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What You Need To Know About "The Following" Before Season 3

It’s the creepy, twisty show everyone’s talking about – and it’s back. With season 3 about to land, here’s what you missed. Catch the season premiere of The Following at 9:00pm on March 7 on Sky Atlantic. ~HERE BE SPOILERS~.

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This is our guy. Kevin Bacon. Or "Ryan Hardy". (It's still Kevin Bacon in our heads though, tbh.)

He's been dragged out of retirement for this one last thing. You know the deal. This is the thing that happens when you know it's gonna get good.
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He's been dragged out of retirement for this one last thing. You know the deal. This is the thing that happens when you know it's gonna get good.

He's an easy-going kinda FBI agent. As his FBI team-mate Agent Weston put it:

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Cool, cool. Just tell us what your really think, Weston.

Hardy's white whale has escaped from prison — serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) has bunked off without so much as a note from his mum.

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Serial killers gonna serial kill.

(But what's the deal with Hardy and Carroll? We're getting to that.)

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So the recently escaped Carroll rounded up a bunch of like-minded reprobates and turned them into a cult of fanatical killers.

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Y'know, as you do.

Including Emma Hill (Valorie Curry), whom you last saw as a vampire.

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There's a thing here. Pretty sure.

To figure out the mind of this killer and get him back, Hardy finds Carroll's ex-wife, Claire (Natalie Zea), and enlists her to help understand his serial killer psyche.

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She has so much to say.

The thing: She's also Hardy's former love.

Awks.
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Awks.

Things get crazy, Claire's kid gets kidnapped by his dad Joe Carroll, and FBI officers get dragged in...

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...and one ends up buried alive in a coffin with a manuscript by the increasingly crazy Joe Carroll.

Manuscript?!

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(Unfinished manuscript.)

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Long book.

Because a gas explosion on a boat means that he'll never finish the thing.

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There's a lot going on here. Have a cat GIF and a cup of tea and come back in a minute.

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With Carroll dead, season 2 needed a new cult leader...

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...one to lure Carroll out of hiding. Enter Lily Gray and her sons Mark and Luke.

Because obviously Carroll can't be dead.

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Spoilers: He's not dead. He's living with a serial killer fan. And he didn't stay hidden for long.

That was just the first two seasons, Kevin Bacon!

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Catch up on season 1 and 2 properly, and then tune in at 9.00pm on March 7 when season 3 of The Following airs on Sky Atlantic.

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