Warning: General Spoilers Ahead
For those who are expecting my weekly super-teasers, I’m afraid you may be a little disappointed this time. Under threat of life and limb, we have been sworn to secrecy for the final 1/3 of Sunday’s finale, and so, everyone will just have to remain on pins and needles for another 48 hours. Sorry, folks! But, you know, that is really a good thing. This finale is so off-the-charts, so shocking, so unexpected that if you are a true fan, you’d want to watch it live, which, of course, means no major spoilers.
That being said, what exactly can I tell you? Well, I still can talk about 2/3 of the episode, and trust me, **plenty** happens before all hell breaks loose during the final minutes of the episode. First, have we missed Quinlan or have we missed Quinlan? I know I certainly have, and the good news is he has a major presence in the finale. There is one fantastic scene where Gus formally introduces Q to the rest of the recruits, and I don’t have to tell you how well that goes over, at least initially. Let’s just say Quinlan doesn’t like being threatened and called a “freak,” and so if you want to live, you probably shouldn’t try that one. However, the scene does end on a good note, with Q giving this wonderful, inspirational speech to his new team, almost like a General in an army rallying his troops who are about to go to battle. I absolutely loved it, and except for…well…you know, the scenes we can’t talk about, this is one of the best parts of the episode.
Speaking of Quinlan and the Ancients, what about the Occido Lumen? Well, I can tell you that, yes, they have the auction, and as would be expected for those familiar with the trilogy, Setrakian wins — and, in much the same manner as he does in the books. Here’s a question — how much do you think the ancient book sold for? A million? 5 million? 32 million? (which is how much it went for in the trilogy) Not even close. 323 million freakin’ bucks! Setrakian is happy because he finally has the book. Creem is way more than happy because he’s now very, very rich. And Eichhorst? Pretty damn pissed, and trust me, there’s hell to pay before the episode’s end.
And, one final teaser, and this one’s for all of the Angel fans out there — the man **finally** puts on the mask! With the cross last week and now the mask, this warrior’s ensemble is now complete.
Now, for those final scenes of the episode. I honestly can’t say a word, but I will tell you it’s a major game-changer. When I did a Q&A with Executive Producer Chuck Hogan this past week, his response to being asked about the finale was, “I will be watching the finale with a very heavy heart.” It doesn’t take a genius to know what this means. For the average viewer, it will be shocking, but for the hard-core fan of the trilogy? It will send shock waves through the fandom, and with such a major deviation from the source material, it will call into question just how much of the remaining story will be forever-altered because of this one single event. So, get some tissues and hard liquor ready because make no mistake, you’ll need them come Sunday.
The season 2 finale of The Strain airs Sunday at 10/9c on FX.
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