A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Did You Know?
Although similar to the "Reaper" creatures from Blade II (which Guillermo Del Toro also directed), the Strigoi are Del Toro's actual original concept. When he had first began developing an interest in writing as a young man, Del Toro had created and conceptualized his own idea of vampires being monstrous, parasitic creatures with leech-like feeding appendages. This was many years before either Blade II or The Strain, with the latter work representing Del Toro's exact original concept. See more
The time it takes for people to change into Strigoi changes from episode to episode. Originally it was several days; in later shows it only takes several hours or less. See more
Season 2 episode "The Battle for Red Hook" has an extended animated opening credit sequence. See more