The Path (TV series)

The Path is an American television drama series starring Aaron Paul , Michelle Monaghan , and Hugh Dancy . The show portrays members of a fictional religion known as Meyerism . [1] [2] [3]

The series was ordered by Hulu in March 2015 with a straight 10-episode order. [4] The series was originally titled The Way , but was changed to The Path in September 2015 due to its similarity to real-life ministry and alleged cult, The Way International . [5] The show debuted on March 30, 2016. [6] On May 4, 2016, Hulu Renewed the series for a second season, qui premiered on January 25, 2017. [7] On April 12, 2017, the Hulu Renewed Series for a 13-episode third season. [8]


Eddie Lane lives in Upstate New York with his wife Sarah and their two children, Hawk and Summer. They are all members of the Meyerist Movement, which combines aspects of New Age philosophy, shamanism , Scientology, Christian mysticism and Utopianism with a few elements of Sufism , Tibetan Buddhism and Freemasonry ritual. Eddie returns from Peru, where he had undergone a spiritual retreat designed to advance him further Meyerism’s spiritual ladder. Unbeknownst to his family, while in Peru, Eddie experienced a revelation which causes him to question his faith in Meyerism. Meanwhile, Cal Roberts, a friend of Sarah’s and one of Meyer’s top leaders,


Meyerism is a fictional movement in the series founded by the character Dr. Stephen Meyer who on October 28, 1974, was said to have literally climbed a ladder of burning light to receive the message of universal truth. Meyerism, The Ladder . Meyerism, The Ladder . Meyerists believe that this is the cause of the world’s suffering. Through personal enlightenment, they seek to become aware of suffering in themselves and others, and to heal the world, caring deeply about family, humanity and the environment. In this way and others, they create the heavenly Garden of Meyer’s vision here on earth. HOWEVER, The Ladder foretells that their efforts will be thwarted by non-believers or Ignorant Systemites (IS) whose selfish actions will result in an apocalypse; But those who ascend The Ladder of Enlightenment will live forever in The Garden.

The Movement claims 6000 members with facilities located in San Diego, California and Parksdale, New York , with a retreat center located in Cusco, Peru . Most practice Meyerism in everyday lives, while others have taken on their own counseling, recruitment and outreach programs. However, founder Stephen Meyer warned against media attention, that the movement should remain small and publicity should be kept to a minimum. Spiritual Progress in Rising from the Rise of the Elderly to the Upper Rungs (UR).

Vanity Fair analysis of the show’s first episode described Meyerism as “inspired by a grab bag of religious practices and cult beliefs.” [9] The show’s creator, Jessica Goldberg , specifically refutes comparisons to Scientology . [10] [11] [12]


Main cast

  • Aaron Paul as Eddie Lane: A convert to Meyerism with a wayward past. Eddie suffers a crisis of faith when it comes to accepting the fundamentally challenged truth. [13]
  • Hugh Dancy as Calvin “Cal” Roberts: The charismatic, unofficial leader of The Meyerist Movement. His ambition puts him at odds with the organization’s existing leadership and roles Sarah and Eddie’s already turbulent marriage. [14]
  • Michelle Monaghan as Sarah Lane (nee Armstrong): Born into a Meyerist family, Sarah’s compassion and authority have made her an important figure in The Movement. Her devotion, however, is tested when she uncovers her husband’s falsehoods. [15]
  • Emma Greenwell as Mary Cox: An addict who has been saved by Cal and a team of Meyerists after a tornado leveled her hometown. Now freed from a life of abuse, she becomes infatuated with Cal and devotes herself entirely to the Movement. [16]
  • Rockmond Dunbar as Detective Abe Gaines: An FBI investigator who seems to be the only suspicious of the mysterious religious sect that has responded to a natural disaster. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he faces personal troubles at home and is forced to reflect on his own faith. [17]
  • Kyle Allen as Hawk Lane: Eddie and Sarah’s devoted teenage her who wants nothing more than to drop out of high school and join the Movement full time. His loyalty wavers when a popular classmate pursues a relationship with him. [18]
  • Amy Forsyth as Ashley Fields: A popular girl at Hawk’s school who would normally have nothing to do with “a weird cult kid.” After a financial crisis hits home, she turns to Hawk and his family for help. [19]
  • Sarah Jones as Alison Kemp: A defector of Meyerism who holds The Movement responsible for the mysterious death of her husband. She employs Eddie’s help in a search for answers and redemptions. [20]
  • Paul James as Sean Egan (recurring season 1, starring season 2): A novice member of the Meyerist Movement who begins to date Mary when she joins the Movement. Sean’s sister was shot and killed in a school shooting, which led him to join the Movement. [21]

