03x15 - The Reckoning

Episode transcripts for the TV show, "The Following". Aired: January 2013 to May 2015.
A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial k*ller communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.
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03x15 - The Reckoning

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I'm pregnant. You're gonna be a father.

Ryan: You and this baby, you mean everything to me.

I want this family.

He tortured me.

He made me think I was drowning.

And we'll make him pay for that.

Theo: Penny, get out of here!



I never should have left you, Max.

You're the love of my life.

Max: Mike! Mike! No!

Officer down! I need an ambulance!

Doctor: The damage was extensive.

He'll wake up?

Mike's condition is very delicate.


You're Ryan Hardy, aren't you?


Can I help you?

May we come in?

There's been a change of plans.

We want Ryan Hardy alive, or the deal is off.

Ryan: I think Theo got to Mendez.

So it's a trap for you?

I know I messed up before, but it's behind me.

I hope that's true.

Man: You got something, Barton?

All clear.

You're good. You're ok, all right?

I'm gonna get you help.

Special agent Ryan Hardy.

I need an ambulance right now.


Get out.


Where we going?

Your grave.

You should know something.

What's that?

This is not how I end.

You're not the guy to do it.

You sure?

Pretty sure.

Well, I doubt both of us will make it through this day.

Yeah, probably not.

Theo: Hey. Can't wait to see which one of us survives.

[Indistinct chatter]

CSU found this g*n tossed into the woods.

It has Ryan's prints on it.

We found a blood match here.

Agent Alison Barton.

Now Barton, Ryan, and Theo are unaccounted for.

How's that possible?

We had a perimeter set up.

Theo must have forced Barton to drive him through our roadblocks.

Did we run the lojack?

There's no signal. He disabled it, same with all the cell phones.

Ok. I understand why Theo used Barton to escape, but why would he move Ryan?

If he was gonna k*ll him, why not just do it here?

So he could take his time with him, make him suffer.

Where's agent Barton?

You're worried about her?

That's how I got the jump on you.

Your compassion makes you weak.

No. You're wrong.

It's the opposite.

Really? You know, I never found compassion very useful.

That's because you're a narcissist.

We all start out that way.

You just never grew up.

I did care about my sister.

I'm gonna show you how much.

That's why we're here.

Hey. Barton, Barton.

Look at me. How's the shoulder?

I think the bleeding stopped.

The b*llet could still be lodged in there.

Come on. Let's get you up, get you elevated.

Let's go. Come on.


You remember how long we were driving?

He knocked me out once we got past the FBI line, but we got here early morning, so has to be within 4 hours of Mendez's safe house.

I don't think there's a way out.

Sure there is. We just have to find it.


We haven't spotted agent Barton's car, but there's still a lot of video to go through.

All right. We have to assume that Theo switched cars.

All right. We find where, we find out what he's driving now.

Lisa: Max.

We haven't found anything yet.

Max, you need to get to the hospital.

It's Mike.

Gwen, what's going on? How is he?

There's been a setback.

He developed a really high fever.

They took him back into the O.R., and they found a knick in his colon.

They hadn't seen it before.

What does that mean?

He's fighting sepsis.

They've got him on the strongest antibiotics, but I'm not gonna lie to you.

This is serious.

I called Ryan, but I... I haven't heard back from him.

He's in the field.

Come on.

[Cell phone ringing]


Do you have Ryan Hardy?


Good work. I'll give you a location on where to deliver him.

I'm not clear why you want him alive.

He was at the penthouse. I need to know what he's learned.

Too bad. I'm keeping him.

Give him to me, and we'll give you a life where no one is hunting for you.

That's what you asked for.

No. That was when my sister was alive.

That means nothing to me now.

You're not being rational.

When he g*n her down, she looked right at me.

I can still see her face.

I understand your loss.

No, you don't.

You know how bad it is to the FBI as an enemy?

That won't compare to what we'll do to you.

It's funny. You're the one who sounds afraid.

Theo, please.

Well, since you said, "please,"

I'll send you a souvenir.

How about his pacemaker after I've ripped it out of his chest?

