|Season 2, Episode 1|
|Air Date||July 12, 2015|
|Written By||Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan, & Guillermo del Toro|
|Directed By||Gregory Hoblit & Guillermo del Toro|
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By Any Means
| Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather |
Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez
The episode begins with a flashback to 1932, when Abraham Setrakian was a young boy. Here, his grandmother tells him the story of a kind, Polish nobleman, Jusef Sardu, who is afflicted with gigantism. Sardu's brother, ashamed of Sardu's condition, holds the belief that the blood of a great wolf will cure him of the ailment. Sardu is taken on a hunting trip with his brother and a few others to seek out a great wolf for this purpose, but the group finds that they are not alone. Sardu's brother, along with the others, leave Sardu in search of whomever, or whatever, is moving in the woods around them. As time passes and they fail to return, Sardu follows the trails of the hunting party to a cave, discovering that they had all been brutally slaughtered. Sardu finds the creature in the cave and tries to kill it, but it is too powerful, and so quickly subdues him. The creature makes it clear to Sardu that his current form is becoming frail, and so he takes over Sardu's body by transferring the parasitic Strigoi worms to it. Afterwards, Sardu returns to the town, using the local children for feeding.
In New York, present day, Setrakian searches for information pertaining to the whereabouts of the Master. He heads to Bolivar's theater to find such information, where he finds, instead, Vaun and a small group of other Strigoi accompanying him. Setrakian is then kidnapped by the group and taken to the Ancients. They make a deal with Setrakian, agreeing that once the Master is found, Setrakian will report his location to them immediately. Setrakian remains silent on this agreement, keeping it hidden from Eph and the others. He asks them to accompany him to his storage facility, as he needed to gather a few items of his. While they searched the warehouse for Setrakian's storage locker, they stumbled across an elderly couple who had been hiding inside one of the storage lockers. Once Setrakian's locker is found and his items are removed from it, Strigoi begin closing in on them. The group is forced to fight their way through the Strigoi, but at the cost of the elderly couple becoming infected. Eph's decision to use them as test subjects for a bio-weapon wins out over Fet's decision to off them where they stood.
Due to the Master's prolonged exposure to sunlight, his body is deteriorating and dying, and so he requires a new host. The Master commands Eichhorst to bring him blind children, who are later turned into Strigoi. However, they are not average Strigoi. Due to their lack of one sense, all of their other senses are unusually heightened, more so than an average Strigoi's. These new Strigoi are called "Feelers," and they are primarily used as trackers. The Feelers are given to Kelly (memory fully restored), under the command of the Master, as well as Eichhorst. Her orders are to find her son, Zach, as well as lead the Master to Setrakian.
Bubbeh (Setrakian's grandmother):
There once was a great nobleman named Jusef Sardu. Since childhood, he suffered from gigantism. His body was aged, his bones were bent and riddled with aches, so he was forced to walk with a cane. His was a beautiful sword-cane with a white-gold handle and a silver blade. His disease made him aware of the frailty of life. So as a result, he was very kind to others, especially children. However, Sardu's brother, the baron, was shamed by his sibling's affliction. He organized a hunting trip with his brother and his cousins, because he believed the blood of the Great Grey Wolf could cure the disease afflicting Yusef. Day after day, they walked in search of the Great Grey Wolf. But something other than a wolf was alive in the woods. And it started hunting them. One by one, the members of the hunting party left until Jusef found himself completely alone. A certainty grew in his heart; his brethren were dead, and it was up to him to kill the beast or die trying.... When he finally encountered the creature it was not a wolf at all. It was an ancient, hungry being. And as it gazed at the giant's body, it smiled.
The Master: Young hunter. So, you think you're going to kill me with that? I can smell the silver on the blade. Do you think you are faster than me? This body is frail, brittle. My will, my soul I pass unto you. As a blessing, I bestow them.
Bubbeh: Sardu returned to his village weeks later, but was never again seen outside his castle walls. Not in daylight that is. Some say he was much changed. And soon, young children began disappearing from the village, vanishing from their beds at night. And while no one ever saw Sardu again, some say they heard his cane in the night. Evil lurks in the world, Abraham, in many forms.
- Eldritch Palmer: I was under the clear impression that he was going to be here!
- Thomas Eichhorst: The Master will attend or - will not attend, according to -
- Eldritch Palmer: Please! Spare me the "he will or he will not" spiel. It's tiresome. This is the most significant part of the next phase of operations! Now, where is he?
- Thomas Eichhorst: I see a little of the Master's white in your veins has made you bold, Eldritch. But as a friend, I'm telling you, being too bold - may not be wise right now.
- Eldritch Palmer: Eichhorst, honestly? You're not my friend, and I don't give a warm shit what you think. Don't try and manage me. I'm not one of your foot soldiers. I am the Master's partner.
- Thomas Eichhorst: His partner? Hmm, Of course. The Master will be very interested to hear that.
- [Dutch and Ephraim are sharing a drink]
- Dutch Velders: To survival?
- Ephraim Goodweather: To victory.
- [They drink]
- Ephraim Goodweather: [about Dutch's project] What the hell is this?
- Dutch Velders: I won't know really until it's finished.
- Ephraim Goodweather: Well, how will you know when you're finished?
- Dutch Velders: When I know what the hell it is.
- Ephraim Goodweather: That's a Zen riddle. Too bad my job is so results-oriented.
- Dutch Velders: You still have a job?
- Ephraim Goodweather: Oh, yeah. Saving the human race.
- Dutch Velders: Oh, right. I forgot.