The Strain (2014–2017)
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The Fall 

Humanity teeters on the edge of destruction. The Master finally reveals himself, initiating the end game of a battle in which there can be only one winner. Eph, Fet, Setrakian, and Dutch ... See full summary »


Carlton Cuse


Guillermo del Toro (created by), Chuck Hogan (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde (credit only)
Max Charles ... Zach Goodweather
Ruta Gedmintas ... Dutch Velders
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Mr. Quinlan
Samantha Mathis ... Justine Feraldo (credit only)
Joaquín Cosio ... Angel Guzman Hurtado (credit only)
Robin Atkin Downes ... The Master (voice)
Cas Anvar ... Sanjay Desai
Joe Delfin ... Randy


Humanity teeters on the edge of destruction. The Master finally reveals himself, initiating the end game of a battle in which there can be only one winner. Eph, Fet, Setrakian, and Dutch must overcome their personal differences in a last-ditch effort to vanquish the strain. Written by FX Press Release

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Drama | Horror | Thriller








Release Date:

30 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At 12:21 Eichhost begins reciting the words inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the shining door". See more »


When Abraham was talking about the bubonic plague that hit Europe, Africa and Asia in the 14th century it showed a someone wearing a plague mask. The plague mask wasn't used until the 17th century. See more »


The Master: The taking of a soul is but another blood meal. But your suffering, this is a delicacy.
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31 October 2016 | by alecthecrackerSee all my reviews

How is it possible that a show goes from good to hated so fast? Between the poor character development, bad show running choices, mediocre acting, and nonsensical plot points, the show kept getting worse and worse, to the point of frustrating the viewer with totally nonsensical twists and rushed plot development. The characters are one note at best. Perhaps the 40 day span of the setting dooms it to failure, but they could do better. Then of course they replaced a good child actor who wasn't even unlikable to one you absolutely have to hate, who really actually doesn't know how to act at all. Furthermore, they keep up the nonsensical character choices. Especially after this episode, I have no reason to keep watching the show. It is that frustratingly stupid and nonsensical. What should've been wrapped up as a series after this episode is extending to another, probably unbearable season. Greed is never compatible with art, that much is clear. After this episode, I can say that I have never hated a show more than this one. Emotionally nonsensical and mediocre storytelling. Wooden acting complete with plot decisions that take what good twists there were and undo that good, making them even worse than possibly thought.

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