Recurring cast

  • Clark Middleton as Richard
  • Minka Kelly as Miranda Frank
  • Keir Dullea as Dr. Stephen Meyer
  • Peter Friedman as Hank Armstrong
  • Deirdre O’Connell as Gab Armstrong
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell as Bill
  • Adriane Lenox as Felicia
  • Patch Darragh as Russel Armstrong
  • Ali Ahn as Nicole Armstrong
  • Stephanie Hsu as Joy Armstrong
  • Allison Layman as Shelby
  • Steve Mones as Silas
  • Kathleen Turner as Brenda Roberts
  • Aimee Laurence as Summer Lane
  • James Remarks as Kodiak
  • Britne Oldford as Noa
  • Michael Countryman as John Ridge
  • Kaili Vernoff as Kerry Ridge
  • Matt Bailey as Mark Penetti
  • Max Ehrich as Freddie Ridge
  • Jeb Brown as Wesley Cox
  • Leven Rambin as Chloe Jones
  • Whitney Crowder as Betsy
  • Ali Marsh as Meg Fields
  • Kaili Vernoff as Kerry Ridge
  • Alexa Landeau as Tessa


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 March 30, 2016 May 25, 2016
2 13 January 25, 2017 April 12, 2017

Season 1 (2016)

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title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 “What the Fire Throws” Mike Cahill Jessica Goldberg March 30, 2016
The faith around qui Eddie Lane HAS centered His life is shaken When, During a sacred ceremony in Peru Involving ayahuasca , he Sees His dead brother, Who guides _him_ to a hidden room Where Meyerism’s founder Steve Meyer lies comatose in a hospital bed, the instructions For their incomplete salvation. As Meyerists are taught to believe that Steve “lives so deeply in Truth that Light literally surrounds him” and will eventually become one with the Light , the revelation that he is deadly is intensely disturbing. His wife Sarah, the Meyerist community’s doctor, becomes suspicious and believes he is having an affair when he secretly meets with Alison Kemp, a Meyerist defector who could understand him. Meanwhile, Cal Roberts arrives to take leadership of the eastern region, And evacuates desperate people from a tornado-stricken trailer park to the Meyerist compound where they are indoctrinated. Trailer park resident Mary Cox, who has been sexually abused from childhood, offers her body to Cal. Cal refuses, and later takes her to the trailer park and brutally beats her abusive father.
2 2 “The Era of the Ladder” Mike Cahill Jessica Goldberg March 30, 2016
Sarah and Eddie begin the Infidelity Rehab Program but will not confess to an affair. He meets Alison, considering to pay lip service to Meyerism and her husband. Eddie begins to investigate this when he is alerted that his son Hawk is in a fight at school, over attention from his friend, popular girl Ashley who turned to him as her family are about to lose their home. For his family’s sake, Eddie undergoes 14 days of interrogation, by the end of which he has confessed to an affair with Miranda Franks, the assistant at Eddie’s ceremony in Peru, who is forcibly brought to the community from her home. Cal’s ambitions show on the local news, John Fiddie, Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie Freddie FBI Detective Abe Gaines puts the Meyerists on cult watch.
3 3 “A Homecoming” Michael Weaver Annie Weisman April 6, 2016
Meyer has liver cancer; His tumor has not responded to treatment. He’s got no kin. Meanwhile, Meyer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Board of Directors. Miranda Franks, placed in “Realignment Lockdown”, will not confess to an affair with Eddie, receiving no pity from her only visitor, Sarah, and collapses in her cell. Eddie cuts with Alison and responds violently when he finds her home his home. Cal visits his estranged, alcoholic mother Brenda and breaks two years of sobriety to get her into an assisted living facility. And Detective Gaines convinces Mary ‘s father to delay charges against him.
4 4 “The Future” Michael Weaver Julia Brownwell April 13, 2016
Miranda confides in Cal what happened on Eddie’s retreat; He saw his brother, he went somewhere, returned weeping and saying “There is no Light”, and the shaman Silas then counseled him privately. Convincing her that she is to blame for the misunderstanding, Cal has her release from the hospital in Meyerist custody. Founding members Alison Kemp’s continued hostility and Miranda’s treatment. Cal shows that he’s convinced Miranda to blame herself; That the charisma to attract new members; And that he will write the last three rungs himself. However, Cal is still concerned of what Eddie may have learned in Peru and offers to him his guide for the next level, 7R, which permits no secrets between them; Asked by Felicia to spy on Cal, Eddie agrees. Sarah bonds the Ridges on Freddie’s apparent progress after two weeks’ rehab, but John pulls his son out when he learns Sarah is giving him Ayahuasca . Sarah later rescues Freddie from a drug den, and sends Freddie and his mother Kerry to Cuzco to do the ceremony properly. At the Ascension Day celebration, Mary reveals her father’s abuse and is comforted by the whole assembly, giving Detective Gaines second thoughts. Hawk continues to expect to Ashley’s well-being, and despite warning from his cousin Joy, he kisses Ashley at a field party. But John pulls his son out when he learns Sarah is giving him Ayahuasca . Sarah later rescues Freddie from a drug den, and sends Freddie and his mother Kerry to Cuzco to do the ceremony properly. At the Ascension Day celebration, Mary reveals her father’s abuse and is comforted by the whole assembly, giving Detective Gaines second thoughts. Hawk continues to expect to Ashley’s well-being, and despite warning from his cousin Joy, he kisses Ashley at a field party. But John pulls his son out when he learns Sarah is giving him Ayahuasca . Sarah later rescues Freddie from a drug den, and sends Freddie and his mother Kerry to Cuzco to do the ceremony properly. At the Ascension Day celebration, Mary reveals her father’s abuse and is comforted by the whole assembly, giving Detective Gaines second thoughts. Hawk continues to expect to Ashley’s well-being, and despite warning from his cousin Joy, he kisses Ashley at a field party.