Hey. Ali.

Hey, Ali. Stay with me.

I don't want to die in here.

Then you keep fighting.

Who's waiting for you out there?

My dad, my boyfriend.

Ok. You picture them.

You stay alive for the people you love.

That's what I'm doing.

I'm trying, I'm trying.

Tell me about your boyfriend.

What's his name?


He's gonna propose.

I found the ring.

And what are you gonna say?


I'm gonna say yes.

Then you hang on.

[Keys clattering in lock]

You're not quitting on me, are you, Agent Barton?

Go to hell.

Hmm. Come with me.

Max, why don't you sit down?

You know, he told me he loved me right before he was attacked.

Mike told me I was the love of his life.

I didn't say it back to him.

I thought that I would have more time to tell him later.

He knows, ok?

He knows.

God. I thought I would have heard from Ryan by now.

Look. I'm not supposed to say anything.

I was hoping maybe we would get some good news, but...

What is it? Is Ryan ok?

He's missing.

What do you mean missing?

I don't have any details to give you, but just know that the entire bureau is looking for him, and we are gonna find him.

Nurse: Mr. Weston is out of surgery.

He's critical but s*ab.

How's his fever?

His temperature's still high, but we'll continue to monitor him, see how he does on the antibiotics.

Can I see him?

Once we've cleaned him up, moved him to a room, I'll come get you.

Thank you.

This is great news, Max.

It's a good sign.

Gwen, I'm sorry I didn't tell you about Ryan sooner.

Is it Theo?

We're gonna find him, ok?

You got off on k*lling my sister, didn't you?

You k*lled your sister.

If you actually loved, Penny, you never would have involved her in this, but you don't know anything about love.

And you do?

I told you if you came after me I would take everyone from you, everyone!

But you couldn't resist, huh?

You had to be a hero.

If you're gonna k*ll me, k*ll me.

Otherwise, shut the hell up.

I'm gonna k*ll you, Ryan, but first...

[Muffled grunting]

I'm gonna make you suffer just like I promised.





Is this what you did to Penny?

You knew she was afraid of water, so you tortured her with it!

What do you expect?

You declare w*r on everyone I love, I'll do anything I can to protect them.

Oh. Well, what are they gonna do after you're gone?

Hopkins: I got a hit.

A vehicle with Barton's plate number went through a toll gate on I-87, going north.

Call up all the cameras in the area, highways, street views, Bridges, anything.

It was captured northbound at exit 52.

Can you enhance the photo so we can get a better look at the driver's face?

It's him. It's Theo.

You're the love of my life.

You know that, right?

[Cell phone ringing]

[Softly] Hopkins.

How's Mike?

He's hanging in.

You get a lead on Ryan?

Campbell didn't want me to bother you, but I thought you should know.

We've isolated a square mile on I-87.

Barton's car has to be in the area.

We've got men on the ground, and we're continuing to scour video surveillance.

Forward the video to my tablet.

I can work from here.

I'm on it.

[Breathes deeply]







The expression on your face is priceless.

This is not about her.


You're right.

It's not about her, but here she is, hmm?

Another casualty in the Ryan Hardy crusade.

No. Don't hurt her.

When is enough enough with you?

What do you want? What do you want me to say?

What's gonna get you to stop?

Just tell me. I'll do it.

I don't want you to do or say anything.

I know the truth.

Everything that happens here you caused, and you're powerless to do anything about it.

No, no, no, no, no!

Just like you're gonna be powerless to save Gwen after I'm finished with you.

Man: Hands up! Drop the knife!

Don't move!

Looks like I got here in the nick of time, no?

Don't look so surprised, Theo.

I had a tracker placed on agent Hardy.

When we want something, we get it.


I've been tracking the escape car.

Picked it up on I-87 going north.

I got it going through 3 toll booths, two bridges, at mile marker 244, and then at marker 245, it's not there.

Obviously, he stopped somewhere, but where?

I've got street view, traffic cams, eye in the sky.

I can't find it.


The highway cam?

I'll take another look.

