The Strain is here to stay. Just days after its sixth episode aired, FX has announced that they're renewing the series for a second season. The announcement states that the second season will consist of thirteen episodes. Also announced is the news that Season 1 of The Strain will be available on DVD and Blu-ray December 2. Hey, just in time for the holidays!
Based on a series of books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain comes from del Toro, Hogan, Carlton Cuse and Gary Ungar and centers on the start of a vampiric outbreak in New York City. Merging sci-fi and horror, the plot is split between the CDC team investigating the outbreak and the people involved in its release onto the population.
FX announced the official renewal of the series for Season 2, and the planned DVD/Blu-ray release, which is set for later this year. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes and it's expected to arrive on FX next Summer (2015).
There are still seven episodes remaining in the first season, which has been getting steadily creepier with each passing episode. That's largely due to just how horrifying these vampire people really are. Forget Edward Cullen and Eric Northman. The vampires in The Strain are the full-on predatory blood-sucking monster-creatures that exist in nightmares. And we haven't even mentioned the worms. Worms that slither around just beneath the skin.
Beyond the horror of the situation, there's that mentioned sci-fi element, as this event is being treated like an outbreak by the scientists who are trying to get to the bottom of it. That includes Corey Stoll's Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who heads up the team of doctors. They're approaching the situations as if it were a viral outbreak, applying logic and a scientist's determination to understand what's happening and put a stop to it. It's that merging of tone and genre that really makes The Strain stand out as a great TV show... if you can stomach the occasional gore. And the worms.
The cast also includes Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Sean Astin and David Bradley, the latter of whom plays the role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, who plays a Holocaust survivor who's determined to take down the ancient vampire known as the Master.
The Strain airs Sunday at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX. Read our breakdown of last Sunday night's episode here and take a look inside the series in the video on the next page...