On the season premiere of The Following...
A year after Ryan Hardy was stabbed, Claire was killed, and Joe Carroll presumed dead, Ryan is happy, healthy and sober.
A new cult surfaces carrying out a subway stabbing with a message: “Joe Carroll lives.”
Mike Weston and Ryan are called back by the FBI to determine if it is the original cult or something new.
Ryan refuses to help the FBI. However, with the aid of his NYPD detective niece, he tracks down a follower, Carlos. He reveals that Joe is alive.
Carlos manages to escape and meet up with twins, Mark and Luke, members of the new cult.
A bearded Joe in hiding watches the news about the new murders.