Stoll bids his ‘The Strain’ character a bittersweet farewell

When a series ends, some actors can find themselves going through a bit of withdrawal when they’re forced to put down a character they created and inhabited for a number of years.

But Corey Stoll, who plays troubled hero Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather on the FX sci-fi thriller series “The Strain,” which opens its fourth and final season Sunday, July 16, probably isn’t one of them.

“Yes and no,” the 41-year-old native New Yorker says with a laugh. “I mean, it was definitely sad saying goodbye to the cast and crew. I think as we were winding down, we were looking down and realizing what a really great group of people had been assembled, and that was really a bittersweet ending. But I think the fact that the writers knew from the beginning of the season that this was the end really enabled them to write a satisfying conclusion to the character. So I felt like there wasn’t any loose ends, which is I think pretty rare in television.”

As the new season begins, the world is in darkness following the nuclear blast at the end of Season 3. The ensuing nuclear winter has liberated the strigoi and allowed them to move around during daytime and enabled the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. Most humans now work for the strigoi with the understanding that they must either collaborate or die.

Mankind appears to be down for the count but a small group is fighting back in an effort to ensure the species’ survival, among them Eph.

“He’s really kind of just in survival mode,” Stoll says. “He’s in Philadelphia. … He is living literally underground and trading medical advice and medical work for food. And it’s only reluctantly that he gets pulled back into any sort of organized campaign against the strigoi regime.”

Corey Daniel Stoll

Birth date: March 14, 1976

Birthplace: New York City

Alma mater: Oberlin College, Tisch School for the Arts

Family ties: Wife is actress Nadia Bowers; one child

TV credits include: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Charmed,” “NYPD Blue,” “Alias,” “Numb3rs,” “ER,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace,” “The Unit,” “Standoff,” “The Nine,” “NCIS,” “Life on Mars,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: LA,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “American Dad!” (voice), “Girls”

Movie credits include: “North Country” (2005), “Lucky Number Slevin” (2006), “The Number 23” (2007), “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” (2009), “Salt” (2010), “Midnight in Paris” (2011), “The Bourne Legacy” (2012), “The Time Being” (2012), “Non-Stop” (2014), “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014), “Dark Places” (2015), “Anesthesia” (2015), “Ant-Man” (2015), “Café Society” (2016)

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George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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