The Strain Season 4 is the final year of the vampire-apocalypse drama from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. Cuse confirmed as much in a statement last fall.
“After finishing the writing on Season 3, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season,” Carlton Cuse said. “We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season 4. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
But as it unfolds, we have all the details you will need, including our handy dandy episode guide!
The Strain Season 4 Episode Guide
Click on the below titles of each episode to read the full reviews!
The Strain kicked off to a solid start in its premiere episode. Our reviewer writes:
Having the series take a dystopian twist out of the confines of NYC really expands the scope of the series. We are now watching a dystopian reality, and yeah, the politics are really heavy handed but corruption and the price of blinding following one’s leaders has long been a theme of the series. Things have come full circle now. Some of the strongest moments of The Strain have long been the flashbacks to Setrakian’s past living under and fighting the Third Reich. Now, Eph and Fet are living in similar conditions that Setrakian resisted so long ago. Now it is Eph and Fet that must fight back against the reign of the vampire as they must become modern day Setrakians to defeat the Master and free the nation from being the food supply of the strigoi.
In the second episode, Marc Buxton had much to say:
Dutch has long been at the center of some of the best episodes of The Strain. Who can forget when Eichhorst imprisoned Dutch and force fed her pineapple while threatening her with all sorts of Nazi vampire sexual depravity? This week was a call back to that episode (which still makes me squirm- heck, Dutch even references the pineapple this week causing my sphincter to pucker) as Dutch is taken to a strigoi baby factory and forced to become pregnant in order to maintain the strigoi’s herd of humans. Shit man, that’s some messed up stuff right there- a human run breeding facility designed to keep the strigoi’s food supply running strong for generations? Yikes, I say. When fans see the insides of this facility, the consequences of this strigoi world really hits home. Women herded and forced to become incubator for future strigoi meals. This is some grade A horror right here.
Our reviewer wrote:
That’s right, little Zack Goodweather has been hit with Cupid’s arrow and has fallen for a young lady conscripted to be his maid. Poor little Abby must not only clean up Zach’s pizza crusts and skid-marked underwear, she must also deal with his clumsy come ons. Granted, poor ‘lil Abby is not aware that Zach freakin’ blew up New York City and plunged the world into thermonuclear war and a subsequent nuclear winter, but she still has to deal with the fact that Zach, history’s most prolific murderer, has a thing for her. Granted, Zach is helping young Abby by giving her food for the other kids she cares for and also takes her on private tours of the Museum of Natural History, so Abby is benefiting from this painfully awkward friendship. But, there’s no hiding from the irony that Zach is the one who pressed the detonator that killed Abby’s parents and when she finds out about that little bit of business, things are going to get ugly.
Marc had this to say:
Of course after the birth, Dutch rebels (because that’s what Dutch always does) and tries to once again escape. She manages to take Desai hostage, but the episode ends with Dutch surrounded by strigoi heavies. Guys, this is the last season of The Strain. Anything goes, and Dutch and her moral heart are in deep shit in that blood factory. But how can a human mind process the forced birthing of babies to feed an industrialized vampire society? Of course Dutch snapped! It seems like every episode that features Dutch ends with, “How the heck is she going to get out of this one?” cliffhanger, but this week’s ending really took the blood cake. And can we talk about the design aesthetic of the strigoi blood factory? Between the hooks, and the medical horrors, and the veal like human cages, the factory would make Clive Barker poop his pin pants. This is all some truly effective horror and one of the major reasons we will miss The Strain when we are forced to say goodbye to the brutal show at the end of this season and dammit, once again I am left with clenched ass cheeks dying to know what happens to Dutch.
Our reviewer was jumping on the Quinlan train…
Now that the end of The Strain is in sight (five more episodes after this week, I believe), can we just all start begging FX for a Quinlan prequel series? I mean, who wouldn’t watch a series about an immoral, daywalking, altruistic vampire with an Uzi and a bone sword? This week, we get to see what a potential Quinlan spin-off would look like as the episode flashes back to Victorian England and focuses on Quinlan’s past.
