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The Terror
Based onThe Terror
by Dan Simmons
Developed byDavid Kajganich
Composer(s)Marcus Fjellström
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Robyn-Alain Feldman
Production location(s)Budapest, Hungary
Island of Pag, Croatia
  • Tim Murrell
  • Andrew MacRitchie
  • Daniel Greenway
Running time42–56 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorAMC Networks
Original networkAMC
Original releaseMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) –
External links

The Terror is an American horror drama anthology television series for AMC. The first season was developed by David Kajganich based on the 2007 Dan Simmons novel of the same name.[2][3][4] The series premiered on March 25, 2018, and is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin's lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848. The first season cast includes Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds.

In June 2018, AMC renewed the series for a ten-episode second season to premiere in 2019.[5] The second season was developed by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein and is titled The Terror: Infamy. The season is set in a Japanese interment camp during World War II and the cast includes Derek Mio and George Takei.[6]


The series 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.




Special guest star[edit]


Season 1[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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 16–30, to play an unspecified 'major character', most likely Lady Silence.[16][17]

Most of the scenes on the ice were made with CGI.[18]

Season 2[edit]

The second season, titled The Terror: Infamy is co-created by Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo, who will also be the showrunner. The series will return in 2019 with 10 episodes. It will take place on the west coast of the United States during World War II, and according to the press release, "center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific".[19]

Derek Mio will play the lead role of Chester Nakayama, a son of Japanese born immigrants who joins the army.[20] George Takei will play 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 will also serve in a consulting role to ensure the accuracy of historical events and storytelling.[21]

Josef Kubota Wladyka will direct the first two episodes of the season.[22] Production began on January 14, 2019, in Vancouver.[6]


No.Title [23]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [23]Amazon Video release[a]U.S. viewers
1"Go for Broke"Edward BergerDavid KajganichMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)[b]March 26, 20183.34[24]

A title card informs the viewer that Sir John Franklin's Arctic expedition was never seen again. In the opening sequence, James Ross is speaking to a Netsilik man in an igloo who encountered the expedition's last survivors, under the leadership of Captain Francis Crozier, and informs Ross they were being pursued south by a creature called "Tuunbaq" and are now "dead and gone."

