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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 198

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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.


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
Jack Kesy
as Gabriel Bolivar
Miguel Gómez
as Augustin "Gus" Elizalde
David Bradley
as Professor Abraham Setrakian
Ruta Gedmintas
as Dutch Velders
Max Charles
as Zack Goodweather
Roger R. Cross
as Mr. Fitzwilliam
Drew Nelson
as Matt Sayles
Nikolai Witschl
as Ansel Barbour
Sean Astin
as Jim Kent
Regina King
as Ruby Wain
Leslie Hope
as Joan Luss
Ben Hyland
as Zack Goodweather
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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…
Top Critic

A lot of this finale doesn't hit home in the way it should.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

  • 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...
  • Oct 31, 2016
    The finale was ruined by Zack. Great! JUST GREAT!
  • Oct 31, 2016
    <@ if (review) { @><@= review @><@ } @>REALLY REALLY HATING THE KID ZACK. Please kill him !!!! painfully

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