In a recent behind-the-scenes preview of The Terror, cast members and producers come together to give us a few story details. The premise of The Terror is based on a true story of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, as led by Sir John Franklin, on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. This all happened way back in 1845, so when the entire crew went missing, there was not exactly a forensic team dispatched to check it out.
Later on, in 2014, scientists did find the wreckage of HMS Erebus. Evidence, at this point, is up in the air and pure speculation with a little educated guesswork thrown in. What really happened probably had everything to do with British Navy officers being completely unprepared for Arctic winters and very little sun.
The Terror, however, is going to embellish the story to something far more exciting. Executive producer David Kajganich states that The Terror is “not necessarily a monster show.” There is more than one monster in The Terror and not all of them are literal. They are “a way of talking about how hubris can put you at odds with a culture.”
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Executive producer Soo Hugh adds to this, explaining that because there is so much truth to this story, “regardless of whether or not there was a monster,” the true horror lies in “true life experience.” The horror will be coming from conflicts between humans having to deal with a harsh environment from which there is no escape.
This crew could not turn back any more than they could go forward. Audiences will be able to put themselves in the situation, relate to what is happening to the crew, and understand the motivations behind the character’s violent actions, whatever they may be.
The Terror launches March 26, 2018 at 9pm on AMC.
Are you looking forward to this show? Do you like the direction they are going with the story? What do you think the supernatural element will be? What monsters will they see in the Arctic besides oddly fierce polar bears? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!