I doubt it. Pros: Once again Aaron Paul is great, the rest do well in acting. The character and actor for Hawk is just growing on me. Cons: Sometimes making a longer season doesn't make the show better. Too much filler means it takes too long to tell the story.
  • Jun 24, 2017
    I am so disappointed with this show. The plot is vague and everyone is sneaky. Eddie is the only one I like. The rest suck.
  • Mar 25, 2017
    A fabulous second season, expanding an already complex story that forces the audience to question the nature of their own belief.
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Not perfect but interesting and fresh
  • Mar 11, 2017
    After the first season of "The Path", I had both hopes and fears for the show. The "hope" part centered on the incredible cast and acting performances. The "fear" portion? Even in the solid first season, the show was carried by that acting. Plot-wise, it had a tendency to meander. Unfortunately, the fears outpaced the hopes in this Second Season, as the show merely treads water without any direction. I think the biggest problem with "The Path" at this point is that the best parts of the show were always carried by the tension between Cal (Hugh Dancy), Eddie (Aaron Paul), and Sarah (Michelle Monaghan). However, all the really good material was burned up from that triangle in Season 1. So, what is the path (pardon the pun) for the show to continue the greatness? Well, the "path" should be to double down on story/writing, but instead the show chooses to stick with the same formula, but just less of it. The Eddie/Sarah/Cal scenes are still great...but they are few and far between. The bigger problem is that the other material isn't pulling its weight. Hawk (Kyle Allen) had a very interesting plot line in S1, but here in S2 he almost turns into a pathetic character (one that is easy to hate instead of anything complex). Also, there is an added focus on Abe (Rockmond Dunbar), which has always been the worst part of the show (too police-procedural-ish for my tastes). They even try to give Abe a backstory to make us care, but it feels incredibly forced. Also, all the other ancillary characters in the Compound just aren't interesting enough to hold viewer interest. So, despite my love for the first season of this show, I didn't even make it all the way through this second effort. After 6-7 episodes, the plots hadn't gone anywhere, the characters seemed to be stuck in loops, and it became a chore to watch. Unless a major re-structure happens, I think this will be the end of "The Path". They had some good stories to tell and parallels to make with organized religion, but once all that good material was used up in S1, nothing has worked since.
  • Mar 05, 2017
    Great show. Suspenseful, great music and amazing cast. The writing really makes you think and we're enjoying the character development as they navigate through the craziness that is their lives.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    I liked the first season but now this series has become a soap opera that seems to get nowhere.

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