Warning: This article may contain spoilers for season two of The Strain.
Fans of The Strain watched as the city of New York fell last season. What started out as a comparatively simple viral outbreak was actually the beginning of a vampire apocalypse that systematically crippled one of the largest cities in the United States. In the beginning, it seemed one band of warriors, led by the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), would be able to wipe out the vampire threat, but as The Strain's freshman season progressed, it seemed more obvious that it wouldn't be long before the vampire population grew out of control.
FX just released The Strain's second season teaser and it seems that things are going to be far worse than they were in that first season. As The Strain's Corey Stoll says in the teaser, "As goes New York, so will go the rest of the world."The Strain promises to go nationwide and possibly worldwide, unless a way can be found to eliminate the growing vampire apocalypse. Last season, The Strain's heroes seemed to have victory in their grasp, but a direct assault on The Master was a catastrophic failure. The team hasn't given up yet. It seems that the second season of The Strain will have Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mía Maestro) pursuing a more insidious method of destroying the vampire species. Hoping to create a biological weapon of their own, the scientists busy themselves with studying ancient vampire blood, courtesy of Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley).
Of course, when Eph isn't busy with his research, he seems slightly obsessed with teaching his son the hard facts of their new life.
"This is what your mother is now!"
A little more tact might have served him well, but the point was made.
Meanwhile, Abraham is following a lead of his own, searching for an ancient book that he hopes will reveal the history of the entire vampire strain and reveal a way to kill the species off completely.
The Master isn't sitting idle while The Strain's protagonists seek out a means to destroy him. On the contrary, The Strain's primary villain is busy with work of his own, creating new, deadlier breeds of vampires and setting them to the task of fulfilling his hunger for vengeance against his foes.
When The Strain returns, it definitely seems it will be coming back with greater threats and higher stakes...so to speak. Will Eph and company be able to contain the strain, or will it spread beyond New York and overtake the rest of the country?
Adding to a list of Sunday horror-themed shows that includes WGN's Salem, The Strain premiere will air on July 12 on FX.
[Featured image courtesy of FX/The Strain]