It looks like the vampire apocalypse is soon to be resolved. You’ve probably been enjoying season three of The Strain, the FX drama about a group of humans trying to stop the spread of a virus that transforms people into blood-sucking fiends starring Corey Stoll and David Bradley. The show’s been getting positive notices in its third season, but the episode order was cut from its usual 13 to 10, and if that made you wonder how much longer The Strain might be around, you’re right to think that this shorter season portended doom. FX and The Strain producers have now confirmed that the fourth season will be the last.
The decision to end the show seems to come from a creative place, that’s according to showrunner Carlton Cuse who said he made the decision after consulting with Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, his co-executive producers and the authors of the books The Strain is based on. “It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first,” Cuse said in a statement.
“Our original plan was for the series to last three years,” Cuse continued. “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.”
So the bad news is that The Strain is ending next year, but the good news is that we’re gotten one more season than we were originally going to get, and that ain’t not bad!
The Strain is currently at the halfway point of season three, and you can watch it Sunday nights at 10 pm on FX.