While Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain‘ has been getting a bit of mixed reviews, fans will be happy to hear that FX is confident enough in the show to renew it for a second season! I for one am one of those fans. Yes ‘The Strain’ can be slow at times but with a couple novels left to cover, I’m glad we’ll see it returning with another 13 episodes in the summer of 2015!

Mixed reviews aside, you can’t argue with ratings and FX says that the premiere is the most-watched premiere in FX history with over 12.7 million total viewers to date. The series opened with a 3 million viewer opening that grew to 4.7 million it ended up ranking as the best demo premiere on cable this year. The show has been averaging 2.34 million viewers since that time.

Creators Carlton Cuse and del Toro are especially ecstatic about this as they have plans written up for a series that would run three to five seasons and this gets them that much closer. One more season would allow them to complete the story that they have in mind where a few more would let them truly flesh out the story arcs that they want to create. Considering how many trilogies these days get turned into four or more movies this really isn’t that much of a surprise that they’d want to stretch them into four or five seasons. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the series get a full five season run as horror is hot on FX right now with ‘American Horror Story‘ constantly getting attention for its great stories, even with many fans complaining about how the last season ended.

Have you been enjoying ‘The Strain’ so far? Do you hope it lasts the full run that they want or has it not been living up to your expectations? Share your take on del Toro’s version of vampires below!


The Strain“ is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter