The Strain (2014–2017)
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Eph and Nora work on a weapon to kill the strigoi, but Setrakian puts the group at risk by searching for an ancient text, while the Master introduces a new breed of creature and taps Kelly to control it.


Carlton Cuse (teleplay by), Chuck Hogan (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Mía Maestro ... Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst
Jack Kesy ... Gabriel Bolivar (credit only)
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde
Max Charles ... Zach Goodweather
Ruta Gedmintas ... Dutch Velders
Robin Atkin Downes ... The Master (voice)
Brenda Bazinet ... Pauline McGeever
Lizzie Brocheré ... Coco Marchand (as Lizzie Brochere)
Ron Canada ... Mayor George Lyle


In 1932, the grandmother of Abraham Setrakian tells the story of the gentle nobleman Jusef Sardu and how his life changed after a hunting party with his brother and friends. On the present days, Setrakian seeks out The Master but he is abducted by Vaun and his vampires that asks him to tell the whereabouts of The Master to his group when he found him, and Setrakian agrees. Later he goes to a storage facility with Eph and Nora to bring some objects and they stumble upon an old couple hidden inside the locker. When they are leaving the spot, they are attacked by vampires and the couple is infected. Eph decides to use them as guinea pig searching for the cure. The Master needs a new host since his body is decaying and Eichhors stops a bus with blind children to feed The Master. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The actor that protrayed Zach in season one was replaced by Max Charles. See more »

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A tiny review of "The Strain" Season 2 Premiere.
14 July 2015 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

"The Strain" hissed and clawed its way back into our hearts and veins on Sunday; the season 2 premiere of FX's vampire series deserves an 8 out of 10.

It was great. It had everything that made the show unique and fun in Season 1. We've got frightening, truly disgusting vampires that don't disappoint us by being "sexy" or "charming," and we've got an ambitious script that takes a stab at depicting an expansive story, complete with a historical context and a decent modern apocalyptic conspiracy. We've got fantastic bad guys that chew the scenery, portrayed by top-shelf actors. And the scares are there! I actually jumped during one attack, and there's a new subplot toward the end that might've been dreamed up by Satan himself. (Yeesh.)

Unfortunately, we do also appear to have the same irritating one- note stock characters as good guys. Their thin dialogue includes little indication that they're affected by the horrific events around them. And the acting among our heroes is not great across the board. These guys might've been cooked up by a high school creative writing class.

Also ... there's an occasional plot contrivance here and there, but we'll forgive those.

Still, fans will not be disappointed!

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