The Following

An American thriller starting 13 February at 23:00

Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon and UK's James Purefoy star in this terrifying new thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream) which will be broadcast on SABC 3, from Monday, 13th February 2017 at 23:00.

When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from death row, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll's capture in 2003, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature.  Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll. He knows him better than anyone; he is perhaps Carroll's only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn't the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it's been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. This new investigation is his redemption, his call to action.

In contrast to the original investigation years ago, Hardy isn't calling the shots anymore. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp Mike Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker, who is brought in to lead the investigation into Carroll and his followers. Although Weston seems to idolize him, most of the team considers Hardy to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of followers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape.

The FBI's investigation leads Hardy back to Claire Matthews, Carroll's ex-wife and the mother of the criminal's young son, Joey. Close during Hardy's initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll's next move. The tension rises when Carroll's accomplices kidnap his last intended victim, Sarah Fuller from 10 years ago. Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll's game when he realizes that the psychopath intends to finish what he started.  The intense, spellbinding drama follows Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, orchestrated by the devious Carroll, who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. But since anyone anywhere could be a follower, how do you know who to trust?

Cast List:

Played by

Character Name

Kevin Bacon Ryan Hardy
James Purefoy Joe Carroll
Annie Parisse Debra Parker
Natalie Zea Claire Matthews
Shawn Ashmore Mike Weston
Valorie Curry Emma
Nico Tortorella Jacob
Adan Canto Paul

Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he's faced with not one but an entire cult of serial killers. Tune in for all the intrigue and enthralling drama of The Following on SABC 3 every Monday at 23:00 starting 13th February, 2017.


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