The Strain: Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
The Strain

Critics Consensus

The Strain's gory action helps compensate for an unfocused narrative, while the show's political and philosophical subtext add necessary heft for adult viewers.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 419
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Air date: Jul 12, 2015
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The second season of this dramatic horror series begins with Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mía Maestro) attempting to create a biological weapon against the infected vampires, known as the strigoi, as the crisis spirals out of control. They're attempts require them to experiment on a recently infected couple, though the Master of the vampires remains relentless in resisting their efforts. Meanwhile, several cities begin aggressive plans to fight the strigoi as the virus spreads and chaos reigns across the country.


Corey Stoll
as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather
Mia Maestro
as Dr. Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand
as Vasiliy Fet
Natalie Brown
as Kelly Goodweather
Jonathan Hyde
as Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel
as Thomas Eichorst
Robert Maillet
as The Master
Nikolai Witschl
as Ansel Barbour
Jack Kesy
as Gabriel Bolivar
Sean Astin
as Jim Kent
Miguel Gómez
as Augustin "Gus" Elizalde
Max Charles
as Zack Goodweather
David Bradley
as Professor Abraham Setrakian
Roger R. Cross
as Mr. Fitzwilliam
Ruta Gedmintas
as Dutch Velders
Leslie Hope
as Joan Luss
Ben Hyland
as Zach Goodweather
Regina King
as Ruby Wain
Drew Nelson
as Matt Sayles
Samantha Mathis
as Justine Faraldo
Parveen Kaur
as Aanya Gupta
Joaquín Cosio
as Angel Guzman Hurtado
Sonya Anand
as Mrs. Gupta
Sugith Varughese
as Naren Gupta
Nadia Bowers
as Leigh Thomas
Tom Ellis
as Rob Bradley
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Critic Reviews for The Strain Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

The Strain is still camped out in the worst kind of uncanny valley, the one between the twin peaks of pulp and gore.

Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…

It was still much better than last season's flat climax.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Season 2 is a marked improvement over the first, but willfully stupid characters, circuitous storytelling, and convoluted world-building continue to keep the series from reaching its full potential.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Strain has slowly wormed its way into my affections, as surely as one of the show's vampire worms burrowing into a victim's eye.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The Strain works best when it knows exactly what it is: pulpy, goofy, comic book-like adventuring with a few creepy ideas peppered in to expand the lore.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

You don't have to wait long for FX's vampire saga The Strain to deliver the creepy, cheeky shocks and gore that made the show a delightful summertime thriller last year.

Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Even for a series that knows how to get under one's skin, these babes of the dark are incredibly squirm-inducing.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

With a talented group of actors and a B-movie like repertoire of dialogue and action set pieces, The Strain should be on the top of your must see list for the summer.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The great thing about the emergence of The Born and their masters, The Ancients, is that the show is shifting away from being just a story of humanity vs. vampires.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes we have to be incredibly bad before we can become somewhat good, and the good news was that The Strain came out swinging in the Season 2 premiere "BK, NY," hinting that a lot of the wrongs that made Season 1 such a chore have been righted.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strain: Season 2

  • Sep 13, 2018
    Scary and always look forward to next scary episode
  • Feb 14, 2018
    I struggled to get back into this show as the first 3-4 episodes are pretty inconsistent. The recasting of the son for a bad actor did not help and Corey Stoll is really annoying at times. The show does pick up in the 2nd half and by the end i was really entertained. overall another strong season but lacks Del Toro's assured hand this time.
  • Oct 20, 2017
    lost interest. watched 4 episodes (0.3 viewings)
  • Jul 25, 2017
    While character development is still uneven and some subplots are unimportant to the story. The characters are better rounded and more sympathetic. The action is still great and it remains scary.
  • Apr 22, 2017
    Another fantastic season.
  • Jan 28, 2017
    Season 2 of The Strain brings back all the elements that made the first so enjoyable, but still manages to keep the show feeling fresh and exciting. A little more horror, humor and gore also help to improve the show, while we dig deeper into the vampire mythos and the characters that make up this post apocalyptic vampire world.
  • Nov 02, 2016
    Not as good as the first season, especially I didn't like the mom element.
  • Oct 31, 2016
    <@ if (review) { @><@= review @><@ } @>Like this show. I would kill the boy zack. I am a little irritated that there always seems to be a pain in the butt character in every one of these stories that everyone lets live way too long. Just once, why can't the characters just kill "whiny buut-heads" just like "Bang" and then reference movies like this.
  • Sep 07, 2016
    Another great season! Keep bringin' it on!
  • Sep 03, 2016
    It was a 4 star show until they replaced the actor who plays Zack in season 2.. A VERY serious misstep by the producers. He isn't likeable, and he doesn't embody the roll anywhere near as well as season 1 Zack. Other than that, I'm still watching it..

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