(from FOX's press release, May 2013) Heading into its intense, spell binding second season, hit drama THE FOLLOWING will return as we catch up with Ryan Hardy, who has since withdrawn from consulting with the FBI after the shocking events at the end of the first season. After several bizarre incidents, Ryan realizes that Carroll's bloody web of murder is not over. THE FOLLOWING is a psychological thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson ("The Vampire Diaries," "Dawson's Creek," the "Scream" franchise), starring Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Kevin Bacon. When notorious serial killer JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy) escaped from death row, the FBI called former agent RYAN HARDY (Bacon) to consult on the case, as he was the one responsible for Carroll's capture in 2003, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature. Ryan, working closely with an FBI team, including MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore) and FBI Specialist DEBRA PARKER (Annie Parisse), uncovered that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of followers while in prison. Challenged with the ever-growing web of murders orchestrated by the devious Carroll, the FBI quickly learned that they were up against not one, but a cult of killers. As unimaginable events continued to unfold throughout the first season - including the kidnapping of Carroll's son, JOEY MATTHEWS (newcomer Kyle Catlett), by followers EMMA HILL (Valorie Curry), JACOB WELLS (Nico Tortorella) and PAUL TORRES (AdanCanto); another prison escape by Carroll; and the plotted reunion of Carroll with ex-wife, CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea) - the FBI's investigations led them to uncover the depth of Carroll's cult and the larger plan that Carroll had instore. The series' initial season saw a number of casualties along the way, including Jacob's emotional killing of Paul, the kidnapping of Agent Parker that ended in her death and Emma's murder of Jacob. Meanwhile, Ryan raced desperately to stop Carroll before his endgame reached its deadly conclusion. The explosive first season finale featured the highly anticipated face-off between Ryan and Carroll, ending in Carroll's ultimate demise and leaving Ryan's true love, Claire, hanging on for her life. THE FOLLOWING is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega also serves as an executive producer and director.