I’m going to share my truth with you. Rumors first started trickling in about AMC’s The Terror being turned into an anthology series before we had even seen an episode, and I was not feeling it at all. The book is called The Terror, it is called that because it follows the story of the HMS Terror of the doomed Franklin expedition, so how can you continue that story? The series was originally planned to be a limited-series event, and these rumors of an anthology seemed like a money-grab and I was not here for it.
Then I watched the series. It was perfect. I sat in my living room after watching the 10th episode and I needed more. The story of Captain Crozier, my sweet bae Harry Goodsir and the dastardly Cornelius Hickey had ended, but I wanted to stay in the world that Ridley Scott and his production team created. Luckily for the world, AMC has decided to renew The Terror for a second season and setting it in the Japanese internment camps that dotted the Southern California landscape during World War II.
In a post for Variety, President of Original Programming for AMC David Madden thanked the previous team while also welcoming aboard new Executive Producer and show runner Alexander Woo and new Executive producer Max Borenstein.
The Terror has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format. We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show’s combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work. We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein.
In the same article, EP and new show runner Alexander Woo makes a connection between the event to be depicted in the show and what is going on in the world today. Saying, “I’m deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period. We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment. And the prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling.”
The first season of The Terror was more than just a monster show. It was a character-driven study of humanity set in the bleak environment of the far north. The second season, while it will tell the tale of a spirit that haunts the Japanese-American community during World War II, will see a lot of the same themes come into play. It will be a character-driven study of humanity set in the bleak environment of the racist hysteria of Americans in the 1940s.
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