It's rare to see a horror TV series really take off, notable successes like American Horror Story and The Walking Dead aside. Creators must battle late time slots (for the sake of hapless child viewers) and assert themselves in a love-it-or-hate-it genre to get their ideas the screen time they deserve. So fans were hopeful when, in 2012, Guillermo del Toro announced he would develop a horror series with co-writer Chuck Hogan based on their trilogy of novels.
Thus, The Strain, a horror series about the outbreak of a vampiric disease in New York City, debuted in 2014. Since then, though the show has received generally favorable reviews, some fans -- especially us here at Screen Rant -- have noticed the show hit a few lulls. A statement by showrunnner Carlton Cuse today reflected this concern and revealed some dramatic news: The series will come to an end after its fourth season, which is slated for a summer 2017 premier.
In a statement released by FX, Cuse said:
“It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first. Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
Cuse, who has also contributed to Lost and Bates Motel, has served as executive producer and showrunner since the show's inception. Co-writer Hogan is best known for his screenplays for The Town and 13 Hours, though his partner del Toro undoubtedly brought The Strain's stylized gore to life. The Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director made a name for himself as an international auteur with a penchant for all things creepy and fantastical, and even took home Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics for the former title. The series features talented actors Corey Stoll (Ant-Man, House of Cards), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), and Kevin Durand (Dark Angel, Lost) in leading roles.
It's comforting to know that this unique series has received nothing but support from its network, but horror fans will undoubtedly be sad to see it go, despite its recently slowed-down pace. We know that members of the cast and crew will move onto exciting projects, like the ever-buzzworthy Pacific Rim 2 for del Toro and the Jack Ryan TV series for Cuse.
The Strain is in its third season and currently airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on FX.