The Strain: Season 2 (2015)



Critic 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.


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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

WE start with a story in Romania which I'm guessing is how 'The Master' came to be. The predecessor of the master apparently hangs his balls from his neck, WTF? I couldn't help but chuckle at that and mention it, looks like an oversized Turkey! Oh & that was all sorts of gross (not the neck.. a scene sometime after it) Something tells me that the young boy in this is NOT going to turn out to be like Chandler Riggs character on the Walking Dead. He's definately a darker, more reckless character. I wouldn't be surprised if this kid gets 'worms' if you know what I mean! I do think though f they do go in the fashion of the boy being a dark character that it would be a nice change. aside from the kids on the Whispers (which really may not know any better) there's no kids on tv (at least in shows I watch) that have this really dark side, I think they'd have a ball getting that angst out, esp tweens! Now that I've finally been able to type this up and watch some more epiosdes I think this season is going pretty fast. I swear it's like the show comes on than its over in minutes (it feels like it goes by in 15 minutes) which is a good thing. Who wants to watch a show that they equally watch the clock for it to be over as well?


There were a lot of changes this season from the book but was still quite fun overall. Unfortunately the changes were bad and made the viewers want to punch certain characters, hopefully next season is better.


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