5 5 “The Hole” Patrick Norris Coleman Herbert April 20, 2016
Hawk’s relationship with Ashley comes out and Sarah is terrified that he may be left to leave Meyerism, which means he’d be “ignorant” and denied a place with the family in The Garden. Hawk pretends to break up with Ashley but sneaks out at night to be with her. An angry John Ridge asks Cal return his wife and her from Peru; Cal is initially irate with Sarah for ignoring his orders but later defends her actions to Ridge. Ridge’s bodyguard brutally beats Cal, while Silas guides Freddie and Kerry through a vision, drawing them closer together. Mary considers leaving when a preoccupied Cal is dismissive of her, but Sean convinces her to stay. And Detective Gaines learns his infant daughter Lucy has a condition that might require surgery, and receives advice from Eddie.
6 6 “Breaking and Entering” Patrick Norris Jessica Goldberg April 27, 2016
Eddie joins Cal searching the motel room of Alison Kemp whose presence Eddie conceals; Alison later admits to taking $ 40k intended for Jason’s secret missions. Sarah confronts Cal about intimidating the widow, and Cal admits to Eddie that it was a mistake. Ashley’s family are evicted and Hawk convinces Sarah to shelter them. Ashley’s mother Meg explains what happened and the family interpret it through Meyerism, take them to an inspirational reading from Cal, and get her a job. However, Ashley realizes her estranged father would have no place in the Meyerist afterlife; Hawk consoles her and they have sex. Sean is transferred to a different Meyerist center. Mary admits to first dating Sean on Cal’s instructions, but now loves him; When she looks into the light, she sees him. Detective Gaines learns that Jason was trying to buy late-stage cancer medications. Sarah sneaks into the well-appointed home of her estranged sister, Tessa, who left Meyerism almost 20 years ago, and finds a half-dozen prescription sedatives. Cal takes in several undocumented immigrants.
7 7 “Refugees” Roxann Dawson Jason Katims May 4, 2016
Police, media and protestors descend on the Meyerist community about the Honduran immigrants. Bill and Felicia work with the Upper Rung council for the surrender of the Hondurans, but Cal calls for a vote. Caught sheltering Alison, Eddie admits to Cal what he saw in Peru and Cal demands he undergo “The Walk”, has 250-mile pilgrimage that tests faith and endurance. Ashley from seeing Hawk. She is a young woman who loves to have sex with her. Mary entices Betsy to get drugs from the infirmary, confronts Cal and leaves – but quickly returns when her father emerges from the protesters. Silas unexpectedly arrives and goes to Cal, declaring that the Movement is dead because “Steve could not accept his own mortality”. Cal Silas Calls Silas Calls Silent Calls Silent Calls Silent Calls Silent Calls At the vote, Sarah makes an emotional plea for the Hondurans which sways the Membership. Eddie prepares to leave on the Walk when Hawk returns home in despair and asks to go with him.
8 8 “The Shore” Roxann Dawson Annie Weisman May 11, 2016
Cal buries Silas’s body in the woods, in a hole previously dug by Eddie as a devotional exercise. He then brings Sean back to the New York community to reunite with Mary. The standoff ends as the community is successfully declared a protected space, and they receive a sizeable spike in donations. Felicia shares her concerns of Cal’s recklessness and asks Sarah to be ready to take a bigger leadership role. Sarah finds an idol Pachamama Silas had left for her, of which she had earlier dreamed. The FBI’s case is handled over to Homeland Security, which gaines views putting politics before justice. Eddie and Hawk grow closer as they begin The Walk; At Coney Island, Eddie has a second vision of his brother on the beach. Nicole delivers a stillborn baby which Sarah revives through resuscitation and prayer. The experience was moving enough that Sarah almost transgresses with Cal, but when she stops his suspicion on Eddie, leading her to find Eddie’s burner phone with Alison’s phone number on it.
9 9 “A Room of One’s Own” Michael Weaver Julia Brownwell May 18, 2016
Cal asks still-comatose Meyer to communicate any displeasure before Cal commits to the next phase of the Movement. Sarah meets Alison and trades Jason’s journal for the truth about Eddie, that they were not transgressing but that Eddie was questioning his faith. Mary’s promiscuity and drug use are exposed; Cal prompts Sean and Mary to recommit through marriage. Eddie and Hawk return and Sarah confronts her husband over 3 months of lying, feeling that he’s rejecting everything in her soul. Gaines is given two weeks’ leave to clear his head. Ashley despite Sarah’s threats to cut him off. Both parents seek help, leaving Eddie estranged from his extended family while Cal bitches Ashley to break-up with Hawk by offering a house for her family. Cal asks John Ridge for help to expand Meyerism globally. Alison reads the journal, realizes Jason was not murdered, and contemplates suicide before surrendering herself to the community.
10 10 “The Miracle” Michael Weaver Jessica Goldberg May 25, 2016
Eddie refuses to sign forms labelling himself a denier, moving out to a motel. Alison seeks help, Jason’s journal stating that he was going to climb the ladder even if it killed him, and Cal claims the final Rungs change the existing policy, permitting forgiveness for repentant deniers. Eddie visits the hospital and prays for Gaines’s daughter Lucy, whose condition suddenly resolves before her scheduled surgery. Eddie asks Richard for help, fearing a psychotic break, but Richard urges Eddie to find the meaning to his visions. Mary tells Cal that they’re alike, trying to be good but irreparably broken and seeking darkness; they have sex. Sarah agrees to take the Movement to the next level with Cal, joining him as a guardian of the light, but soon discovers that Cal wrote the last three rungs himself. Eddie returns to the retreat center in Peru where he finds an empty hospital bed, with Meyer standing at the window.

