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The Terror returning for Season 2, heading to WWII with new showrunner

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Jun 22, 2018, 9:52 AM EDT

The Terror was one of the year’s most original and uncompromising pieces of television. The story of a group of sailors searching for the Northwest Passage was full of masculine posturing, deceit, idealism, and abject fear. Now, with their story concluded, AMC is renewing the show for Season 2 -- with an all-new story and a few new voices at the top.

According to Variety, the show’s second season will jump forward in time to World War II, following a ghost haunting the Japanese community in California homes, internment camps, and the Pacific theater of the war. That’s a busy specter. In order to handle this new story, there’ve been some leadership changes. True Blood’s Alexander Woo is serving as showrunner after exec-producing and creating the season, while Kong: Skull Island’s Max Borenstein brings his monstrous experience as another executive producer.

While no hints were given that the show would become an anthology -- as the first season was adapting a book -- this gives Woo the opportunity to tell a fascinating story in a similar style: historical fiction overlaid with a truly scary distillation of humanity’s worst emotions. Monsters appear from human cruelty and hubris in The Terror, and this season looks to be no different. Woo’s in an overall deal with AMC, so when he had something to say during The Terror, he was able to move on it.

“I’m deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period,” Woo said. “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.”

Diversifing The Terror will give the show a longer lease on life while offering some much-needed dramatic oomph to AMC's lineup.