We’ve always known that FX’s ‘The Strain‘ was set for a limited run 39-65 episodes to expand upon the trilogy and add story points that the creators had wanted but we’ve just learned that the upcoming fourth season will be its last. Initially, up to five seasons was in the cards for the creators but it looks as if four will be the magic number. Thankfully for fans Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan will have plenty of time to retool their fourth and now final season to bring the endgame home properly. With the series also set to be a shorter one, this should hopefully not interfere too much with the tale that they wanted to tell.
According to FX Networks president of original programming Nick Grad:
“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 threw in his two cents by saying that:
“It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always come first. 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 three, 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 four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
It looks like the trio may not have been hoping for a fifth season after all, or at least had the story worked out in a way where one wasn’t needed. With the third season currently half way through being aired. Honestly, too many fans, four will be quite enough as while the plot is solid the pacing has left much to be desired and a conclusion being in sight sounds like just what we need.
Are you happy to hear that the showrunners will have a full season to wrap up ‘The Strain’? Do you feel that even more of a story could be told or are you happy that it is set to end next year? Share your thoughts below!
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