Nearly a year ago, and just four weeks into The Strain‘s sophomore season, FX announced it had picked up the horror drama for a third season. It’s returning August 28 at 10 PM.

Strain Season 2 Renewed

The thriller, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, is based on the best-selling The Strain Trilogy that del Toro wrote with Chuck Hogan. “Guillermo and Carlton have delivered two thrilling seasons of The Strain that are captivating and visually arresting, doing justice to the original novel trilogy and meeting fans’ high expectations in the process,” FX’s Eric Schrier said in making that S3-pickup announcement.

In the series’ second season, New York City was falling to an evil epidemic — as opposed to a good epidemic. Season 3 picks up with NYC as a battleground that has been written off by the federal government, leaving the locals to fight the strigoi for survival on their own. Meanwhile, the Master is close to executing an irreversible transformation of the world, which only sounds like a metaphor for the presidential race.

The Strain’s ensemble cast includes Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío. The series hails from showrunner/executive producer/writer Cuse, along with co-creators/executive producers/writers del Toro and Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle and Regina Corrado serve as executive producers. FX Productions is the studio.