Making The Last Stand
♦ The Strain ends this Sunday and here’s a promo for the very last episode…
The Strain 4×10 “The Last Stand” Season 4 Episode 10 Promo (Series Finale) – In the series finale, Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain. Written by Chuck Hogan & Carlton Cuse; directed by J. Miles Dale.
Showrunner Carlton Cuse spoke about the season finale on indiewire this week:
“I co-wrote the final episode with Chuck Hogan, so we developed it together,” Cuse said. “All of this was stuff that we ran by Guillermo, who had notes we incorporated. He had some specific ideas about the ending of the show that we embraced and I think really added some wonderful resonance and nuance.”
Those ideas, as well as Cuse and Hogan’s, were not beholden to the books which inspired the series. The ending to the TV show sounds like it will be very different from what’s on Hogan’s pages.
“We absolutely did not feel wedded to the books,” Cuse said. “I think when you adapt anything you have to let it become its own thing, and in the case of this trilogy of books, we always saw that there were sort of landmarks in the books that we would hope to get to, but we didn’t feel compelled to do anything in the books.”
“The books are one thing and this television show became something quite different,” he said. “While they share some of the same landmarks, the television show is its own story and we treated it as such. So the ending for the television show is something that felt appropriate from really just evaluating the narrative of our television show, not the books. We didn’t feel like we were kind of compelled to try to swing back around and end the television series the same way as the books. It was just sitting around deciding, ‘OK, what’s best for our show?’”