I’ve not read the STRAIN novels by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. I made a deliberate decision when I chose to delve into the TV series that I didn’t want to know ahead of time what was going to happen. I wanted to experience everything fresh, not knowing where the story was going. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried. The television series has proven that it is its own unique, self-contained reality, and that it assuredly is NOT following the chronology of the books. If any suspicions along those lines persisted, they were squashed by the season two finale wherein Nora was killed off. My understanding is that in the books she survives. Also, there is no Dutch character in the books, right? I can safely read the novels now and enjoy them as an alternate reality, a “parallel time” adventure, to look at it in a DARK SHADOWS kind of way.
Even so, I both fear and hope there might be hints in the novels as to what will become of certain characters and subplots. I confess that I did consult the novels last night, because I wanted to see if Quinlan was killed off, worried that he might also be nixed in the series. Knowing full well the series doesn’t have to adhere to the original storyline, it nevertheless would offer a little comfort to me and all the other Quinlan marks if he made it all the way through the three novels. Sure, Nora did, and then she DIDN’T in the TV show, but I’m grasping at straws, here. They CAN’T get rid of Quinlan!