Someone’s Going to Die on ‘The Strain’ and It Might Not Be Who You Think

Comic-Con Q&A reveals an even darker Season 4 for FX's vampire action-thriller series.
Brian Linder
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The final season of The Strain, FX’s vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is set in a world gone dark. Literally. As in, everything got blown up and now there’s nuclear fallout everywhere.

In the wake of a nuclear explosion, strigoi are now in control. But there’s hope…

Corey Stoll in FX's The Strain.
Corey Stoll in FX's 'The Strain.'

Can Goodweather (Corey Stall), Setrakian (David Bradley) and their allies turn the tide and save humankind? The cast and creators of The Strain took to the Ballroom 20 stage at Comic-Con on Thursday to discuss.

Showrunner Carlton Cuse and EP/writer Chuck Hogan were joined by Stoll and Bradley along with cast members Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles to discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life.

Dutch and her blood type could be the key to defeating the strigoi. Maybe.

Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch in 'The Strain.'
Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch in 'The Strain.'

The Season 4 premiere, which aired earlier this week, didn’t feature fan-favorite character Dutch, played by Ruta Gedmintas. But today’s San Diego Comic-Con panel revealed a clip showing that she’s in a bad situation.

“This season is bleak and dark,” Gedmintas told the audience. All the women who have B-positive blood are kept as breeders. And Dutch is one of them.”

Cuse said that the strigoi’s affinity for Dutch’s blood type could be important. “This B blood is something the strigoi love,” he said. “That becomes a key part of the narrative as the season goes on.” Could B blood be the way the strigoi are ultimately defeated? We think there’s a strong chance.

None of the characters are safe this season and it won’t end like the books.

Carlton Cuse wants fans to prepare for anything to happen to their favorite characters as The Strain comes to an end.

“We get really definitive endings for all of the characters of the show,” Cuse says. “And not everybody survives. There are some things that we think you’ll find really fun and surprising.”

Fans who’ve read the book should NOT expect the same ending. Stoll says, “I think the writers did a really good job of keeping it true to the spirit of the ending of the books, without the exact same things happening.”

Brian Linder
Brian Linder is Sr. Entertainment Editor at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM from IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite and co-creator of the movie site, FilmForce, acquired in 2006. He's into space operas and superheroes.