Season 2, Episode 6
The Strain Season 1 Episode 6
Air Date August 16, 2015
Written By Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Directed By Howard Deutch
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Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather

Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez
David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian
Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders
Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet
Max Charles as Zach Goodweather
Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather
Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst
Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer
Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar
Miguel Gomez as Augustin Elizalde
Rupert Penry-Jones as Quinlan
Robin Atkin Downes as voice The Master
Nadia Bowers as Leigh Thomas
Joaquin Cosio as The Silver Angel
Roger Cross as Reggie Fitzwilliam
Tom Ellis as Rob Bradley
Doug Jones as The Ancients
Robert Maillet as The Master
Samantha Mathis as Justine Feraldo
Parveen Kaur as Aanya Gupta
Sugith Varughese as Naren Gupta
Miranda Edwards Eve
Brian Paul as General Dean Rushing
Asim Wali as Bennett
Chris Locke as Louis
Roland Greber as Chris
Rhea Akler as Deedee

Also Starring

"Identity" is the sixth episode of   Season 2 of The Strain. It first aired on August 16, 2015.

Summary Edit

During Eph's time in Washington D.C., he discovers that the Federal government is falling apart, as Congress debates and prepares to impeach the president for his lack of a response in stopping the viral outbreak. Eph is introduced by Rob Bradley to a contact in the National Guard, who says that he will help. Eph is also introudced to Leigh Thomas, a representative for the pharmaceutical company, Kemerall. Kemerall is convinced to consider the possibility of mass-producing Eph and Nora's Strigoi bio-weapon. Leigh and Eph are seen celebrating later, and they stay the night together.

Fitzwilliam divulges Palmer's plans to Setrakian and Fet.

The anonymous Strigoi seen at the end of the previous episode contacts the Ancients, criticizing them on their failure to destroy the Master from the start. He explains that for his own, personal reasons, he will agree to help in the hunt to find and destroy the Master.


The anonymous Strigoi, criticizing the Ancients and providing assistance in stopping the Master.

Aanya is taken on a food delivery, accompanied by Angel and Gus. During the run, they are attacked by Strigoi, and Gus is assisted in the fight by Angel.

Kelly tracks Zach, and she and the Feelers ambush Nora and Zach. Nora and Zach use a church as protection, keeping from Kelly for a short time, until Setrakian and Fet arrive, along with Fitzwilliam. Kelly escapes, but the Feelers are killed after one manages to infect Fitzwilliam. To prevent him from turning, Setrakian kills him.


Nora and Zach taking refuge from Kelly in a church.

Kemerall is considering the bio-weapon and is reviewing it for mass-production. Leigh takes Eph to Rob's house to tell him the good news. When they arrive, they discover that he is dead, finding out that an assassin from Stoneheart was sent to target Eph. The assassin kills Leigh, leaving Eph wounded. Eph manages to shoot him before getting away.

Meanwhile, Eichhorst expects the Master to use him for the transferrance, but is dismayed and surprised when the Master, instead, chooses Bolivar as the host. Eichhorst then pledges his fealty to the Master's new form.


Eichhorst pledging his loyalty to the Master, who has transferred to Bolivar's body.


Angel: Where'd you learn those manners? Same place you got your tattoos?
Augustin "Gus" Elizalde: Okay, I get it, man. I thought I knew you, so you want to give me a hard time. So here it is. I went to prison. I was a thief. I wanted to be a fighter, but I couldn't make a living at it. So I broke my mother's heart, and I did a bid upstate. Now I'm nothing.
Mr. Quinlan[to the Ancients] Pitiful, this city of New York. I expected Constantinople, Baghdad before the Mongols. Rome. Oh. Those were cities. This is a factory. A machine. I can see why he started here. You indulged him. You looked the other way for too long. Perhaps you're growing complacent. You should have stopped him 70 years ago, if not seven centuries ago. I get no pleasure from your anxiety. I trained Vaun and the others to be better; they failed us. I'm here now. I will stop him. But for my own reasons. I sensed him when he was injured. I need to know who got close enough to hurt him. And I need human hunters who can work during the day. That is, if you have any left.
Eldritch Palmer: I need to know that our plan is not in jeopardy before I proceed. And that he is able to uphold his side of the bargain.
Thomas Eichhorst: Let me assure you -
Eldritch Palmer: Your assurance is not enough! I assure you, I didn't become one of the wealthiest men in the world by being played for a fool. Either he is ignoring me or avoiding me. Tell him he does so at his peril.
Thomas Eichhorst: For your sake, I shall tell him no such thing.

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