Last night Fox aired the season finale of The Strain, a vampiric horror and thriller drama based upon the popular book series by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The episode, titled “The Master”, featured a small cameo by Jones as one of the three “Ancients”. The Ancients were described by the character Quinlan as ‘beings of great honor, dignity, and power’. The scene featured Jones and two other performers in a massive room, blood splattered across the floor, their hands crossed over their chests in the mannerism the ancient Egyptians would commonly pose their mummies. Quinlan assured the character Gus that they were currently sleeping, but that The Master had broken an age old truce and as a result the Ancients wanted Gus to ‘massacre the unclean’ (the newly turned vampires that had taken over Manhattan). It was heavily hinted that the Ancients posed a serious threat to The Master, and that they would awaken and be featured prominently in the following season. (Yes, Fox has already given the green light for Season 2.) The Ancients play a major role in the second book of the series, The Fall. While the television series has not stayed entirely true to their literary companions, we can likely speculate that The Ancients will indeed return to shift the storyline in a big way.
Doug has mentioned that he would very much like to return to The Strain to play the Ancient character in more depth than just the silent cameo, but that fate all hinges upon his Falling Skies filming schedule. Doug is currently away in Canada filming the fifth and final season of Falling Skies as his intelligent alien warrior character, Cochise. It has been rumored that Doug was initially supposed to have a larger role during the premiere season of The Strain, but Doug was already committed to Falling Skies and the schedules conflicted. As a result, Doug was set to cameo in the finale instead. The same issue could arise a second time, as The Strain is set to begin filming their second season in Toronto in November. So, we shall just have to wait and see and cross our fingers!