This is our guy. Kevin Bacon. Or "Ryan Hardy". (It's still Kevin Bacon in our heads though, tbh.)
He's an easy-going kinda FBI agent. As his FBI team-mate Agent Weston put it:
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.
(But what's the deal with Hardy and Carroll? We're getting to that.)
So the recently escaped Carroll rounded up a bunch of like-minded reprobates and turned them into a cult of fanatical killers.
Including Emma Hill (Valorie Curry), whom you last saw as a vampire.
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.
The thing: She's also Hardy's former love.
Things get crazy, Claire's kid gets kidnapped by his dad Joe Carroll, and FBI officers get dragged in...
Because a gas explosion on a boat means that he'll never finish the thing.
There's a lot going on here. Have a cat GIF and a cup of tea and come back in a minute.
With Carroll dead, season 2 needed a new cult leader...
Because obviously Carroll can't be dead.
That was just the first two seasons, Kevin Bacon!
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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