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The Strain Season 2 Trailer Fights For Survival As New York Burns

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Whenever you mention monsters and Guillermo del Toro in the same sentence, it’s a prospect worth getting excited over. Reviews of the initial run of The Strain are somewhat mixed (I still haven’t had the chance to check it out for myself), but from most accounts as the season wound on, it got all kinds of crazy and awesome. And if this new trailer for season 2 of the FX vampire series is any indication, things are going to stay insane for the foreseeable future.

Based on a trilogy of novels by del Toro and co-writer Chuck Hogan, the basic premise of The Strain is that some kind of ancient biological evil, a nasty old virus, lands in New York City and turns the population into bloodthirsty vampires. A Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, led by Doctor Eprhaim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), are the only ones who can stop it, and team up with a collection of every day citizens to do just that.

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The Strain: Guillermo Del Toro Reveals These Details About Season 2

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The StrainI was a little late to the Strain party, which, now that I think of it, would be a cool theme for a party. I’m imagining everything from vampires to viruses to old dudes with swords—doesn’t that sound fun? Perhaps something like this would be in order for season 2, because even though I watched most of the first season thinking the show couldn’t possibly have another season in it, I was wrong. And Guillermo del Toro recently dished on what’s coming for the next go round. Hold on to your hats (and probably your stomachs)!

There are going to be some spoilers if you haven’t watched season 1, you’ve been warned.

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The Walking Dead Wants The Strain Actor For Fan-Favorite Role

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the strainAMC’s The Walking Dead is going to head in a pretty dark direction in Season 5…not that the last four years were filled with sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. But fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic series are keenly aware that this is all child’s play compared to the abominably heinous Negan, a villain that we sadly probably won’t be running into this season. But we now know that they’re trying to cast the part, and it all comes from an actor on The Strain who didn’t quite realize the bombshell he’d let loose.

Speaking on a conference call (via Nuke the Fridge), actor Kevin Durand was asked about other shows that fans want to see him in, and he presumably stunned everyone by saying he was at least one of AMC’s choices for the role of the sadistic villain. He said, “I’ve had a lot of people with The Walking Dead talk to me, mentioned that they see me for a character named ‘Negan,’ but I haven’t read the comic.”

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Guillermo Del Toro On Pacific Rim 2 And The Classic Show That Inspired The Strain

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PacRimDelToroGuillermo del Toro had a lot to talk about at Comic-Con this year. He’s returning to his horror roots with the upcoming Crimson Peak. He’s got The Strain trying to make vampires genuinely scary again on FX. And he’s still riding high on the triumphant announcement that Pacific Rim 2 is coming in 2017, which has got to feel great in light of all the people who shit on it when it under-performed at the domestic box office. And while he’s keeping Pacific Rim 2’s overall story under wraps, he did reveal a few hints about what’s in store for us during a new interview with Hero Complex.

Del Toro has said before that Pacific Rim 2 will raise the stakes and up the action of the original, but given how things wrapped up at the end of the first movie, it will be interesting to see how he continues from there. On a basic level, he says he’ll be mixing things up just so it doesn’t feel like he’s repeating the same sort of action beats we saw last time around. But he also says they’ll be exploring more of the mythology about the so-called “Anteverse,” the alternate universe that was lobbing monsters at our world through a dimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific. So could that mean an expedition into the Anteverse for our heroes? If so, will that mean mankind figuring out how to create a rift of their own, or will the denizens of the Anteverse open up another one themselves, hoping to get some payback?

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The Strain: Three Things We Liked About Del Toro’s Vampire Tale, And Two We Didn’t

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StrainLast night Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain premiered on FX, finally giving us a look at one of our most anticipated shows of the year. Based on the trilogy of books by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain actually began life as a TV series pitch by del Toro, but when he couldn’t get a network to pull the trigger on it, he went the novel route. Now it’s come full circle back to the small screen with a creepy tale of a vampire plague that’s about to make everybody’s lives a lot more complicated.

There was a lot to like about The Strain, and assuming it builds upon those strengths in the weeks to come, it should make a great palliative for fans who are currently in Walking Dead withdrawals. It wasn’t without its flaws, however. Hit the link below to see our breakdown of three things we really liked about The Strain…and two things we kind of didn’t.

Spoilers ahoy!

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The Strain Infects Your Free Time This Sunday Night: This Week’s Sci-Fi Television

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The thing I’m most excited about this week is The Strain, FX’s adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire horror books. The Strain was actually initially intended as a TV series, but del Toro couldn’t get any takers, so he partnered with Hogan to turn it into a trilogy of novels. Now that series is complete and The Strain has come full circle and del Toro’s got a five-season plan for the new TV series — he certainly doesn’t lack for ambition.

The Strain begins with the mysterious arrival of a passenger plane at JFK International Airport. All the lights are off inside, and the doors are sealed. Fearing a disease outbreak, epidemiologist Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his team board the plane and find it full of dead bodies…and a handful of survivors. Unfortunately, that’s only the beginning, as an ancient evil is about to return in force.

This Sunday’s pilot episode was written by del Toro and Hogan, and directed by del Toro. In addition to Stoll, the cast also includes Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand, and Lost’s Carlton Cuse is aboard as executive producer and showrunner. The Strain premieres Sunday night, July 13 at 10/9c on FX.

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