Here it is at 244 and nothing at mile marker 245.

Wait a minute.

There might be a glitch in my feed.

I'm gonna try to access the original source.

No glitch here, and that wasn't on the feed sent to the FBI.

It's Theo.

That's where he switched the cars.

I have them both. Your tracker paid off.

You were right not to trust Theo.

He's a psycho.

Anything else I can do for you?

Is the FBI close to finding this location?

I've taken precautions to keep them off the trail.

I need some time. Keep them away.

Will do, and Theo's remains will be identifiable when you leave them for me to find?

Of course. Your success serves us.

We want you promoted at the bureau as much as you do.


[Cell phone ringing]


We caught a break.

What do you mean?

Theo ditched Barton's car and transferred to another vehicle.

I've got it on I-87, mile marker 245.

How did you know about that?

I thought you were at the hospital.

Yeah. I've... I've been working from here.

There was a glitch in my video feed, so I went back, and I accessed the original source.

The car swap was there, ok?

Theo must have hacked into our system and deleted it from the file.

Great catch.

He could have taken Ryan and Barton somewhere around there.

We need to go check it out.

I'll pick you up at the hospital, and I'll get a full HRT team on standby.

I'll be out front.

Hey. Is there something going on?


Well, even with our expanded search parameters, we're not having any luck.

Keep looking. I've got to step out for a moment, but I'll be on my cell.

I thought you were smarter than this.

I did what I had to do.

I don't enjoy getting blood on my hands, but I'll make an exception for you.

If I die, everyone in your organization will be exposed.

I broke the encryption on your phone.

I know who you've been calling, so I set a code to download everything I have on you to all live news feeds all over the world, and only I can disable it.


You're bluffing.

Is that a bet you're willing to take?

If he's telling the truth, get the code, whatever you have to do.

Ugh. Unh!


Watch the perimeter, please.

Theo must have really pissed you off.

What do you know about me, and who have you told?

That's easy.

Nothing and no one.

Did you dig further?

Are you telling me that your name is not Annie Bechard and you don't work for some hedge fund guy?

You're not taking this very seriously.

You said, "we," before.

You really don't want to disappoint whoever "we" is, huh?

Is that what Theo did?

Man: The code.




I hate t*rture.

Me, too, especially when your subject doesn't have what you're looking for.
I don't believe that.

I think you left my penthouse and started asking questions.

Did you task someone with it?

Sloan? Oh, not her. She's d*ad.

Maybe Hopkins, Max?

I don't know anything about you.

I don't think you understand the consequences of lying to me.

What is Gwen, 8 weeks now?

It'd be a shame for your child's life to end before it begins.

If you hurt her... give me the names of the people you talked to, and only they will die.

If you don't, I'll be forced to k*ll everyone I think you might have told.

Your choice.

We've been down this way, alright?

Last sighting of the swap car was half-mile back, There's only two roads he could've taken out of here and it didn't show up on either of the cameras.

It's in here somewhere.

Max, I understand how you feel.

First Mike, now your uncle. But this driving around aimlessly This is not a smart way to find him.

We'd be more productive back at the bureau.

Stop the car!

What is it?

I see something over there.

Could be anything, Max.

Come on!

Seriously, Max. It's probably nothing.

It's the swap car.

They got to be around here somewhere.

We need to call for backup.

Yeah. I'm on it, but I think we should wait for them here.

There's no time.

We should split up.

We'll cover more ground that way.

It's a bad idea, Max!

Ryan: I'm telling you the truth.

I don't know anything.

I don't believe you.

Ask your source at the FBI, the one that planted the tracker on me.

They'll tell you.

They did, but you're the king of rogue operations.

I have to assume that you haven't shared everything with the FB... aah!

You dumb bitch.

I was telling you the truth.

I don't know anything, but I'm sure as hell gonna find out about you now.





[Click, click]

I told you I was gonna take your future.

Until a few minutes ago, I thought that meant k*lling you, but the universe has given me a gift... your child to be.


After all, aren't children our true future, Ryan?

