WARNING: A few spoilers if you haven't been watching FX's The Strain the past two seasons.
The summer is winding down and with it summer season shows. Which, if you're like me, means it's time to start getting excited for what the Fall season has in store. For me, this means all my favorite darker dramas. Zombies and superheroes are all on their way, but first August brings us back the strigoi — or vampires for the uninitiated. Season 3 of The Strain returns to FX and here's what you need to know to jump back in.
Less Than A Month And New York Is A Battleground
For those just jumping into The Strain, New York City has quickly been ground zero for a fast-spreading vampiric virus first started in an airplane harboring a very old and ancient evil. At the outset of Season 3, only 23 days have passed, just over three weeks and the virus has spread so quickly the American government has all but abandoned hope or help for NYC.
Where Are Our Characters At The Start Of Season 3?
So where are our characters in the new season? Season 3 picks up following Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), our beleaguered CDC scientist. The death of Nora (Mía Maestro) in Season 2's finale has affected him greatly, not to mention his son Zach (Max Charles) has taken off with (what used to be) his mother, all vampired up.
Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand) will be on his own separate path at the start of Season 3, according to the show's execs, trying his own plan out at taking down the enemy. As for badass elder Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), he finally got his hands on the Occido Lumen, a book that could hold the key to taking down The Master (Robin Atkin Downes) and his plan to use the strigoi to wipe out humanity. Eldritch Palmer's (Jonathan Hyde) loyalty for The Master will certainly be shaky after the death of Coco, his love. Gus (Miguel Gomez) joined up with Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) after a tangential storyline, and together with the Ancients they will attempt to solve the crisis on their own. After her captivity experience with Thomas Eichhorst (Richard Sammel), Dutch Velders (Ruta Gedmintas) has some serious PTSD to work through in Season 3. So that's a quick recap of where everyone's at at the start of the new season.
After a lot of new developments, deaths, and separation in Season 2's finale, there is drama, trauma, and danger aplenty for the new season. Need further proof this show has one of the best casts on TV? Watch their hilarious rap, shown at the 2016 Comic-Con for proof.
A Visual Feast (No Pun Intended)
Those already familiar with the show know it's visually appealing, plenty of darkness with almost neon lighting. Writer-producer Carlton Cuse said at San Diego Comic-Con that their goal for the visuals was to look as much like a graphic novel-based show as possible:
“I collaborate very closely with Guillermo [del Toro] along with the director of photography to create that. It’s very distinct and the goal for the show is that it doesn’t look like any other show on TV. I think the look is a character, we really want our show to be visually driven as well as character driven.”
Not only does the show have a distinct look for its monsters — believe me, you've not seen vampires like these — it builds suspense in its imagery, putting the characters into some spooky-looking settings. We can expect even more of this imagery in the new season, especially as the world succumbs to the epidemic taking over.
Expect A Shorter Season 3
Producers of the show claim Season 3 will be shorter, 10 episodes only, which is probably good for its pacing. A few sub-plots to the show have felt a bit out of place and forced to add further emotion to what should be an action-oriented show. A shorter season could be exactly what the show needs to get back to a better footing and hold audiences' interest. The Season 2 finale was by far the strongest episode of last season. If they can maintain that momentum, Season 3 could be the best yet!
Not caught up? No problem. Seasons 1 and 2 are now available to stream on Hulu. You've got a month to catch up, believe me, that's plenty.
The Strain Season 3 airs August 28 on FX.
What do you hope for in the show's new season?