Season 1: In 1847-8, the crew of a real life Royal Naval expedition (later known as Franklin's expedition) led by three captains, Sir John Franklin, Francis Crozier and James Fitzjames, is sent to find the Arctic's fabled treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous polar bear-like predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival. However, it soon becomes clear that that's just the beginning of their troubles. As things worsen and civilized behavior disintegrates in favor of survival at any cost, the crew must simultaneously battle the elements, the supernatural and eventually - themselves. The captains' only ally in all of this becomes a mute Inuit woman, who lives as an outcast from her tribe but still follows their old animistic religion. Season 2 (titled "Infamy") follows the inhabitants of the L.A. - based Terminal Island camp for Japanese Americans during WWII and a string of brutal deaths caused by a ...
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According to David Kajganich
, the show was always pitched as an anthology series, however the original idea was to create 5 seasons, all linked by being set in the Arctic. "We were going to tell a kind of haunted house story about the Arctic using this piece of land and this mythology as a kind of a constant presence, but subvert it every season. So the first season was to be about the Franklin expedition, the second season was to be about one of the rescue expeditions - probably the John Rae expedition - then it was going to move into the 1950s, then it was going to move into the '80s and then to present." When Kajganich declined to come back for a second season, it freed up more opportunities as an anthology series that didn't have to be linked by the Arctic setting. See more