The Terror TV Series Overview


The Terror is an American horror drama anthology television series.

The series is named after Dan Simmons’s 2007 novel, which serves as the basis for the first season. It premiered on 25 March 2018 on AMC. The second season, subtitled Infamy, premiered on 12 August 2019.

  • The first season was developed by David Kajganich and is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848. Featured in the cast are Jared Harris as Captain Francis Crozier, Tobias Menzies as Commander James Fitzjames, Paul Ready as Dr. Harry Goodsir, and Ciarán Hinds as Franklin.
  • The second season was co-created by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein and is mostly set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. It stars Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, Cristina Rodlo, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and George Takei.


Season 01

The series’ first season begins with the Royal Navy’s polar explorer ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror having recently left Beechey Island, heading south toward King William Island into uncharted territory, seeking the Northwest Passage. The ships are soon stuck, frozen and isolated, and those aboard must survive the harsh weather conditions and each other, while being stalked by an elusive menace.

Season 02

The second season takes place on the west coast of the United States during World War II and centres on the Japanese folklore of bakemono, an uncanny spectre that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.


Season 01

  • Main:
    • Jared Harris as Captain Francis Crozier, Captain HMS Terror.
    • Tobias Menzies as Commander James Fitzjames, Captain HMS Erebus.
    • Paul Ready as Dr. Harry Goodsir, Assistant Surgeon HMS Erebus.
    • Adam Nagaitis as Petty Officer Cornelius Hickey, Caulker’s Mate HMS Terror.
    • Ian Hart as Mr. Thomas Blanky, Ice Master HMS Terror.
    • Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence.
    • Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin.
  • Recurring special guest star:
    • Greta Scacchi as Lady Jane Franklin.
  • Recurring:
    • Trystan Gravelle as Mr. Henry Collins, Second (Ice) Master HMS Erebus.
    • Alfie Kingsnorth as David Young, Ship’s Boy HMS Erebus.
    • Ian Pirie as a translator.
    • Alistair Petrie as Dr. Stephan Stanley, Surgeon HMS Erebus.
    • Richard Sutton as Sir James Clark Ross.
    • David Walmsley as Sergeant Solomon Tozer, (Commanding Officer) Royal Marines HMS Terror.
    • Johnny Issaluk as a Netsilik hunter.
    • Tom Weston-Jones as Lieutenant Commander Graham Gore, First Lieutenant HMS Erebus.
    • Joe Hurst as Thomas Evans, Ship’s Boy HMS Terror.
    • Jack Colgrave Hirst as Seaman Thomas “Tom” Hartnell, Able Seaman HMS Erebus.
    • Freddie Greaves as Seaman William Strong, Able Seaman HMS Terror.
    • Mikey Collins as Robert Golding, Ship’s Boy HMS Terror.
    • Liam Garrigan as Petty Officer Thomas Jopson, Captain’s Steward HMS Terror.
    • Stephen Thompson as Seaman Magnus Manson, Able Seaman HMS Terror.
    • Charles Edwards as Dr. Alexander MacDonald, Assistant Surgeon HMS Terror.
    • Sebastian Armesto as Lieutenant Charles Des Voeux, Second Mate HMS Erebus.
    • Christos Lawton as Lieutenant George Hodgson, Second Lieutenant HMS Terror.
    • James Laurenson as Sir John Barrow.
    • Matthew McNulty as Lieutenant Commander Edward Little, First Lieutenant HMS Terror.
    • Ronan Raftery as Lieutenant John Irving, Third Lieutenant HMS Terror.
    • Chris Corrigan as Senior Petty Officer John Diggle, Head Cook HMS Terror.
    • Anthony Flanagan as Seaman John Morfin, Able Seaman HMS Erebus.
    • Sian Brooke as Sophia Cracroft.
    • Richard Riddell as Sergeant David Bryant, (Commanding Officer) Royal Marines, HMS Erebus.
    • Apayata Kotierk as a shaman, Lady Silence’s father.
    • Mike Kelly as Warrant Officer John Gregory, Engineer HMS Erebus.
    • Declan Hannigan as Lieutenant Henry Le Vesconte, Third Lieutenant HMS Erebus.
    • Kevin Guthrie as Senior Petty Officer Henry Peglar, Captain of the Foretop HMS Terror.
    • Vin Hawke as Sir George Barrow.
    • Edward Ashley as Petty Officer William Gibson, Subordinat Officers’ Steward HMS Terror.
    • John Lynch as Petty Officer John Bridgens, Subordiate Officers’ Steward HMS Erebus.
    • Owen Good as Seaman Charles Best, Able Seaman HMS Erebus.
    • Clive Russell as Sir John Ross.
    • Sam Rintoul as George Chambers, Ship’s Boy HMS Erebus.
    • Guy Faulkner as Seaman Samuel Crispe, Able Seaman HMS Terror.
    • Roderick Hill as Private William Heather, Royal Marines HMS Terror.
    • Aaron Jeffcoate as Private William Pilkington, Royal Marines HMS Erebus.
    • Charlie Kelly as Petty Officer Thomas Armitage, Gunroom Steward HMS Terror.
    • Edmund Short as Warrant Officer John Lane, Boatswain HMS Terror.

