The Strain has been contained after four seasons, despite initially eying a five-year run.
Speaking to THR, EP Carlton Cuse said he’s “happy” about the ‘decision’ to diverge from the initial five-season plan:
In the last season of a show you can really do anything; we wanted to not have everything finish at the end, which is why Setrakian’s story wraps in [episodes] seven and eight. So we spent all our bullets, we told the story we wanted to tell and we’re happy about it.
On the process of ending The Strain, and what the conclusion means to the story, he said:
So for the history and legacy of The Strain we had to define what the journey was. We had originally sold the show as being three seasons and added a fourth along the way. At one point there was talk of it being five seasons, but it really felt that four seasons was right. We wanted to bring it to an end while we still had the appropriate amount of narrative velocity going.
With The Strain, this epic graphic novel thriller-adventure, it needed to end with The Master being vanquished. But given the tone of the show and the way the story played out it felt that it needed to be played out at a high cost and a lot of characters had to be sacrificed for that goal.
Did you want a fifth season of The Strain, or did the series end at the right time?