Season 2 (2017)

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11 1 “Liminal Twilight” Michael Weaver Jessica Goldberg January 25, 2017
Some time after the events of Season 1, the group accepts that Steve has ascended into the Light. Eddie and Sarah remain separated. Eddie now works in construction and Sarah brings him Hawk and Summer in secret. Summer is happy to see Eddie but Hawk, now studying 1R, is suspicious of Eddie, even though he has not signed the denier forms. The novices help residents of Clarksville suffering a polluted water crisis. Hawk bonds with a jaded college student, Noa. Eddie meets former classmate Chloe, who had dated his brother Johnny. Eddie again sees Johnny, seeming to indicate he’s on the right track. A flashback reveals that when Eddie went to Peru, Dr. Meyer had awoken from his coma and ripped out his IVs, yelling that Eddie, not Cal, is the new son of the movement; now he can write the last three rungs. Eddie follows him up a mountain pleading with him to tell the people the truth. They are both hit by lightning and Meyer falls from the mountain. His burned body is discovered by locals. Meyerist counselor Richard investigates, joined by Kodiak, an elder whom Sarah summoned from his hermitage in Siberia when she discovered Cal’s deceptions. To protect the faith they agree not to disclose Steve’s true fate. A local resident says he saw someone push Steve from the mountain. Richard and Kodiak photograph his drawing of the scene. In the city, Cal runs into Mary who is five months pregnant, severely hinting that he may be the father. Cal purchases a building in the city at $5 million, much more than the organization can afford. He plans to have Meyerism declared a religion for tax exemptions (against Meyer’s intentions). Sarah is deeply opposed. Later, she accidentally hits a fawn with her car. Cal finds her, confesses that he accidentally killed Silas and shows her his body, further shaking her faith. They rebury Silas with the fawn beside him. FBI agent Abe Gaines is seemingly now fully immersed in the movement and talks with Nicole, Russell’s wife. They kiss and he confesses his attraction, but they do not fully transgress. Later, Abe returns to his family, who feel neglected by his absence.
12 2 “Dead Moon” Michael Weaver Annie Weisman January 25, 2017
Sarah experiences flashbacks and nightmares following the reveal of Silas’s body. In an unburdening session with Richard, she learns that Eddie was seen in Peru, which she questions. Eddie refuses to respond to the allegations and goes on a date with Chloe, his old classmate, and they awkwardly have sex. Hawk bonds with his new friend Noa and further explores his own faith. The two leave a bottle of the polluted water on the doorstep of the deKaans, wealthy industrialists whose factory caused the pollution. Hawk hurls a rock through a window. Abe helps to halt the Meyerists’ application for tax exempt status, forcing Cal to tap the Ridge family for a fundraiser party. Told to not directly solicit donations, he nonetheless asks the crowd for help. Sarah, embarrassed by Cal’s actions, escapes to another room and begins to get physical with another guest, but stops after seeing paintings of animals being hunted and killed, causing another flashback. Cal confronts the sexually aggressive guest and punches him in the gut. Sean questions the way Cal shows him and Mary off, bringing tension into their marriage. Hawk and Noa take an initiatory walk through a forest without lights on the dark of the moon and Hawk has a mystical experience.
13 3 “The Father and the Son” Michael Slovis Julia Brownell February 1, 2017
Hawk shares his spiritual experience with Eddie, who expresses doubt. Hawk says he needs to commit fully to the movement and can no longer see Eddie. In a depressive spiral, Eddie confronts both Cal and Sarah, threatening to murder Cal if he tries to take Hawk away. He joins Chloe at a casino, but becomes aware that he’s being followed. He confronts the man, who tells him to stay away from the city center and punches him in the face. Kodiak shares memories of Steve’s kindness and friendship with Sarah’s mother Gaby, with whom he once had an affair. Richard and Kodiak read the “final three Rungs” in Steve’s supposed last journal, but realize Steve didn’t write it. Since the journal names Cal and Sarah as the new leaders, they speculate that Cal pushed Steve off the cliff. Hawk and Sarah apologize to Mrs. deKaan. She threatens to have Hawk arrested unless they drop the water campaign. The movement can’t afford independent tests thanks to Cal’s overspending. Jocelyn Gaines warns Abe to wrap the case up, takes the children and leaves. Cal pressures Lisa, the IRS officer and sometime Meyerist who handled for their tax-exemption forms. Farmer Marshall Small expresses doubts that the Meyerists can truly help with the water; Sarah promises the tests will be done, and drinks some of the water herself to prove her commitment. Mary tells Sean her baby may not be his and he silently leaves. Richard and Kodiak withdraw to the forest for a private ritual hoping to summon Steve’s spirit; seemingly successful, they hear him say “there is no Light”.