Season 02

  • Main:
    • Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama (born Taizo Tanabe).
    • Kiki Sukezane as Yuko Tanabe.
    • Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda.
    • Shingo Usami as Henry Nakayama.
    • Naoko Mori as Asako Nakayama.
    • Miki Ishikawa as Amy Yoshida.
    • George Takei as Nobuhiro Yamato.
  • Recurring:
    • Hira Ambrosino as Fumi Yoshida.
    • Eiji Inoue as Hideo Furuya.
    • James Saito as Wilson Yoshida.
    • Reilly Dolman as Marlon.
    • Lee Shorten as Walt Yoshida.
    • Alex Shimizu as Toshiro Furuya.
    • Yuta Takenaka as Genzo.
    • Camille Martinez as Miss Antoinette.
    • C. Thomas Howell as Major Hallowell Bowen.
    • Reed Diamond as Colonel Stallings.
    • Christopher Naoki Lee as Ken Uehura.
    • Aya Furukawa as Sachiko.
    • Matthew Smalley as MP Corporal Nessler.
    • Hiro Kanagawa as Dr. Kitamura.
    • Emi Kamito as Nurse Hasegawa.
    • Marcus Toji as Arthur Ogawa.
    • Clayton Chitty as MP Private Burlingham.
    • Ruben Garfias as Bart Ojeda.
    • William MacDonald as George Nicol.
    • Nathan Houle as MP Technical Sergeant Gimbel.
    • Naomi Simpson as Sister Agatha.
    • Alma Martinez as Rocío Trujillo.
    • Juana Lerma Juárez as Paula.
    • Hugo Ateo as Hector.
    • Mia García as Elena.
    • Pierce Kang as Jirou Tanabe.
    • Francisco Trujillo as Father Ysidro.
  • Notable guest stars:
    • Mayumi Yoshida as Shiori.
    • Peter Shinkoda as Leading Private Ishinabe.
    • Ted Cole as Major Van Allen.
    • Jorge Vargas as Deputy Cisneros.
    • Garry Chalk as Mr. Delaney.
    • Sab Shimono as Kazu.


Season 01

After the success of the show The Walking Dead, the American cable TV network AMC planned to create a horror TV series based on the novel The Terror. In March 2016, it was confirmed that AMC ordered 10 episodes of the show, with an expected premiere date in 2018.

David Kajganich and Soo Hugh serve as co-showrunners, while Kajganich penned the adaptation. Ridley Scott, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, David W. Zucker, and Guymon Casady are executive producers. In September 2016, it was announced that Tobias Menzies was cast as a series lead and the showrunners were seeking an Inuit woman, between the ages of 16 and 30, to play an unspecified ‘major character’, most likely Lady Silence.

Most of the scenes on the ice were made with CGI.

Season 02

The second season, titled The Terror: Infamy, is co-created by Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo, who also serves as the showrunner and consists of 10 episodes.

Derek Mio plays the lead role of Chester Nakayama, a son of Japanese born immigrants who joins the army. George Takei plays Yamato-san, a former fishing captain and community elder who was imprisoned with his family in two Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. Also cast are Kiki Sukezane as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past; Shingo Usami as Henry Nakayama, Chester’s father; and Naoko Mori as Asako Nakayama, Chester’s mother; and Miki Ishikawa as Amy, a Nakayama family friend. Takei also serves in a consulting role to ensure the accuracy of historical events and storytelling. C. Thomas Howell was cast as Retired Major Hallowell Bowen, an official with the War Relocation Authority whose “presence looms over the Japanese-American characters in the story.”

