The FX vampire series The Strain is currently in its third season (find reviews and more right here), and now we know that this current season is the penultimate one.
It has been announced that the series, which is based on the book trilogy of the same name written by Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) with Carlton Cuse (LOST) acting as showrunner, has been given a season four order by FX. It’s also been revealed that this fourth season will be the show’s final season.
Of the news FX Networks president of original programming Nick Grad said:
“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of The Strain. Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion.”
Cuse also released a statement, saying:
“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 3, 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 4. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
This is probably something of a relief for Cuse, as he has been insanely busy since LOST. In addition to being the showrunner on The Strain, he’s also the showrunner of A&E’s Bates Motel (which also has its final season coming up) and co-showrunner on USA’s Colony. He was also showrunner of 2015’s The Returned, which was canceled after one season. Cuse also helped develop a new series based on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character set to star John Krasinski, which Amazon gave a 10-episode straight-to-series order to.