14 4 “The Red Wall” Michael Slovis John O’Connor February 8, 2017
Eddie awakens in the hospital. His doctor tells him Meyerism is a cult, gives him anti-anxiety pills and refers him to an ex-cult support group. The novices take a lesson in using will power to cause change; they imagine a white wall as different colors and see it vividly enough to believe it’s actually changed — all but Sean. Noa takes Hawk to a “private concert” by Andrew Bird. He makes a play for her, but she says he is too young. The $5M building had been a homeless shelter for decades; Cal wants to keep and even expand the homeless services but evicts all the current residents. They are furious. Sean comes to Eddie’s house, distraught over Mary’s affair. Eddie tells Sean that family and love are all that counts. As he speaks he realizes he still believes in the Light. Sean and Mary reconcile. Kodiak speaks gently to Cal, inviting him to unburden, implying he will listen. The FBI put a wire on Lisa and send her to the community where Sarah threatens Lisa with the tape of her unburdening session; Lisa writes a note warning about the wiretap. Sarah silently gives Lisa her tape, which she later burns. The FBI get nothing useful. Sarah gives Cal Lisa’s warning. Cal reassures her that they have new wealthy donors, among them Noa’s mother, a high-powered music mogul.
15 5 “Why We Source” Norberto Barba Jessica Goldberg February 14, 2017
In Meyerism, “sourcing” is interrogation with the subject’s hand resting on a piece of treated paper similar to litmus. Cal hopes to uncover the FBI agent. Gaines, the real agent, passes the test. Cal asks his help. Sourcing also involves sweeps for contraband, such as cigarettes. Sarah’s brother Russell leads these “ES” teams. Sean subtly warns Cal he knows about the affair, asking for a new refrigerator. Mary tells Cal her baby might be his. Summer reveals to the family she and Hawk have been seeing Eddie, angering Nicole, Russell’s wife. Gaby advises her husband Hank to keep this quiet as they have secrets of their own. Richard source-interrogates Cal, who reveals there’s an FBI mole, but nothing else; he passes, barely. Sarah and Marshall Small negotiate with the lab about water testing in Clarksville. Mrs. deKaan has Hawk arrested and charged with eco-terrorism. In juvenile hall, he hears lectures about systemic racism and income inequality from his Afro-American roommate Samuel. Eddie prays in the Meyerist fashion and is inspired to locate Mrs. Dekaan’s estranged son and reunite them by phone. However, Sarah has to promise to stop the testing before Mrs. deKaan will drop the charges. Sarah and Eddie reunite secretly and Sarah discovers strange scarring on his back. He explains he was struck by lightning. Furious, Hawk tells Eddie he would have stayed in jail so the water tests could proceed. Gaines has the clinic sourced and frames Shelby, the community’s nurse-practitioner; she is forced to leave. Sarah tells Marshall, who sits with his favorite cow as she dies, about having to stop the tests. He plunges a knife into the cow’s neck, splattering Sarah with black tar and shouting that it is poison.
16 6 “For Our Safety” Norberto Barba Justin Doble February 22, 2017
Sarah undergoes a purification rite, but continues secretly visiting Eddie. She misses a meeting where Cal puts Abe Gaines in charge of security. Members must now wear ID badges. Elders react badly, especially Hank and Kodiak, who says “Repealing rights is always done in the name of safety.” Prompted by Nicole, Cal commends Russell’s obedience and devotion publicly, inviting him to train for 8R. Wanting as a Meyerist to do his part to relieve suffering, Hawk moves to the city center. Cal speaks flatteringly to him, inviting him to train for 2R. Kodiak believes Cal’s role in Steve’s death should be revealed, saying the proof is in Steve’s journals. He implies he might murder Cal himself; Richard locks him in the archive room. Years ago, Cal, then a small child, overheard a private session where Steve and Kodiak confessed terrible things they’d done. Eddie attends social gatherings with Chloe, finding them difficult at first. He tries to tell Sarah about Peru; she refuses to believe Steve didn’t ascend. Hank secretly visits his daughter Tessa. Richard counsels Sarah to let Eddie go, visualizing him walking away; she mentions the lightning scars and Richard bolts from the room to release Kodiak, saying Eddie, not Cal, was with Steve when he died. Gaines orders the FBI lab to test the Clarksville water, charging it to the Meyerist investigation; asked how to categorize it, he says “Offset”, the Meyerist term for atonement.
17 7 “Providence” Michael Weaver Vanessa Rojas March 1, 2017
