The end of the second season of FX’s vampire drama “The Strain” incorporated a twist that demonstrated that the series is not beholden to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s three-book series.
Now, ahead of the third season premiere on August 28th, executive producer Carlton Cuse told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that the original plans for a three-season show have changed – and that means more and more changes from the book are coming:
“When we first sold it, we sold it as a three-season show. Then we did talk about five seasons and now, as we are beginning to work on the fourth season … we’re in the process of trying to figure out creatively how many more episodes we have. We’re sorting that out right now…. Really, we set this thing in motion and we’re looking to tell the best version of this story without feeling like the books are an impediment.”
As for that twist at the end of last season, Cuse says “it pays off immediately and throughout the ten-episode run.” It’s a shorter run next season which begins with an extended recap of the events of the previous twenty-three days of increased vampire infestation in New York City. The new season begins August 28th.