The Strain renewed for Season 3

The Strain FXThe Strain has been picked up for a third season of ten episodes, according to Entertainment Weekly. The FX horror drama is based on a trilogy of books written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (The Strain, The Fall, The Night Eternal) about a vampire epidemic that strikes New York City, and how various characters learn to survive and fight against this new menace.

During the TCA press tour, show executive producers del Toro and Carlton Cuse discussed the future of the show, particularly how they intended to tell the whole story in five seasons.

“From the very beginning, we had really talked about the first book being the first season, the second book being the next two seasons and the third book the last two seasons,” Cuse elaborated in an article by The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve stuck to the game plan.”

While the first two seasons had 13 episodes each, the subsequent seasons will be limited to 10-episode runs. “And then that will be the end,” Cuse said.

Cuse added that the show’s defined story arc was part of its appeal. Since the limits of the narrative have been delineated, there is no risk for the quality of the storytelling getting diluted by fillers and unnecessary extensions. “One of the things that was attractive to me about getting involved is that the story did come to a conclusion,” Cuse said.

Like any adaptation, the television series may add some elements to expand on the universe created in the books. But del Toro insisted that the show will not go beyond the books in terms of overall plot: “The way we see it is as a closed tale, and I’d very much like to keep it that way.”

The Strain‘s second season airs Sundays on FX.