The Strain Season 2: Corey Stoll on Eph’s downward spiral

Corey Stroll on how things have gone from bad to worse in The Strain Season 2

Strain Season 2
Strain Season 2
The events of Season 1 have taken their toll on Eph (Corey Stoll)

Coming into Season 2 of The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s vampiric take on the apocalypse, things aren’t looking good for the main cast, with bloodsuckers running rampant in New York.

For Dr Ephraim Goodweather (played by Ant-Man and House Of Cards‘ Corey Stoll), things are looking even bleaker. His estranged wife Kelly (Natalie Brown) numbers among the infected, which combined with Eph falling off the wagon, marks an emotional turning point for the character.

“His life is no longer together, that’s for sure,” says Stoll. “There’s a sense going into the second season that it’s no longer a secret what’s happening. The authorities know about it, the world knows about it; it’s more of an out-and-out battle, so for my character, that sort of scepticism that I held onto for as long as I could in the first season is pretty much gone, so I’ve accepted the more supernatural aspects of the infection epidemic.

“But while I’m still that incredibly driven workaholic person I was in the first season, there’s also a sense of letting go of some of my Hippocratic Oath and the more moralistic aspects of my personality. Alcohol has something to do with that I think, and desperation.”

Season 2 will be centred primarily around the events of The Fall, the second in del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s original trilogy. With potentially room for another two or three seasons still to go with regards The Strain’s overall story arc, Stoll is more than happy to see how it turns out. “A lot of what appealed to me about the show was the sense of this story, and having this book as the guide posts. It’s not about creating a world and then milking it and trying to keep it going somehow, and figuring it out as we go along.”

Season 2 of The Strain will air on Watch from 26 August. For more on the biggest TV series, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.