Four years earlier, in September 1846, Captain Sir John Franklin's Royal Navy expedition aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are attempting the first crossing of the Northwest Passage in the Arctic Archipelago. The expedition runs into difficulty when a collision with an iceberg damages Erebus's propeller. Francis Crozier, captain of the Terror and second-in-command of the expedition, becomes concerned about becoming stranded in the pack ice above the Arctic Circle through winter, and recommends to Captain Franklin that they shift all men from Erebus to Terror and steam south aboard Terror to avoid becoming trapped in winter ice. Franklin overrules Crozier's concerns and presses the expedition further into the Passage in the belief that the ships can complete transit before the onset of thick ice. Before the ships can reach open water, however, they become frozen and trapped.
2"Gore"Edward BergerSoo HughMarch 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)March 27, 20181.39[25]
In June 1847, after a winter stranded in the ice, Erebus and Terror remain stuck. Sir John sends out parties to find leads (open water passages) through the ice. The party that treks east finds nothing, but the party heading to the west travels into dangerous territory and accidentally shoots an Inuit man, mistaking him for a polar bear. As the men scramble to rescue the Inuit man, a massive, unseen creature kills their officer. The surviving men from the expedition to the west return with the wounded Inuit man and his companion, an Inuit woman. The man is a powerful shaman and she is his daughter, and he tells her in their own language that he is dying and that after his death she must control the "Tuunbaq." After the Inuit man dies of his wounds, the British apologize to the woman, whom they call "Lady Silence" because she refuses to speak to them, for killing him.
3"The Ladder"Sergio Mimica-GezzanGina WelchApril 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)April 3, 20181.11[26]
The British bury the Inuit man in the sea through a hole in the ice, and Lady Silence sets out alone on foot to return to her people. Captains Franklin and Crozier had once been friends, but in England Franklin had denied Crozier permission to propose marriage to his niece, and Franklin's refusal to admit that his orders had resulted in the ships becoming trapped causes their relationship to deteriorate further. They angrily debate their crews' future and disagree sharply about Crozier's suggestion that they send out a party on foot to seek help. Franklin joins a group of armed Royal Marines who have set a hunting blind for the creature, but it ambushes the group, killing a marine and Franklin, who drowns after the creature tears off his leg and tosses him into the hole in the ice where the British had buried the Inuit man. Elsewhere, alone in an igloo, Lady Silence hears the creature outside and finds that it has left her a seal carcass to eat.
4"Punished, as a Boy"Edward BergerDavid KajganichApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)April 3, 20181.17[27]
By November 1847, as the creature continues to kill members of the British expedition, the crews of Erebus and Terror begin to consider it supernatural. One man, Petty Officer Cornelius Hickey, leads an unauthorised expedition to abduct Lady Silence, bringing her back to the ships in the belief that she is controlling the creature. When Hickey disputes Crozier's reprimand during a debriefing, Crozier orders him subject to a more severe lashing than his fellow abductors, ordering him to be "punished as a boy" (whipped across the buttocks rather than the back). An increasingly alcoholic Crozier announces to Terror's crew an opportunity to transfer to Erebus due to Terror's precarious location on a fault in the ice, and all but ten of Terror's crew depart for Erebus.
5"First Shot a Winner, Lads"Sergio Mimica-GezzanJosh ParkinsonApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)April 3, 20180.91[28]
The Erebus' naval surgeon's mate, Dr Goodsir, speaks with Lady Silence in an effort to learn her language, but has little success learning about the nature of the creature other than its name, the "Tuunbaq." Crozier becomes temperamental as his liquor supplies run out, and sends his first lieutenant to pilfer bottles of whiskey from the private stores of Captain Fitzjames aboard Erebus. The Tuunbaq, revealed as a polar bear-like creature with vaguely human facial features, attacks Terror and pursues her ice master, Thomas Blanky, up one of the ship's masts, mauling his leg so severely that it later requires amputation. The men manage to wound the creature with a cannon and it flees, and Lady Silence escapes during the commotion. Crozier resolves to go sober, delegating command of both ships to Commander James Fitzjames while he suffers through alcohol withdrawal.
6"A Mercy"Sergio Mimica-GezzanVinnie WilhelmApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)April 10, 20180.92[29]
January 1848 finds the ships still trapped in the ice. Now in charge of both Terror and Erebus, Fitzjames plans to abandon the ships and lead the men back to civilization on foot. Master Blanky advises him to soften the blow of this news, so he organizes a carnival on the ice, reasoning that they have more food and drink than they will be able to carry. Dr. Goodsir discerns that the poorly-soldered tins of food on the ships are giving the men lead poisoning and attempts to warn the Erebus' surgeon, Dr. Stanley, who appears to brush the news off. After weeks of withdrawal, Crozier recovers in time to visit Fitzjames' carnival, and is disturbed by the breakdown in naval discipline. Crozier announces the plan to travel south overland to Fort Resolution, but is interrupted by a mentally unhinged Dr. Stanley, who takes steps to trap the men in the carnival before setting fire to himself and the tents, killing himself and many other men.
7"Horrible from Supper"Tim MielantsAndres Fischer-CentenoApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)April 10, 20180.97[30]
On April 22, 1848, Crozier gives the order to abandon both ships. The men soon depart on foot, and along the way a patrol discovers that a party sent ahead of them the day after Sir John's death was massacred only eighteen miles from the ships. Crozier chooses to keep this from the men, along with the knowledge of the lead poisoning learned from Goodsir. Hickey becomes aware of the bad tins and begins plotting a mutiny. While hunting for game, Hickey, Lieutenant Irving, and a petty officer come across a hunting party of friendly Netsilik, who provide Irving with seal meat. Hickey then murders both Irving and the petty officer.
8"Terror Camp Clear"Tim MielantsDavid KajganichMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)April 10, 20180.86[31]
Off-screen, Hickey tells another hunting party of Irving and the petty officer's death, claiming they were killed by the Netsilik; the other party kills the Netsilik family in retaliation. After they return to camp a fog rolls in, stoking the men's paranoia about a surprise Netsilik attack. Hickey and his accomplice, Royal Marine Sergeant Tozer, open the camp's armoury and distribute weapons without Crozier's permission. Crozier has Goodsir conduct an autopsy on Lieutenant Irving, sees that he had recently eaten seal meat, and discerns that Hickey was responsible for the deaths and is planning a mutiny. He sentences Hickey and Tozer to hang, but the execution is interrupted by a sudden attack by the Tuunbaq, which throws the camp into pandemonium. The Tuunbaq kills many men while Hickey and Tozer rally the mutineers, steal supplies and a sled, and disappear into the fog.
9"The C, the C, the Open C"Tim MielantsSoo HughMay 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)April 10, 20180.78[32]
Hickey and his men set up camp and, after the death of one of their own, openly engage in cannibalism. Dr. Goodsir, abducted by Hickey's men, is forced to participate. Captain Crozier and his men are malnourished and dying of lead poisoning, and Captain Fitzjames expires along with many others. Master Blanky's leg stump becomes gangrenous, and he volunteers to lure the Tuunbaq away from the rest of the survivors. In the process, he accidentally stumbles across the Northwest Passage just before the Tuunbaq finds him. Later, Hickey's men kidnap Captain Crozier in an ambush.
10"We Are Gone"Tim MielantsDavid KajganichMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)April 10, 20180.79[33]
Captain Crozier is brought to Hickey's camp. Knowing that Hickey's men will eat him, Dr. Goodsir poisons himself in an attempt to poison the entire group. He informs Crozier of this, advising Crozier that if he is forced to join in the cannibalism, to only eat the soles of Goodsir′s feet. The Tuunbaq, although injured, returns and kills Hickey and his men, but itself dies in the process of ingesting their poisoned bodies. Crozier is the only survivor of the Tuunbaq′s attack, and Lady Silence soon arrives on the scene and rescues him. While traveling with her, Crozier learns that the rest of his men have died. He adapts to the Inuit way of life. Following Inuit custom, Lady Silence, whose name is revealed to be Silna, is exiled for having "lost Tuunbaq." When members of a British search party land two years later in September 1850, Crozier conceals himself from them and instructs the Inuit leader to tell them that everyone from the expedition is dead, that there is no Northwest Passage, and that they should not return. After eavesdropping on the conversation, Crozier departs to hunt seal.