Eddie volunteers to babysit for Chloe’s son Johnny, taking him to an exhibition at a local Army base. Kodiak follows them, but is unnerved by displays that revive his Vietnam War memories. The community is threatened with foreclosure. Sarah and Cal try and fail to raise the money. Each rung has a theme and 2R is “Service”. Taking this deeply to heart, Hawk holds a Foot washing service for homeless people. Cal tells him to ask Noa for more money from her mother. Noa refuses, citing her mother’s drug use and neglect. Hawk suggests her mother could be converted. Mary tells Cal she has faith in his ability to find a way. Sean slips away to call his mother, telling her about Mary’s pregnancy but warning her not to come. In the forest, Gaines meets an associate who reports his request for a water test was denied. Richard secures and consecrates an isolated cabin where he can question Eddie. Kodiak says he will do this only in the right spirit. Sarah tells her family about the taxes; Gaines finds out from Nicole. Sean, walking on a back road, discovers his parents with a Deprogramming counselor in a car. Realizing he was followed, Eddie takes young Johnny and drives off to rejoin Chloe, but the surroundings begin to resemble a dream he’d had, including the cabin; he stops, discovers Richard in a parked van and is knocked unconscious by Kodiak. Cal joins Sarah’s family at dinner, asking forgiveness and promising to find a way that won’t risk their homes. Sarah begins listening to tapes of self-incriminating unburdening sessions.
18 8 “Return” Michael Weaver Annie Weisman March 8, 2017
In Los Angeles, Cal connects with Noa’s mother Jackie and tries unsuccessfully to help her persuade Luna, a very young pop star, to continue her career. Cal’s mother Brenda is dying, leaving a message for Cal by way of Sarah; she apologizes for not having stopped Steve molesting Cal as a child. Sarah refuses to believe it. Hawk, now interim leader of the city center, discovers the financial crisis and confronts Sarah. Kodiak and Richard give Eddie ayahuasca to relive Steve’s last moments. Instead, Eddie has a near-death experience. Steve leads him into the Garden (an expanded version of the Meyerist community). He sees his mother and his brother Johnny, who consoles him about Steve’s death. When he revives he relates his vision and says he tried to keep Steve from falling, but he would have died of cancer anyway. Jackie tells Cal he doesn’t believe his own sales pitch, and they have sex. Young Johnny is picked up by police and returned to Chloe. Sarah tells Cal of Brenda’s death, saying only that she apologized for not being a good mother. Finding Luna considering suicide, Cal advises her to quit. He warns Jackie that Noa was courageous to disconnect from her: “Don’t wait until it’s too late to be a good mother.” Sarah leaves a blackmail note for a former member. Richard gives Eddie Steve’s medallion of the Meyerist Eye, affirming him as the next leader.
19 9 “Oz” Patrick Norris Coleman Herbert March 15, 2017
Sarah’s blackmailings raise enough money to pay off the back taxes; she is literally sickened by what she’s done. Eddie consults a priest at his childhood church about feeling “called”. Cal, experiencing massive burnout, wants to quit. Deprogrammer Wendy Kennair gives Mary a copy of The Wizard of Oz, with its theme that people and things are not always what they seem. Eddie visits Richard; Felicia is there to take Eddie through the last three rungs. The theme of 8R is “mending”. Eddie’s visions lead him to condemn the shunning of outsiders and Deniers, which was not in the original doctrine and has destroyed many relationships, including Richard’s with his lover Jeremiah. Hawk brings Noa to a family dinner, where Russell behaves rudely to Nicole. Cal asks Mary to run away with him; she refuses. Kodiak tells Gaby the community is about to collapse and pleads with her to escape with him. Eddie visits Tessa; she rejects his ideas. He then encounters Ashley, who later visits the city center to see Hawk. Gaines visits the “contributors” who tell him of the blackmail. In search of their tapes, he connects with Nicole again; they have sex. A chance remark of hers leads him to the archive room. Cal and Sarah give a brief and not very Meyerist talk on “self-love” at the World Faith Conference; later, they have sex. Hank visits Eddie, who explains he is preparing to take Cal’s place and reunite the family. As they embrace, Eddie begins bleeding from his lightning scars.
20 10 “Restitution” Patrick Norris Jessica Goldberg March 22, 2017
Restitution is a solemn three-day religious fast similar to Yom Kippur where Meyerists return to the community to reflect on atone for and relinquish their worst sins of the year, sealing written confessions in tiny coffin-shaped boxes, which are flung into the lake and later retrieved and burned. Unnerved by a dream about Marshall Small, Sarah returns to the farm and finds that he has died. Gaines speaks with Don, one of the blackmailed members, who agrees to help expose Sarah’s crimes. Hawk remains in the city with Ashley, but when she tells him of Cal’s bribe he leaves. Wendy Kennair speaks with Sean about Meyerism vs. personal choice. He tells Mary she’s the only reason he stays. Eddie persuades Tessa of his idea of shunned Deniers returning to the community; instead of waiting for a group she goes on her own, badly upsetting the family but also inspiring individual thoughts and reactions. Eddie feels he has failed, saying he is no leader. As the people throw their boxes in the lake, Cal releases his mother’s ashes. Instead of burning Sarah’s box Richard opens it and shows her confession — that she was with Cal — to Eddie.
