The Terror: Infamy – Historical horror returns to shine a light on dark moment in US past

The Terror is returning to BBC Two for a second season with a new setting, a new cast and a new supernatural twist on a true story. Here's all you need to know about The Terror: Infamy.

By Rhys Lewis Published: 9 May 2022 - 3.29pm
BBC/AMC/Maxine Helfman The cast of The Terror: Infamy

The critically acclaimed anthology series The Terror, which reimagined the story behind the disappearance of a Victorian polar expedition, is returning to BBC Two with a brand new story in a brand new setting.

Season 2, subtitled ‘Infamy’, moves forward into 20th century America and will centre on the bakemono, a spectre from Japanese folklore that follows an Asian American fishing community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps of World War II.

The Terror: Infamy is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla).

An all-new cast includes Derek Mio, George Takei, Naoko Mori and Kiki Sukezane.

The 10-part drama begins with a double-header at 9pm on Friday 6 May on BBC Two. Two new episodes will be released every Friday, or you can already watch the whole series on BBC iPlayer.

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What happens in The Terror season 2?

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Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful, second season of the horror-infused anthology, The Terror: Infamy centres on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese American community, and young photographer Chester’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. 

Beyond the supernatural element, the series records how hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans – many of whom were born in the US – were sent to internment camps on the orders of President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the Japanese navy’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Who's in the cast of The Terror: Infamy?

Miki Ishikawa and Naoko Mori in The Terror: Infamy BBC/AMC/Ed Araquel

The Terror: Infamy features a cast of accomplished Japanese American actors.

  • Derek Mio (Greek) as Chester Nakayama, a young photographer
  • Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past
  • Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala) as Luz, Chester’s secret girlfriend
  • Shingo Usami (Unbroken) as Henry Nakayama, Chester's father
  • Miki Ishikawa (9-1-1), above left, as Amy, a Nakayama family friend
  • Naoko Mori (Everest) as Asako Nakayama, Chester’s mother
  • George Takei (Star Trek), below, as Yamato-san, a community elder and former fishing captain.
George Takei in The Terror: Infamy BBC/AMC/Ed Araquel

Takei originally came on board as a consultant before being persuaded to join the cast. As a young child, California-born Takei was imprisoned in an internment camp and has long campaigned to raise awareness of what he calls “a dark, shameful chapter of American history”.

His experiences bring a vital authenticity to the series, as the Star Trek actor would recall finer details – plates that were too new, cooks’ uniforms too neat – which would be tweaked to make the camp as realistic as possible.

As filming continued, Woo discovered that it wasn’t only Takei who had a personal connection with the internment camps.

“We did count in fact there were 138 immediate relatives of our cast and crew who were interned, so there were even background actors who felt that they were walking in the literal footsteps of their parents and grandparents,” said the showrunner.

The Terror: Infamy - where's it filmed?

Derek Mio in The Terror: Infamy BBC/AMC/Ed Araquel

Despite being set in California, the show was actually filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Filming started in January 2019. The show was originally aired on AMC on BT TV in the UK in the winter of 2019.

Is there a trailer for The Terror: Infamy?

Yes, you can watch the full trailer for The Terror: Infamy below.

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Does The Terror: Infamy have a link to the first season of The Terror?

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Season 1 of The Terror added a supernatural element to the true story of the lost Franklin Expedition

The story of The Terror: Infamy has no connection with the first season – the new series has a brand new cast, totally different setting and new showrunners.

What they do have in common is that they take a historical event as inspiration for a chilling story partly based on ancient folklore.

The success of the first season, which starred Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciaran Hinds and Paul Ready as the doomed seamen, led to AMC Studios expanding The Terror into an anthology series by taking another historical event and adding in an element of the supernatural.

“The Terror has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.

“We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show's combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work

“We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein.”

The Terror: Infamy BBC/AMC/Ed Araquel

Woo said that as well as conjuring up a supernatural thriller, he was looking forward to telling the true story of a moment in time which remains a blemish on US history. “I'm deeply honoured to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period," he 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.

“As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it’s clear that truth is always scarier than fiction.

“This season of The Terror uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation’s history. The Japanese American internment is a blemish on the nation’s conscience — and one with dire resonance to current events.

“I’m thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV.”

When is The Terror: Infamy on TV?

The 10-part drama begins with a double-header at 9pm on Friday 6 May on BBC Two. Two new episodes will be released every Friday afterwards, or you can already watch the whole series on BBC iPlayer.