The series premiered on AMC in the United States and Canada on March 25, 2018, and concluded on May 21, 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 March 26, 2018. Amazon released most of the first season ahead of its broadcast on AMC. In the United Kingdom, The Terror premiered on AMC on April 24, 2018.[34]


Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 95% based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 8.58/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A thriller wrapped in a prestige drama package, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror."[35] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 76 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[36]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Go for Broke" March 25, 2018 1.3 3.34[24] 0.5 1.03 1.8 4.37[37]
2 "Gore" March 26, 2018 0.4 1.39[25] 0.3 1.12 0.7 2.51[38]
3 "The Ladder" April 2, 2018 0.3 1.11[26] 0.3 1.07 0.6 2.18[39]
4 "Punished, as a Boy" April 9, 2018 0.3 1.17[27] 0.3 1.04 0.6 2.22[40]
5 "First Shot a Winner, Lads" April 16, 2018 0.2 0.91[28] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "A Mercy" April 23, 2018 0.2 0.92[29] 0.3 0.86 0.5 1.78[41]
7 "Horrible from Supper" April 30, 2018 0.2 0.97[30] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Terror Camp Clear" May 7, 2018 0.2 0.86[31] 0.2 0.81 0.4 1.67[42]
9 "The C, the C, the Open C" May 14, 2018 0.2 0.78[32] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "We Are Gone" May 21, 2018 0.2 0.79[33] 0.2 0.75 0.4 1.54[43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
23rd Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Genre The Terror Won [44][45]
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Jared Harris Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Paul Ready Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nive Nielsen Nominated
17th Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Frank Petzold, Lenka Líkařová, Viktor Muller, Pedro Sabrosa for "Go For Broke" Nominated [46]


  1. ^ Released in every country where the service is present except the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  2. ^ This episode was shown as a special preview on March 25, 2018, and then aired its official premiere on March 26, 2018.


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