21 11 “Defiance” Phil Abraham Coleman Herbert March 29, 2017
Felicia continues guiding Eddie through 8R. Hawk commits himself to Realignment Lockdown but feels worse, and wants to see Eddie. Later he reunites with Noa. Eddie furiously confronts Cal and shows him Steve’s Meyerist Eye emblem, proving he is the “chosen son”. Sarah confirms Eddie was with Steve when he died. Cal rants hysterically at a security meeting, frightening the staff including Mary. Cal fakes a text message from Hawk to Eddie, dispatching three enforcers to beat Eddie. Eddie asks Hank to search the archive for Deniers and outcasts. Cal speaks to Hawk about his bribe of Ashley; Hawk later tells Eddie to accept Sarah and Cal’s relationship, mimicking Cal’s words and even his mannerisms. Hank and Gaby secretly reunite with Tessa. Cal goes through mementoes of Steve, stirring painful memories. Eddie confronts Sarah, but his words give Richard away. Mary warns Sarah that her baby’s father may be an exploitive, abusive member but won’t identify him. Sarah tries to tell Cal, then realizes Mary meant Cal. Cal encourages Sean and Mary to leave. At the last moment Mary runs away. The water tests are completed against orders and presented to Det. Gaines by a technician whose mother died young in Clarksville. Gaines finds he was set up to investigate the Meyerists only to prevent them from exposing DeKaan, his boss’ highest campaign contributor. He visits Eddie and reveals his true identity. Sarah rifles Richard’s home, finds a motel key and discovers Felicia. Cal’s dreams reawaken more memories of Steve’s sexual abuse.
22 12 “Spiritus Mundi” Sian Heder Coleman Herbert April 5, 2017
Mary, lost in the forest, goes into labor. Cal and Sarah interrogate Richard, who admits everything, and Felicia, who flatly refuses to cooperate and remains in Lockdown. Richard is forced to sign denier forms and thrown out, homeless and destitute. His ex-lover Jeremiah refuses to help. Eddie interviews Deniers; many trace their banishment to Cal, not Steve. Gaines tells Eddie about the unburdening tapes used as blackmail. The “contributors” give their FBI depositions. Gaines slips a copy of the water report into Sarah’s car (she doesn’t see it). She meets Eddie who reveals he knows about the blackmail. As she drives back, someone runs her car off the road. She is hospitalized; Cal implies to Hawk that Eddie was responsible. Hawk angrily demands that Eddie must leave. Eddie gives his house to Richard, tells him about the blackmail and leaves. Richard warns that the ninth rung, “Augur”, consists only of visions that will come to him. Mary’s baby boy is white: Sarah assumes Cal’s the father and repudiates him. Richard returns to the community. Denouncing Cal publicly, he declares Eddie the true leader, locks himself in the archive room and douses himself and the tape library with gasoline. At a filling station, Eddie senses Sarah is in danger and speeds back to the community just as Richard strikes a match.
23 13 “Mercy” Jessica Goldberg Jessica Goldberg April 12, 2017
Sarah, with a warrant out for her arrest, is in Canada with Summer. Eddie visits them in secret. During a memorial for Richard, some devotees leave. More Deniers come to Eddie’s house trusting his leadership. Eddie demurs, but is deeply moved by their faith. Mary pressures Cal to acknowledge his still-nameless son. Hawk shows the water report to Cal. Gaines locates Shelby, now homeless; Eddie takes her in. Cal warns Eddie that the “business” of religious leadership is difficult and talks him into helping to convince Mrs. DeKaan into arranging to dismiss Sarah’s charges if the Meyerists drop the water scandal. Sarah and Summer flee when a neighbor becomes suspicious, but are passed through at the U.S. border. Later she remonstrates with Eddie for not letting her take responsibility. Mary tells Hawk that Cal is her baby’s father; disillusioned with Cal over this and the DeKaan deal, Hawk asks Eddie about being “chosen” by Steve, saying he knows from personal experience that some aspects of Meyer mysticism are real. Cal names his son Forest Roberts. On Ascension Day, Cal rudely silences Felicia’s story of the Ladder. He speaks instead about releasing pain and loss. A noise at the gate interrupts the festivities. It’s Eddie’s Denier group. Hank immediately opens the gate; the devotees greet the Deniers warmly, and Cal pretends he’d been in on the plan. Abe Gaines walks away, unnoticed. Felicia tells Sarah to be ready to lead as Cal is unfit and Eddie — for selling out Clarksville to save Sarah — has proven unworthy.


