The Strain: Season 3 (2016)


Season 3
The Strain

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Content with mediocrity, The Strain suffers under the weight of a stagnant story, scraping by on the pedigree of its style and visual effects.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 201

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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

In the third season premiere, the strigoi become faster and smarter; Eph's son is abducted; Setrakian and Quinlan try to unearth the Lumen's deepest secrets; and Fet helps the Navy seals on a deadly mission through the underground tunnels of New York.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2016

The Master plagues Eph when he offers to return Zack; Dutch rejoins an old group of friends, but wonders if it makes her safer; and Palmer seeks answers for Setrakian's secret strigoi blood treatments.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2016

The Occido Lumen is stolen and Setrakian and Fet search for it; Gus and Angel try to keep a secret houseguest from a police sweep; and Quinlan's reasons for vengeance is unearthed.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2016

A new phase surfaces for the infection and Justine builds a new army while Eichhorst plans a counter attack.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2016

New information surfaces from the Lumen, forcing Setrakian to seek out lifelong rival Eldritch Palmer for help. Also: Eph's new experiments take him to the brink of sanity and Fet tries to unearth strigoi movements in New York City.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2016

Fet strikes the strigoi army at its heart and Justine tries to drive it out of Manhattan for good. Also: Gus and Angel fight for their freedom and face a moral dilemma.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2016

Setrakian creates a new plan to trap the Master as Eph and Dutch search for the Master's "voice." Also: Palmer fights for his life and needs Setrakian's access to the white and Fet suffers a tough personal loss that reveals a deep family secret.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

The Master's voice emerges and proves overwhelming; Fet and Setrakian search for cargo from the Egyptian vessel; and Quinlan agrees to a deal with the Ancients, but a betrayal afterward proves deadly.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

New York begins falling and Eph and Dutch try to finish their new device before the city gets overrun. Elsewhere: Justine, Gus, and Angel make a final stand against the virus.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

In the third season finale, the Master reveals himself and initiates the end game of the battle. Also: Eph; Fet; Setrakian; and Dutch make a last-ditch effort to defeat the strain.

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It seems like the end for New York City: Its streets are run by strigoi, the government is on the verge of abandoning it, the blood factories Thomas Eicchorst (Richard Sammel) built are up and running, and the bioweapon Eph Goodweather (Corey Stoll) developed is losing its effectivity. Eph himself is sinking fast because of his recent losses. But even though the Master (Robin Atkin Downes) seems to have the upper hand, Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) and Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) have the Occido Lumen, a key to potentially defeating the Master and his strigoi once and for all. The third season of "The Strain" also stars Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer, Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather, Max Charles as Zach Goodweather, Joaquin Cosio as Angel Hurtado, Miguel Gomez as Gus Elizalde, Samantha Mathis as Justine Feraldo, Cas Anvar as Sanjay Desai, Kevin Durand as Fet, and Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders.

Critic Reviews for The Strain Season 3

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

The Strain's third season opener didn't pull any punches when it came to showcasing just how deeply the Stirgoi have now infiltrated New York.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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A lot of this finale doesn't hit home in the way it should.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's as if the show knows how many of its viewers can't stand Zach and went full troll on them. It was glorious.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

While the episode was loaded with action, it was a pretty generic way to kick off the season.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Fet's emotional journey, played pitch perfectly by the superb Kevin Durand, is something The Strain has always handled perfectly throughout its three-season run.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The real shame of getting so overinvolved in unnecessary subplots is that there is less time for the vampire-slaying action many come to The Strain for in the first place.

Aug 30, 2016 | Full Review…

The Strain simply can't afford to stand still for much longer.

Aug 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Strain has always been at its best when it's about two things: hunting down vampires and letting Corey Stoll's Ephraim swill gallons of hard liquor to either numb his exhaustion or give him the nerve to continue the hunt.

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Even at a plodding pace, The Strain usually manages to entertain.

Aug 29, 2016 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

Still very much the thrill-a-minute lovechild of a macabre master and a novelist with a pronounced knack for the nasty, The Strain remains a juicy, pulpy, often delectable piece of summer programming in season 3.

Aug 28, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

To watch The Strain is to gaze into the abyss of crushingly relentless mediocrity.

Aug 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strain: Season 3

  • Sep 07, 2020
    I created an account just to get this stupid user rating down. I have never seen such a retarded ending for a season. For me the series is over here. I don't care if the zombies win and every human dies but not like this, not because of this retarded kid that should have died in season 1. Such garbage! Maybe worse than season 8 of got ngl ... Pathetic
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Impressively how they could low this much the level of the serie whit this season, just depressing
  • Dec 06, 2019
    Best of the three seasons. (if you didn't know a fourth was coming).. The contagion was real .. it was spreading outside of NYC, lots of trial and error reality survival moments. The feeler vampires were pretty good. I can't give a perfect five because the editing gave them kind of a cheap feel. The monologues were great. Pros.. It was more realistic than what people gave it credit for. It had the sadistic vibe from Eichhorst.. holy crap that dude had some great pizzazz moments where he's all shot up and then can just turn a dime and have this satyrical zeal for talking to Palmer.. That alone is worth five stars. Cons: I wasn't crazy for the new intro soundtrack but I didn't hate it. Can't stand the kid, put a bag on his head and presume him infected. Actingwise he probably did a good job. The mother son bond was overplayed ..
  • Sep 13, 2018
    Can this show get any scarier and theilling
  • Feb 14, 2018
    A very entertaining season that keeps the show moving forward after the stalled feeling of the 2nd. Overall this is the season that takes the show where you want it to go. Lots of action and Corey Stoll and Kevin Durand are both on top form attacking the problem from different angles. Although a little light in the dramatics the story pushes itself along nicely and for fans of Blade 2 and the Hellboy films there is a lot here to keep you entertained.
  • Oct 06, 2017
    Familiar themes and backdrop but the evolution of the characters and the environment is really interesting.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Honestly, The show still has momentum. No use writing it off yet. Only noticeable hick up thus far has to be recasting Max Charles, absolutely hate the kid not because of how they try to depict him as the misguided son, but simply because the acting has been god awful at every moment he's been used. I've cringed every time they do any form of focus on him.
  • Jul 08, 2017
    I'm binge watching hulu and am hooked..
  • Apr 03, 2017
    This show is better with every season
  • Dec 23, 2016
    a mediocre score for a mediocre season. fan fav's fall and Eph's kid again proves why he should join his mother...

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