FX to end vampire thriller after next summer's season 4

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FX’s vampire apocalypse has an end date.

FX’s The Strain has been renewed for a fourth season. That’s the good news. The downside is that it will be the show’s final season.

For fans who like their shows to have a clear end date and not overstay their welcome, this announcement might be good news all around. The current third season is expected to take the show’s narrative right up to the end of the second of three novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan upon which the show is based, so the producers will adapt the final novel into a single season.

“It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first,” said showrunner Carlton Cuse. “Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”

The third season of The Strain is currently airing on FX on Sunday nights. The current third season was reduced from the show’s usual 13 episodes to 10. No word yet how many episodes the final season will feature. But the show will return one more time next summer.