The Meyerist compound was shot on location at Nyack, New York, redressed with influences from kibbutz living, collective farming, and production designer Russell Barnes’s experiences being raised on an island with limited resources. The two-story Lane home was built on a sound-stage. Almost all of the Peru scenes were shot in the area, including a New York state park used for a mountaintop scene with subtropical plants concealing uncleared snow.[22] The City Center is “played” by the Church House of the Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church Complex.[23]

The Eye symbol, central to Meyerist branding and given dominance in many interiors, was based on tribal, Egyptian and modern art, with a rising sun overlaid to show hopefulness for a new day.[22] Series creator Jessica Goldberg describes the Eye’s symbolism as a duality of enlightenment and paranoia, that “your eyes have been opened, and now you’ve seen the truth” but also that “you’re always being watched.” While preparing to shoot a scene in a Westchester storefront dressed as a Meyerist recruitment office, passers-by would come in—curious about the Eye on posters, books, brochures, etc.—wondering what the movement was and how they could join.[24]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient (s) result Ref (s)
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Best Animated Short Subject The Path Title Sequence Nominated [25]


The first season of The Path has received positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator, Metacritic , the first season scored 70 out of 100 based on 33 reviews. [26] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter reacted positively to the series, writing: “There is a lot to like about the Path , from the strong visual sense of place that director Mike Cahill established in the first two episodes to its theoretical take on faith , And of course the exquisite acting and deft writing. ” [27] Hank Stuever of the Washington Post , wrote that ”

Alan Sepinwall of HitFix had a more critical reaction to the series. He called the show a “a dry, claustrophobic show, with not enough of a narrative hook to pull the viewer through hour after hour of it.” [29]


Residents of Marysville, Washington called the show “insensitive” for “exploiting” the October 24, 2014 shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School . Episode 2: The Return of the Soul. The insult, they said, “The color of their skin.” [30] As of July 8 , 2016 , Hulu and the writers of the show had made no response to this.

In April 2017, after the announcement that Hulu had picked up the show for a third season, actor Rockmond Dunbar was abruptly told that his contract would not be renewed. Speaking about it with the Hollywood Reporter , he called the decision “not a healthy way to do business”. [31]


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