So, it would seem reports of the Master’s demise were greatly exaggerated.
The heroes on tonight’s episode of The Strain, “Gone but Not Forgotten,” learned with certainty their immortal enemy was not done in by Quinlan’s sword during the confrontation on Coney Island — the “crimson worm” at his center simply slithered away in search of a new host after Bolivar’s body was decapitated. It was a message delivered to Quinlan and Setrakian by the ancients (Quinlan did not react well to the news), while Eph discovered the unfortunate truth when the Master used the body of an average strigoi to contact him with a threat against Zack. Bad news all around.
At the outset of the hour, though, things were looking up — at least where Fet stood. He was in a celebratory mood, certain the King Rat had been dispatched, confident the task now was a “proper extermination.” Professor Setrakian wasn’t too gleeful, though, pointing out that without the controlling intelligence of the Master, the strigoi on the streets would simply turn feral. Eph, too, was bitter and depressed as he removed bullets from Quinlan’s body, certain that with the Lumen in the hands of the vampires, the monsters would have no reason to keep Zack alive. Eph finally confessed to Fet and Setrakian that he and the Born had stolen the Lumen to lure the Master to the pier — a revelation that turned Fet’s revelry to anger and prompted Setrakian to ask the epidemiologist to leave.
Dutch, however, was far happier to see Eph after turning up drunk at Fet’s place in Brooklyn (where Eph has made himself at home), explaining she’d lost her friends and her way. Suffering from insomnia, she can rarely rest; when she does dream, it’s of her time in Eichhorst’s dungeon. She tries to offer Eph some support, insisting Zack could very well still be alive, but he’s convinced his son is lost to him forever.
That, of course, is not necessarily the case. His son is still in Kelly’s care, though he doesn’t appear to enjoy the same protection he did previously. He’s very nearly stung by a strigoi before his mother rushes in to save him. As Kelly embraces the boy, an upset Eichhorst appears, insisting they must continue to follow the Master’s plan. He’s determined they will strike back…
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