Here's everything we know about The Terror season 2 so far. The Terror season 1 was developed by David Kajganich (Suspiria) and adapted from Dan Simmons' 2007 novel of the same name. Both season 1 and its source material were inspired by the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror's real-life doomed expedition to locate the Northwest Passage in the Arctic from 1845-48, but incorporated fictional elements (in particular, a supernatural monster known as the Tuunbaq) into their narratives. The show was initially designed to serve as a one and done 10-episode series and premiered on AMC in late March 2018.
However, following the critical and ratings success of The Terror season 1, AMC decided to expand The Terror into an anthology series and officially renewed the show for season 2 in June 2018. Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) and Alexander Woo (True Blood) co-developed The Terror season 2, with Woo doubling as showrunner and Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) calling the shots on the first two episodes. This time around, The Terror will move ahead to the 1940s for season 2 and explore a story that takes place in a Japanese internment camp against the backdrop of WWII.
It's not clear yet if The Terror season 2 - which is officially titled The Terror: Infamy - is based on a specific incident like The Terror season 1 or features an original storyline inspired by larger historical events. Infamy isn't adapted from a book like the first season, so there's more mystery surrounding the plot in general, this time around. That said, here's everything we do know about The Terror season 2, including its premiere date and more.
Last updated: June 4, 2019
The Terror Season 2 Release Date
The Terror season 2 - again, titled The Terror: Infamy - premieres on AMC on Monday, August 12, 2019. Along with the premiere date announcement, AMC released a first look at some promotional images from The Terror: Infamy, which show Japanese-Americans arriving at Colinas de Oro internment camp wearing tags on their clothing, and another shot of mourners gathered around at a funeral.
The Terror Season 2 Story Details
Like season 1, The Terror: Infamy mixes real history with fictional horror elements to tell a story with social and political overtones. The Terror: Infamy follows the members of a Japanese-American community as they are haunted by an "uncanny specter", starting in their home in Southern California and continuing on through to their experiences in WWII, where many of them are forced into internment camps. The premise is reminiscent of season 1's, in the sense that it involves a group of people being hunted by a malevolent supernatural being against the backdrop of a major event in history. Derek Mio (Spooked) will lead the way as Chester Nakayama, the son of Japanese immigrants who aspires to leave his community behind him and join the army. As for the supernatural aspect, The Terror: Infamy includes yureis (spirits) and obake (ghosts) which will possess people in the camp.
The Terror Season 2 Cast
Mio is joined in the Infamy cast by Star Trek icon George Takei as Yamato-san, a retired fishing captain and community elder who is imprisoned with his family in the Japanese-American interment camps during WWII. Takei was famously held in a real-life Japanese internment camp when he was a child and is pulling double-duty as a consultant on the show's historical accuracy (when it comes to its non-fiction storytelling), in addition to acting. Mio also has a personal connection to Infamy's subject matter, as one of his grandfathers was held in the Manzanar interment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Other cast members include Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester's past. Meanwhile, Shingo Usami (Unbroken) and Naoko Mori (Torchwood) are playing Chester's parents, Henry and Asako Nakayama, and Miki Ishikawa (Hit) is playing Amy, a friend of the Nakayama family. C. Thomas Howell (Animal Kingdom) rounds out the main ensemble as Hallowell Bowen, a retired Major and War Relocation Authority official who is said to play a key role in The Terror: Infamy's narrative.