Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain Was Teased Last Night, Did You Catch It?

The Strain FX seriesThe Strain, a new FX series based on the novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was teased last night during the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead.  Did any one pick up on that right away?  Not likely.  The promo featured "found footage" accounts of rats.  The first shot shows a couple dining outdoors until they spot rats scurrying about by a sewer grate.  Another shot finds a batch of rats running through the hallway what looks like a City Hall.

And sandwiched between these two shots, an incredibly small phrase that read: "He is here."

That's some masterful Cloverfield-like mystery-building right there. 

Guillermo del Toro is directing the pilot for The Strain which kicks off next July.  The tale is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather” (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.  Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez also star.

[Thanks to Uproxx for getting to the bottom of it.]


  • sgreen516

    This was a terrific books series. Can’t wait to see it brought to life!

  • Polite_Werewolf

    So that’s what that was. I actually started reading the first book but found it too slow for my tastes. I’m a huge Del Toro fan, though, so I’ll still tune in for this series.

    • superdave7006

      You should listen to the audio book of the first one. It’s read by Ron Pearlman and he does an amazing job.

  • J Jett

    pretty cool! i’m really excited for this show!

  • Darrin Tyler

    its going to be terrible….it should be on a channel that is uncut, they can actually add everything….with FX they won’t be able to add anything at all

  • Chocolate Snowman

    Here comes Mr. Leech.