The Strain The Bite Stuff
Pstill have some life in them yet, The Strain, based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s book trilogy, is back for a second season picking up with the Big Apple suffering from a horrific vampiric pandemic. In season one small pockets of humans in the know, like CDC scientist Dr Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather ( Corey Stoll) and Professor Abraham Setrakian ( David Bradley), created the first line of resistance against the vampires. Executive producer/ showrunner Carlton Cuse tells Red Alert that season two, which is loosely based on book two The Fall, will reveal more factions of humanity joining the fight.
“Season one was really about the spread of the epidemiological crisis that turns into the very nascent stages of a vampire apocalypse,” Cuse explains. “People were learning and accepting that there were vampires on the loose in New York City. Season two is now that people accept they exist, what are they going to do about it?”
Cuse teases that different strategies will arise to stop the various developing stages of bloodsuckers rising. “In the case of Eph and Nora ( Mía Maestro), they decide to take all of their knowledge of how to fight the disease and find a way to kill these vampires. For Setrakian, his goal is to get his hands on the Lumen, a book which is purported to contain the information to kill the Master.
“And then New York decides to fight back,” Cuse says with some glee. “What happens a lot in society, whether it is Nazi Germany or [ Fascist] Italy, the ability to organise society in chaos comes in the form of a person and for us it’s Justine Feraldo, played brilliantly by Samantha Mathis.” A Staten Island City Councilwoman with loyal cops at her disposal, Cuse says Feraldo immediately tips the playing field. “She appears out of nowhere and is a wild card force who is able to make headway against the vampires but does so by suspending every civil liberty there is.”
As for the evolution of the vampires’ army, Cuse tells audiences to be prepared for new visual assaults from the mind of del Toro. “He has no peer when it comes to creature creation. If you read the books, you get a clear sense of all of the different forces that our characters will face. We bring in a couple more this season and I absolutely love the way Guillermo rendered them. It’s just awesome!” The Strain season two begins on 12 July on FX in the US. A UK airdate is TBC.
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