Ever since Mr. Quinlan first appeared on FX’s horror series, “The Strain,” fans have been hoping to see more of him and his backstory, and the third season promises to do just that.
“I wouldn’t say it’s totally his origin story, but we’re filling in some of the blank spaces in his life,” co-executive producer Chuck Hogan told Collider in an interview at the Television Critics Association summer press tour held last Aug. 9.
Co-executive producer Carlton Cuse added that casting the character had been tough as they were hoping to find the perfect actor who could portray the half-vampire’s remarkable presence on screen while convincingly striking a balance between his part human and part monster qualities. Shakespearean-trained actor Rupert Penry-Jones certainly fits the bill with “a gravitas and a depth” that awed Hogan and Cuse.
In fact, part of the reason why the showrunners are fleshing out Quinlan’s story in the upcoming season is Jones’ dedication to his role. Jones would spend more than three hours getting prepped up and transformed into Quinlan.
“He has long days, but always is completely on top of his game,” Cuse remarked.
Another character that fans will be seeing more of in “The Strain” season 3 is the Internet hacker Dutch Velders, played by Ruta Gedmintas. Dutch will be reunited with some old friends, as described in the official synopsis for season 3 episode 2.
Hogan told Collider that Dutch will have joined another group when the third season catches up with her, but that she will eventually reconnect with her old crew. Cuse added that Dutch is set to play a huge part in the third season and that fans should watch out for more interesting developments regarding her character.
“I think the audience will really love what they see from Dutch this year,” Cuse said.
“The Strain” promises a more fast-paced and compelling run when it returns to FX for its 10-episode third season tonight, Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. EDT.