The Terror season 2 is officially a go at AMC. Season 1 of the inspired-by-real-life horror series was a huge hit for the network, so it's not all that surprising to find out that they've given the green light to a sophomore season. However, since season 1 told a complete story, they need something new to inspire the horror this time around. Taking the anthology series route, season 2 of The Terror will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific. David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios had this to say in a statement.
"'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. Our deep appreciation goes to the persistently creative and passionate showrunning team of David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, the incomparable Ridley Scott and the rest of the producing team, and the outstanding cast led by Jared Harris for launching this concept and leaving us on the precipice of terrifying new adventures as we continue with the next chapter of 'The Terror.'"
Alexander Woo, who serves as showrunner for The Terror says, "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 legendary Ridley Scott is also an executive producer of the series. It's not so surprising that a horror series from the man who made Alien was one of the best-reviewed new shows of the year. Max Borenstein, executive producer and the man who had the original idea for the show, had this to say.
"As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it's clear that truth is always scarier than fiction. This season of 'The Terror' uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation's history. The Japanese-American internment is a blemish on the nation's conscience, and one with dire resonance to current events. I'm thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV."
While no specific premiere date has been set, The Terror season 2 will air in 2019 and consist of 10 episodes. Season 1 of the acclaimed series centered on a true story about the Royal Navy's perilous voyage in 1847 while attempting to discover the Northwest Passage, ultimately becoming a desperate and horrifying tale of survival. This news comes to us courtesy of AMC.