Josef Kubota Wladyka directed the first two episodes of the season. Production began on 14 January 2019, in Vancouver.

Season 03

In January 2020, it was reported by that AMC president Sarah Barnett had expressed interest in renewing The Terror for a third season and that AMC and Scott Free Productions were discussing plot ideas.


The first season premiered on AMC in the United States and Canada on 25 March 2018, and concluded on 21 May 2018. It was released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video in every other country where the service is present (except Canada, the UK and some Middle Eastern countries) starting 26 March 2018. Amazon released most of the first season ahead of its broadcast on AMC. In the United Kingdom, The Terror premiered on AMC on 24 April 2018.


Both season 01 and 02 received positive reviews from critics.


  • Season 01:
    • At one point near the end of the shoot when the still uniformed cast, looking like walking cadavers, were being shuttled back to their hotel as night began to fall, they came upon a 2-car accident and rushed to help the severely injured motorists.
      • Unaware of how hideous they appeared in their costumes, as they reached out to assist the injured, they were met with screams of terror from the motorists who actually believed that these ghostly figures were their ancestors who’d come to help them cross over.
    • This was originally envisaged as a theatrical release with David Fincher directing.
    • Captain Francis Crozier is from Banbridge, Northern Ireland where a statue of him stands in the town centre.
    • Based on Dan Simmons – The Terror, which in turn is based on the true story of the fateful Franklin journey to find the Northwest Passage across the Arctic.
    • The production had thought it would be necessary to refrigerate the sound stage to simulate arctic conditions in Budapest, but it was so cold there they didn’t need to in the end.
    • Co-creator Soo Hugh was adamant on making sure the Inuit characters in season 1 were depicted sensitively, noting that the British and other Western cultures did not believe their stories as witnesses to the Franklin expedition, even though history ultimately proved them to be true.
      • One notable change in this regard between the book and the series is that the show literally gave Lady Silence a voice for the first half of the season, whereas in the books she is entirely non-verbal.
    • Ciaran Hinds and Tobias Menzies also worked together on the HBO hit show Rome (2005-2007) and Game of Thrones (2011-2019) though in Game of Thrones they did not share any scenes.
    • The HMS (Her Majesty’s Ship) Erebus was discovered in 2014 and The HMS Terror was discovered in its entirety and in “incredibly good condition” in 2016 by Arctic Research Teams just before the premiere of AMC The Terror in March of 2018.
      • AMC’s president responded publicly by stating ” I congratulate the researchers find, however, apparently they never heard of a spoiler alert!”
    • In the opening credits, each of character’s faces dissolve, showing hints of skull of underneath. Crozier, however does not have the skull effect, showing he will be the lone survivor.
    • In the novel, the mysterious menace is in fact a demon called the Tuunbaq, which has been fighting Eskimos for centuries.
  • Season 02:
    • Japanese Terms :
      • Bakemono – ghost.
      • Hakujin – white person.
      • Gaiyo (darker fluid) – outline.
      • Toki (lighter fluid) – moment.
      • Yurei – Japanese term that has several meanings like Dim Soul / Faint Spirit and is a word that is used when talking of Ghosts and Spirits. It also means wandering spirit.
      • Choji – Words of condolence, which may include the reading of telegrams, eulogy, or remembrances are often given at the funeral service.
      • Howa – Dharma Talk, The Howa is the message given by the minister.
      • Sutra – A concise verse or scripture within Hinduism and Buddhism.
      • Gaman – persevere
      • Ofuda – talisman or amulet issued by a Shinto shrine.
    • To convincingly portray someone going through starvation, Adam Nagaitis went on a ultra-low-calorie vegan diet.
      • He became so gaunt his body started consuming its own organs and he was forced to start eating more calories by adding meat back.
    • The subtitle of the second season, “Infamy” may derive from Franklin D. Roosevelt famous speech on Pearl Harbour “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval forces of Japan.”
    • Executive Order 9066 – United States presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942 which authorised the removal and relocation of persons of Japanese, German, and Italian Ancestry.
    • As shown, questions 27 and 28 on the loyalty questionnaire caused great issues among internees. There was such controversy, that there was a revision to the questions although it did not completely remove the issues regarding the questions. Of the 75,000 people that answered, about 6,700 answered no to both 27 and 28.
      • Question 27 – Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty, wherever ordered?
      • Question 28 – Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any and all attacks by foreign and domestic forces, and forswear any form of allegiance or disobedience to the Japanese Emperor, or any other foreign government, power, or organisation ? (Eventually it was revised to, Will you swear to abide by the laws of the United States and to take no action which would in anyway interfere with the war effort of the United States ?)

