The Strain: Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse have five-year plan | EW.com

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Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse lay out five-year plan for The Strain

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Don’t worry: The Strain is going somewhere. Following the news that the show has been renewed for a third season, two of the show’s executive producers, Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, told reporters at TCA on Friday that the pair have five years planned out of FX’s horror drama.

The show is adapted from a three-novel series created by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Cuse detailed how the season-by-season distribution of the book’s material will shake out in prospective 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 said, via The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve stuck to that game plan.”

He added that season 3 and beyond will be 10-episode campaigns, unlike the 13-long ones of the first two years. The defined story arc is something that Cuse liked about the show and was an attractive part about joining the project. It’s something del Toro is adamant about retaining: “The way we see it is as a closed tale, and I’d very much like to keep it that way.”

The Strain airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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