On the bright side, Gwen will survive at least until birth, and then I'm gonna take your kid and make sure it's raised like I was, abused and neglected with no idea who you are... ha ha ha... a fate worse than death for a hero like you.

[Branch breaks]

What the hell are you doing here?

Max got a lead on Theo's car and traced it here.

You were supposed to contain her.

Hey. I delayed backup as long as I could, but they're en route now, which means you need to go.

Ryan's still inside.

If my men fail to k*ll him, it'll be on you to get it done.

How the hell am I supposed to do that and not get caught?

That's your problem.

And don't forget... everything we've given you can be disappeared in an instant along with your body.

Are we clear?





You're working for me now.

Let's go.



Thank God you're alive!

Where's your car?

It's over there, but backup should be here soon.

We're not staying. Give me your phone.

[Cell phone ringing]

This is agent Royce.

This is Ryan Hardy.

Listen carefully. Gwen is in danger.

Theo is coming after her.

Lock it down! We're on our way.

Yes, sir.

[Cell phone ringing]


It's agent Royce.

Agent Hardy just called.

He said Gwen is in danger, he wants me to secure her here.

No. It's a trap.

He's been compromised by Theo.

I want you to get Gwen ready to move, but don't let her know what's happening.

We can't risk her alerting Ryan.

Are you sure about this, ma'am?

Yes. The director's instituted communications blackout because Theo's hacked into the FBI.

One slip-up, and he'll know we're on to him.

He'll disappear.

I'm assembling a backup team now.

I'll call you when we're ready to move.

Copy that.

Gwen: Was that about Ryan? Did they find him?

No, ma'am, but we have received a credible thr*at.

This location is no longer secure.

We need to move you.

What kind of thr*at?

I'm not at liberty to say, but I need you to go pack a bag.

We're leaving.

What the hell's going on?

Who's that guy I sh*t?

I don't know.

Most be working for Theo.

[Siren, horn honking]

Ryan: Oh, come on, come on.

Gwen's gonna be ok.

She's safe at your place.

J.D. and Royce are solid agents, and they'll have called in for backup.

Theo's smart. He's gonna figure out some kind of way to make a play for her.


This is all my fault.

I never should have asked her to move in with me.

You deserve to be happy.

I let Gwen in, knowing damn well that she did not understand the danger.

It won't always be like this, Ryan.

It can't.

So what's gonna change, huh?

Tell me. Even if I get out, it's never gonna end.

Look at what happened to Mendez.

How could I bring a kid into this... Chaos?

Wait. What?

Gwen's pregnant.

That's... that's great.

Yeah. That's what I thought.

I thought I could have a family.

I thought the universe owed me.

Boy, was I wrong.


I don't get to be happy, Max.

That is not the world that I live in.

I know that now.

Why are we going this way?

Secondary exit is standard protocol.

No. It's me. It's Campbell.

What are you doing here, ma'am?

We were supposed to meet off site.

Where's your backup?

Over here.


[Tires squeal]




Shh, shh, shh.

We have to take good care of the little one.


Gwen? Gwen?

Maybe they thought it was safer to move her.

[Cell phone ringing]

What is it?

I think Theo has her.

Ok. Thanks. According to Hopkins, their phones are pinging somewhere in the basement.

Ryan: Oh, no. No.

No, no, no, no.

Campbell. How'd she get here?

I left her in the woods.

[Lisa groans]

Lisa, what happened?

Theo jumped me.

Forced me to ambush Gwen's protection detail.

I'm so sorry.

Do you know where he took her?


Max: Ambulance is a minute out.

You're gonna be all right.

Tell command I want every camera in this city looking for Theo's car.

Where are you going?


So is it a boy or a girl?

God. Do you know how broken you are?

I know exactly who I am, doctor.

Most people don't.

They spend their lives hiding, trying to please everybody else.

Not me.

I enjoy the irony of...

Living fake lives in order to be my true self.

You had a family, kids.

They weren't real.

Penny was my only family, and I loved her unconditionally.

I don't get it.

How can you feel so much love for one person and feel absolutely nothing for anyone else?