Love is hell, by our critic’s impression…
Three love stories highlight this week’s episode of The Strain as Zach, Fet, and Quinlan all experience loves won and loves lost in a week of betrayal, blood, and heartbreak. Look, in the world of The Strain, this new dystopian world where the strigoi rule humans like cattle, love is a complex thing. How can one truly love another when one’s lover could be dragged off and made into a veal chop by the strigoi overlords at any moment? But that doesn’t stop a few of our cast from trying. And the results are brutal to say the least.
Our reviewer has a hard time saying goodbye…
When a series, particularly a series that is immersed in hardcore TV horror, comes to a close, death is inevitable. This week, the Grim Reaper visits The Strain in a big bad way and we are forced to say farewell to some Strain mainstays. The longtime Strain characters that meet their ends this week do so in an unforgettable fashion. Four seasons’ worth of storylines and character development crescendo to a climax that is as unforgettable as it is effective. Sadly, these long time coming characters deaths are mixed in with some quick character dispatches that reek of ineffective plot convenience.
We appreciate the brisk pace of the final season…
This season of The Strain is quite streamlined, with no time for love triangles or that kind of thing. Instead, we have a ragtag band of broken but bold heroes taking the fight straight to the Master’s new dystopia. I just couldn’t take another season of Eph’s alcoholism and thankfully, this season has jettisoned such stuff for wall-to-wall action. With only two episodes remaining, I guess we are preparing for a final battle and the journey to this explosive climax begins this week as Setrakian’s followers make their move to find the Master and end this war once and for all.
The penultimate episode sets the stage for the final confrontation…
With one episode left, The Strain has turned into a streamlined horror thriller that feels like any character can meet a horrific fate at any moment. Common wisdom would have had it that the epic Setrakian/Eichhorst confrontation would have been part of the grand finale. But no, the last battle between vampire hunter and strigoi went down a few episodes back clearing the way for the final battle between the Master and humanity.
We bid a tearful goodbye to the horror series.
So where to begin? For the past four years, The Strain has been a capable and consistent horror series. It hasn’t broken into the cultural zeitgeist like The Walking Dead or become as conversation starting as American Horror Story, but even though it flew under the horror radar a bit, The Strain always delivered compelling and intense storylines and heaping platters of wonderful, wonderful gore. And now, we must bid farewell to our heroes and the strigoi as the final battle with the Master is finally fought as a bunch of broken people save the always somewhat broken human race.
The Strain Season 4 Trailer
Watch the trailer for the final season of vampire goodness.
The Strain Season 4 Release Date
For its final year, The Strain will be spreading the infection nice and early. Despite premiering in the autumn during previous seasons, The Strain season 4 is set to take a blood-soaked bow on Sunday, July 16 at 10pm on FX.
The Strain Season 4 Casting
New additions include Jocelyn Hudon, a star of Syfy’s Lost Girl and the movie Pixels, is joining The Strain season 4. Signing up for a multi-episode arc in the show’s last year, Hudon will play Abby, a woman who is described in a press release as “a young woman in a perilous circumstance, who has to use all of her skills to try and survive in an upended world.”
The Strain Season 4 Story
The official synopsis is as follows:
As the fourth and final season begins, nine months have passed. The world has fallen into darkness, and the strigoi are in control. The explosion at the end of season three triggered a global nuclear apocalypse. The resulting nuclear winter liberated the strigoi, allowing them to move about during daytime, and allowing the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. Preying on the fears of the populace, the Master and his minions have created an unsettling alliance in “The Partnership.” The majority of humans are now working for the strigoi, operating with a single understanding — collaborate or die. With the world in disarray and our heroes disbanded, each of them will have to overcome personal hardship and defy death for even the smallest chance at fighting back… All the while, the Master reigns supreme, furthering his scheme for the end of the world as we know it. In the face of annihilation…do our heroes have what it takes to save humankind?
Deadline also ran the following press details from FX which included these nuggets.
The Strain has the very survival of humanity at stake, with New York City as a battleground. Written off by the federal government, the citizens are on their own in the ultimate showdown between humans and strigoi.