The Terror Series

  • The Terror: Season 03 (?2021):
    • Under consideration.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Tim Mielants … (4 episodes, 2018).
    • Edward Berger … (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Sergio Mimica-Gezzan … (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Michael Lehmann … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Frederick E.O. Toye … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Josef Kubota Wladyka … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Toa Fraser … (1 episode, 2019).
    • Everardo Gout … (1 episode, 2019).
    • Lily Mariye … (1 episode, 2019).
    • Meera Menon … (1 episode, 2019).
  • Producer(s):
    • Guymon Casady … executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Scott Lambert … executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Alexandra Milchan … executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Martin Salgo … associate producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Ridley Scott … executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Jordan Sheehan … co-executive producer / executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • David W. Zucker … executive producer (20 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Howard Ellis … producer: Hungary (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Robyn-Alain Feldman … producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Adam Goodman … producer: Hungary (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Soo Hugh … executive producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • David Kajganich … executive producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Jessica Lubben … associate producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Dan Simmons … executive producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Chris Thompson … co-executive producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Gina Welch … co-producer (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Lawren Bancroft-Wilson … co-producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Max Borenstein … executive producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Ben Brafman … co-producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Warren Carr … co-producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Mitch Engel … producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Shannon Goss … co-executive producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Tony Tost … co-executive producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Alexander Woo … executive producer (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Tim Mielants … co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2018).
    • Edward Berger … executive producer (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Sergio Mimica-Gezzan … co-executive producer (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Josef Kubota Wladyka … co-executive producer (1 episode, 2019).
    • Erika Milutin … line producer Croatia (uncredited) / line producer croatia (uncredited) (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s):
    • Andres Fischer-Centeno … (10 episodes, 2018).
    • David Kajganich … (writer) (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Josh Parkinson … (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Dan Simmons … (based on novel) (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Vinnie Wilhelm … (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Max Borenstein … (developed by) (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Steven Hanna … (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Naomi Iizuka … (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Alexander Woo … (developed by) (10 episodes, 2019).
    • Soo Hugh … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Shannon Goss … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Tony Tost … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Gina Welch … (1 episode, 2018).
    • Alessandra DiMona … (1 episode, 2019).
    • Benjamin Klein … (1 episode, 2019).
    • Danielle Roderick … (1 episode, 2019).
  • Music:
    • Marcus Fjellström … (10 episodes, 2018).
    • Mark Korven … (10 episodes, 2019).
  • Cinematography:
    • John Conroy … (6 episodes, 2019).
    • Frank van den Eeden … (4 episodes, 2018).
    • Barry Donlevy … (4 episodes, 2019).
    • Kolja Brandt … (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Florian Hoffmeister … (3 episodes, 2018).
  • Editor(s):
    • Tim Murrell … (4 episodes, 2018).
    • Christopher Nelson … (4 episodes, 2019).
    • Daniel Greenway … (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Andrew MacRitchie … (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Jamie Alain … (3 episodes, 2019).
    • Kye Meechan … (3 episodes, 2019).
    • Justin Li … (2 episodes, 2019).
    • Bob Dewald … (1 episode, 2019).
  • Production:
    • American Movie Classics (AMC) (presents) (as AMC).
    • Scott Free Productions.
    • Entertainment 360.
    • EMJAG Productions.
    • AMC Studios.
    • Aquatic Wonders (Season 2) (as Aquatic Wonders, Inc.).
  • Distributor(s):
    • American Movie Classics (AMC) (2018) (USA) (TV).
    • Amazon Prime Video (2018) (Germany) (video) (VOD).
    • Amazon Prime Video (2018) (Italy) (video) (VOD).
    • Amazon Prime Video (2018) (Netherlands) (video) (VOD).
    • Amazon Prime Video (2019) (Singapore) (video).
  • Release Date:
    • Season 01: 25 March 2018 to 21 May 2018.
    • Season 02: 12 August 2019 to 14 October 2019.
  • Running Time: 40-56 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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