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The Strain season 3 news

Here’s what we know so far about ‘The Strain’ season 3

Season 2 of FX’s The Strain ended on an unexpected note, with every character dealing with a personal blow. While last season had its ups and downs (we were definitely left asking some questions about the plot), we still can’t help but be excited for the third season. Here’s everything we know so far about what to expect when the show returns later this summer. 

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'The Strain': Season 2 report card

FX’s The Strain has come to an end after an action-packed episode that led to two deaths and a lot of fighting over the Occido Lumen. With the season finale fresh in our minds, let’s grade the character story arcs this season—from the badass introduction of Quinlan to the noticeably absent Master.

Ephraim Goodweather: C
Oh, Eph, we really wanted to like you more this season … but, nope. He had a few redeeming moments, but we’re finding it really hard to care about his character. His weird little trip to D.C. where he threw someone off a train and then snogged a random woman, before crying over her death like they had been together for years, didn’t exactly rank him any higher on our love list. His character didn’t experience any real growth, and while he and Nora found a virus in the beginning of the season, nothing ever came to fruition with it. We’ll have to wait until next season to find out if it can be weaponized.

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5 predictions for 'The Strain' season 2 finale

Where did this season go? The season 2 finale of FX’s The Strain, “Night Train,” is only days away, and all of our main characters are ready to rumble. At this point, everyone pretty much wants to kill everyone else, and everyone wants to get their hands on the elusive Occido Lumen. A showdown is bound to happen, as all of our major players attend a bidding war for the ancient text. We know money won’t really be a factor here—it’s more about who can murder whom first. We also have to worry about Zack, Eph, and Nora, who are planning on taking a trip out of the city to deliver Zack to his grandparents (we can already smell Kelly coming from a mile away).

There are several different ways this season could shake out, so let’s take a look at five possible finale predictions. We’d like to note that we have not read the book series and are not basing these predictions on anything that may be in them!

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'The Strain' fan recap: Eichhorst proves himself irredeemable in 'Dead End'

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “Dead End” | Aired Sep 21, 2015

FX’s The Strain delivers delightfully edgy horror with its latest episode, “Dead End.” Thomas Eichhorst’s disturbing torment of Dutch takes center stage in this episode, grabbing the usually campy and gory show and giving it an unnerving psychological thriller feel. We approve!

We learned some of Eichhorst’s backstory—which, while necessary to understand his character, certainly doesn’t make us sympathetic toward him. Definitely not after what he does to Dutch. In fact, this episode opened our eyes to the truly psychotic monster that Eichhorst is. Don’t get us wrong—we still think he’s a deliciously evil villain (Richard Sammel is pure magic onscreen)—but with those uncomfortable white room scenes, this is the first time we’ve actually been rooting for his demise.

Let’s break down the most important moments from “Dead End.”

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'The Strain' react: Eph's assassination attempt lands Dutch in danger

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “The Assassin” | Aired Sep 13, 2015

Another great episode for FX’s The Strain is in the books! We may have been critical of the show’s slow progression and disjointed character storylines this season (it’s only because we care!), but much like last week’s high-powered episode, “The Assassin” definitely impressed us. Now that we are nearing the end of season two, we’re getting more-focused episodes with more action, and becoming more attached to these characters.

In this week’s episode, Eldritch tries to make things right with Coco, Eph and Dutch team up for an assassination attempt that goes horribly wrong, and Dutch lands herself in the worst possible place.

Let’s break down the episode’s biggest moments and what they mean for the rest of the season.

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'The Strain' delivers the episode we've all been waiting for

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “The Battle for Red Hook” | Aired Sept 6, 2015

Best episode yet? The Strain‘s latest episode, “The Battle for Red Hook,” was exactly what we needed from the show. The fact that this week’s episode wasn’t spread out among too many characters kept the momentum going. Sure, we missed Quinlan and Gus (no, not you, Eldritch), but a focused plotline this week paid off and allowed for a more engaging episode than we’ve been seeing this season.

We have to admit that we even liked Eph and Zach in this episode, so that’s saying something. We’ve been dying for the show to make us care about these two characters, and this week, we did.

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'The Strain': The best and worst moments from 'Intruders'

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Intruders” | Aired Aug 30, 2015

On the latest episode of FX’s The Strain, “Intruders,” we continue the desperate search for the ancient Occido Lumen, Gus’ attachment to his new family, and Zach’s long stream of defiance against his father. The episode seemed to be yet another filler. One has to wonder if the quality of the show would benefit from a shorter season. Many fans have suggested that this would be the fix for the sedated plot progression, and the show’s often stagnant and repetitive feel. We have to say, we completely agree. Despite the criticism, though, The Strain never fails to entertain and draw viewers back each week.

Here are some of the best moments from “Intruders,” as well as some moments that left us scratching our heads.

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Quinlan is exactly what 'The Strain' needs

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “The Born” | Aired Aug 23, 2015

And just like that, with the addition of one single character, the show gets exponentially better. New favorite character alert! FX’s The Strain gave us hooded vamp Quinlan’s backstory last night, and showed us why he may be he most badass new character on TV. It only took one flashback sequence for us to be completely enthralled by him. His presence provides a jolt to the show, which has been a little slow in the plot-development department.

Is Quinlan the most exciting thing to happen to The Strain yet? Let’s discuss.

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'The Strain' react: The secret life of Ephraim Goodweather

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Identity” | Aired Aug 16, 2015

Did anyone else have nightmares after watching Kelly and her Feeler babies last night on FX’s The Strain? This week’s episode, “Identity,” did not disappoint in the action department. We got to see Gus kick strigoi butt again (can’t complain about that), while Eph dealt with his own set of issues in Washington, D.C.

The show’s plot is still moving at a slow pace, but there have been enough “wow” moments to keep fans entertained.This episode still served the same purpose every other episode this season has seemed to serve—simply setting the stage for something big, which we’re guessing won’t be until the season finale. While nothing monumental has happened so far this season, we did get a little plot progression this week. Let’s break down some of the most important moments from the episode.

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'The Strain' react: Eph is finally de-wigged in 'Quick and Painless'

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Quick and Painless” | Aired Aug 9, 2015

Now that’s what we’re talking about. This week’s episode of FX’s The Strain was the best so far this season. With Ephraim Goodweather assuming a new identity to get out of town, and Kelly Goodweather unleashing her chirping babies into the world to scare the living daylights out of people, the episode was nonstop action. It also raised several questions that we need to discuss. Let’s talk about the best moments from “Quick and Painless,” and why Eph thought simply shaving his head was enough of a change to not be recognized.

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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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