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‘The Strain’ Panel Just Dropped the Mic at Comic-Con

The Strain Season 3 is coming soon and San Diego Comic-Con just got a sneak preview of what to expect next. Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez and Richard Sammel were all present alongside writer and show creator Chuck Hogan on stage. Executive producer and Ron Perlman lookalike Carlton Cuse also joined the cast to tell Comic-Con what we’ll be looking forward to in the next chapter of The Strain, and the crowd loved every minute of it.

The panel began with warm introductions, walk-ons and cheers from the excited and happy crowd. Kevin Durand who plays muncher hunter and rat exterminator supreme Vasiliy Fet got a huge response, but Miguel Gomez got the loudest cheers . Ruta Gedmintas and Richard Sammel came out and addressed the crowd and seeing Dutch and Eichorst on stage was interesting to say the least. There were plenty of questions about Season 3 and the whole team was happy to oblige.

Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the series novels with director Guillermo del Toro, spoke about how the show strays from the books in a good way. The point of the show is to make the best entertainment possible and what The Strain has delivered so far in the first two seasons has been kinetic, engaging and very fun to watch. The show creators promise that many questions will be answered about Quinlan and just what Bolivar’s new role as The Master will entail.

Season 3 has been cut down to 10 episodes, but executive producer Carlton Cuse promises that each episode will be packed with excitement as we see the fight for New York escalate to become a battle for the fate of the world. The Strigoi are getting stronger and in a new clip from the first episode of Season 3, we see just how damaged Corey Stoll’s Ephraim Goodweather has become as he continues to work on an anti-muncher bioweapon. Thus far, this upcoming season looks exciting.

In this new chapter of The Strain, it’s now been 23 days since the outbreak began with Flight 753. We see that Eph is drinking heavily and having visions of Zach, and Fet is now working with teams of National Guard soldiers to patrol the underground tunnels of New York City. Justine Feraldo is still heavily invested in ridding the city of the vampire threat, and her tactics have now become even more organized and forceful with mandatory evacuations of different neighborhoods. The crowd at Comic-Con roared with applause from the preview.

Having members of the core cast at the panel was fun for everyone in the room. Kevin Durand told a great story about scaring-pranking  cast mates between scenes, and everyone gave a huge round of applause to David Bradley unfortunately had to miss the panel. The Q&A touched on the making of the show and what each character will face this coming season. Gus is still struggling with the loss of his mother, Dutch is still traumatized from being captured by Eichorst and Fet has a lot to go through when he suffers a terrible loss.

The best reveal of the panel was a huge surprise. A new never-before-seen clip was revealed, which we thought would be a simple behind the scenes video. Instead they offers up comedy gold. Thanks to the amazing rap skills and swagger of David Bradley, Kevin Durand and Miguel Gomez, the crowd at Comic-Con was treated to an awesome music video called Vamps Boom. It shows just how much fun everyone had making the show, and we couldn’t be more excited to see how it pays off when The Strain returns August 28. Check out the video below. It’s the best.


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Andrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins is a fan contributor at Fandom. He has been on the fan media scene since 2011. Arriving at Fandom by way of CHUD and GUY.com; Andrew loves Sci-Fi Horror movies and supervillains. His dislikes include jargon and presumption.

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