Despite a mixed reception from fans and critics, The Strain has been a good sized hit for FX, and the network has confirmed a third season for the Guillermo del Toro-produced vampire outbreak series.
TV.com reported a statement from Eric Schrier, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Guillermo [del Toro] and Carlton [Cuse] have delivered two thrilling seasons of The Strain that are captivating and visually arresting, doing justice to the original novel trilogy and meeting fans’ high expectations in the process. We’re excited to see them carry this powerful story into a third season on FX.”
The show is based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy of novels, and there’s been talk from the show’s creators that they are keen to stick to that structure, with either three or five seasons.
“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.”
The first season was something of a mixed bag but when it worked, it really worked. There was buckets of awesome del Toro vampire biology, and we loved David Bradley as vampire hunter Abraham Sertrakian, and of course Kevin Durand as exterminator/vampire killer Vasily Fet. It was also far too prone to spinning its wheels, which is something we hope to see fixed in Season 2.
The Strain also stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.
The Strain Season 2 returns to Watch on 26 August in the UK. You can buy The Strain Season 1 on Blu-ray for £22.99 at Amazon.co.uk and keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.