You're a doctor.

You're around death all the time.

If you cared about all those people, you'd go crazy.

That is different.

And yet if I were to tell you that your boyfriend was d*ad, you'd cry like a little girl.

Ryan's d*ad?

Don't worry.

We'll name the baby after him.

Heh heh heh heh.

Ryan: Max, tell me you found them.

Traffic cameras picked them up going north on the sprain parkway 20 minutes ago.

State police are setting up roadblocks in a 5-mile radius.

Any sign of them since?

I'm searching camera registries.

Here we go.

Taconic parkway 10 minutes ago.

Then he exits off 9A.

We're minutes away.

Where is he, Max?

I don't know. I had him getting off 9A, and then I lost him.

I'm sorry. I... keep looking.

I'm at the roadblock. Maybe they turned off the main road.

He's got to be around here somewhere.


There he is.


[Tires squeal]

Let her go, Theo!

Why would I do that?

Because you're a survivor!

Ever since you were a child, you've done whatever it takes to see the next sunrise.

Well, you're not gonna wake up tomorrow unless you throw that g*n away and get down on the ground.

I'm ready to die, Ryan.

I'm ready to die.

If you want to pull that trigger, go ahead, but I'll still k*ll her, and your future will end on this bridge.

So if you want her to live...

You'll let us walk away.

All right.

All right. You win.

You win.


Are you ok? Did he hurt you?

I'm fine.

I thought I lost you.





Hold on!

Hold on!



I love you.


No! Ryan! Ryan!


Aurora: ♪ ah, ah, hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ Ah, ah, hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ Ah, ah, hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ Ah, ah, hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ I was listening to the ocean ♪
♪ I saw a face in the sand ♪
♪ But when I picked it up ♪
♪ Then it vanished away from my hands ♪
♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪
♪ I had a dream I was seven ♪
♪ Climbing my way in a tree ♪
♪ I saw a piece of heaven ♪
♪ Waiting, impatient for me ♪
♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪
♪ And I was running far away ♪
♪ Would I run off the world someday? ♪
♪ Nobody knows, nobody know-ow-ows ♪
♪ And I was dancing in the rain ♪
♪ I felt alive, and I can't complain ♪
♪ But now take me home... ♪

Reporter: With divers combing the icy waters below the Croton Dam, hope is quickly fading of finding agent Ryan Hardy alive.

According to our experts, the currents below the dam are so treacherous it could take weeks to find his body, as well as the body of alleged serial k*ller Theo Noble, and that's...

It's over.

Yes, sir.

We have eyes on Hardy's people.

We're ready to move if necessary.

I understand.

♪ I kept running ♪
♪ For a soft place to fall ♪

Mike: Hey.

What's wrong?

♪ For a soft place to fall ♪

Ryan's gone.

♪ And I was running far away ♪
♪ Would I run off the world someday? ♪
♪ But now take me home ♪
♪ Take me home where I belong ♪
♪ I can't take it anymore-ore-ore ♪

[Indistinct chatter]

[Heart monitor beeping]

[Lock clicks]

I know who you are.

I know you planted that tracker on me.

That's how Eliza found us at the catacombs.


You're crazy. I didn't do that.


Two agents are d*ad because of you.

And so am I.

It's the only way my family stays safe, and your friends will never see me coming.

It won't work.

You can't get to these people.

I can get to anybody.

You think it's an anomaly that most known serial killers are poor?

You think the ultrawealthy are spared the psychopath gene?


Their money buys them protection, anonymity, and they'll do anything to keep it that way.

Their money won't save them from me.

So what now?


You're gonna tell me everything you know.

And then?


Woman on P.A.: Code blue, two west.

Code blue two west.

[Police radio chatter]

Max: Ryan told me about the baby.


That's great.

Yeah. Yeah.

I don't know if I can do it alone.

You won't have to.

Def tones: ♪ there's no sound ♪
♪ But the engine's drone ♪
♪ Our minds ♪
♪ Set free ♪
♪ Time shifting ♪
♪ We discover the entry ♪
♪ In other worlds ♪
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