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'The Strain' season 2: Here's what we know so far

Season two of FX’s The Strain is so close, your blood-sucking proboscis can almost taste it. Last season ended with our gang failing to take down the Master, but fear not! When the show returns on July 12 with episode “BK, NY,” Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez are hard at work on a biological weapon to wipe out the Master and his minions. Good old Abraham Setrakian is busy making his own plans to take down the Master—searching for an ancient book which could hold the key to victory. The race to stop the infection from spreading is on!

Based on information that has been released, the show’s sophomore season looks promising and much, much darker (we’re fine with that). Here’s what we know so far.

Fighting a virus with a virus. As we learn in a season two clip, Nora and Eph aren’t exactly looking for a “cure.” Instead, they’re trying to create a virus to take out the vampires. Specifically, they are looking for a weak link in the vampire biology to infect the infected. That’s a pretty lofty undertaking for two lone CDC workers trying to survive in the midst of a vampire apocalypse, but if anyone can do it, it’s these two … right? It also seems as though Eph doesn’t mind torturing his vampire lab rats. We can’t say we blame him. We’re talking about the fate of the human race here, people!

Check out the “Season Two First Look” to see showrunner Carlton Cuse and the cast members dish on the spread of the strain.

There’s a new player in town. Cuse recently announced the casting of Samantha Mathis (American Psycho, Under the Dome). She’s described as an ally of Eph’s and a councilwoman in Staten Island who decides to take it upon herself to do something about the city’s little vampire problem. Cuse also described her character as “cool” and “amazing,” so we have high hopes! Plus, Team Eph (and all of humanity, for that matter) are going to need all the help they can get.

The Master has his own plan. The Master is about to undergo a “wondrous” transformation, according to his henchman, Thomas Eichhorst. Transformation into what we don’t yet know. The Master is also working on creating a batch of new creatures … because Strigoi running around town infecting people with their love worms just isn’t enough. Oh, and guess who gets to be in charge of the new creatures? None other than Kelly Goodweather, Eph’s newly proboscis-slinging wife. One more thing to note about the Master: Cuse made a statement saying that just because the Master wasn’t killed last season, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t injured. If injured doesn’t equal dead, then it probably doesn’t matter.

Eph’s son gets a new face. If Eph’s son, Zach Goodweather, looks different to you when the show returns, that’s because it’s a completely different actor. Max Charles (The Amazing Spider Man, American Sniper) is taking over the role previously played by Ben Hyland. As to why the switch was made, we can’t be sure. In a statement to Deadline, Cuse said of the actor swap, “It is a pleasure to welcome Max Charles to the cast. We recast this part due to some specific story needs we have downstream. We are sad to see Ben go. He is a very talented actor and a wonderful person. We will all miss him and thank him for his great work.” We hope the new Zach can handle a high-strung and slightly more aggressive father, because that’s what it looks like he’s in for.

The Strain fans, are you excited for the return of the show? Do you think Team Eph will be able to throw a wrench in the Master’s plans, or will the virus spread beyond New York City? What do you think these “new creatures” will be? We’ll leave you with the official season two trailer to get you pumped up.

Keep an eye out for the new updates sure to be released after The Strain‘s panel at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday, July 12.

The Strain airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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