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"Slouching Towards Bethlehem"
Series Defiance
Season 2, Episode 8
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Air date August 7th, 2014
Writers Bryan Q. Miller
Director Larry Shaw
Producers Michael Taylor; Bryan Q. Miller; Paul Leonard; Anupam Nigam; Michael Nankin; Mark Winemaker; Todd Slavkin; Darren Swimmer; Kevin Murphy; Michael D. Gibson; Brian Allen Alexander; Amanda Alpert Muscat; Michael Freeman; Ryan Greig; Alexander Wood
Starring Grant Bowler; Julie Benz; Stephanie Leonidas; Tony Curran; Jaime Murray; Graham Greene; Jesse Rath; James Murray
Episode guide
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"Slouching Towards Bethlehem" is the eighth episode of season two of the science fiction television series Defiance and the twenty-first episode of the series overall (if one counts the two-part series pilot as two episodes). It was directed by Larry Shaw with a script written by Bryan Q. Miller. It first aired on Syfy on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.


Principal Cast

Actor Role
Grant Bowler Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz Amanda Rosewater
Stephanie Leonidas Irisa Nyira
Tony Curran Datak Tarr
Jaime Murray Stahma Tarr
Graham Greene Rafe McCawley
Jesse Rath Alak Tarr
James Murray Niles Pottinger

Guest Stars

Actor Role
Mia Kirshner Indogene Kenya
Dewshane Williams Tommy LaSalle
Trenna Keating Meh Yewll
Noah Danby Sukar
Anna Hopkins Jessica "Berlin" Rainer
Kristina Pesic Deirdre Lamb
Douglas Nyback Frei Poole
William Atherton Berto Mercado


Actor Role
Merwin Mondesir Mahsuvus Gorath
Kevin Shand Raiga Suhon
Lizz Alexander Fishmonger Fionu
Katie Douglas Young Irisa/Irzu
Mishka Thebaud Sergeant Goldberg
Jessica Nichols Bertie
Ian Matheson Casti businessman
Anders Yates Angry Castithan


Notes & Trivia

  • This episode is rated TV-14 (LSV). It contains language, sexual situations and violence.
  • This episode had a viewership of 1.615 million people, .5 million of which were within the 18-49 age demographic. It is up by .138 from last episode.
  • "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is also the title episode 4x04 of the WB Network television series Angel.


  • The title of this episode is taken from the second verse in the poem The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats, which was written in 1919 and first printed in 1920. The full line is "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" Lines from this poem have also been used in episode titles of another popular sci-fi fixture, Andromeda, such as "Its Hour Come 'Round at Last".
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem is also the title of a book of essays by Joan Didion, which was printed in 1968. Didion took her title from the poem The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats.


  • There are no bloopers available for this episode at this time. Be the first to add some! Just click on the edit tab under the section heading and start typing. A blooper is any revealing mistake that can be found within the episode that the production crew may have missed during editing. This can range from inconsistent lines of dialogue to visible production equipment in the shot to mis-spoken lines of dialogue, or... dare we say it? A wardrobe malfunction.



  • Stahma Tarr: Nolan. Such a unique man. There's a certain air about him. Leather, bourbon, gun grease.



See also


The World of Defiance

Defiance miscellaneous

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