Black Summer is an American streaming television series created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams. It is a spinoff of Z Nation. The first season, consisting of eight episodes, was released on Netflix on April 11, 2019. The series is produced by The Asylum, the same production company behind Z Nation, and is written and directed primarily by Hyams, with Abram Cox writing and directing additional episodes. Jaime King stars in the lead role as Rose, a mother who is separated from her daughter during the earliest and deadliest days of a zombie apocalypse. The series garnered moderate approval from critics. Many of the filming locations are around and within Calgary, Alberta.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||21–58 minutes|
|Distributor||The Asylum Distribution|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||April 11, 2019 –|
June 17, 2021
Six weeks after the start of the zombie apocalypse, Rose (Jaime King) is separated from her daughter, Anna, and she embarks on a harrowing journey to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of refugees in North America, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of the apocalypse.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Jaime King as Rose, a mother who is separated from her daughter during the earliest and deadliest days of a zombie apocalypse
- Justin Chu Cary as Julius James (season 1–2), a criminal who took the identity of "Spears", the name of the soldier he killed
- Christine Lee as Ooh "Sun" Kyungsun, a Korean woman who is looking for her missing mother
- Kelsey Flower as Lance (season 1; guest season 2), a young survivor with no family
- Sal Velez Jr as William Velez (season 1), a pole lineman who has a sister and children in Texas
- Erika Hau as Carmen (season 1),[a] Manny's girlfriend
- Gwynyth Walsh as Barbara Watson (season 1),[a] a woman who has survived without her husband and is not sure he is alive
- Mustafa Alabssi as Ryan (season 1),[a] a deaf survivor
- Edsson Morales as Manny (season 1),[a] Carmen's boyfriend
- Zoe Marlett as Anna (season 2; recurring season 1), Rose and Patrick's daughter
- Nyren B Evelyn as Earl (season 1), a mysterious survivor who saves Rose and Spears
- Stafford Perry as Phil (season 1), a social Darwinist travelling with Carmen and Manny
- Christian Fraser as Marvin (season 1), a man traveling with Carmen, Manny and Phil
- Nathaniel Arcand as Governale (season 1), a soldier
- Tom Carey as Bronk (season 1), a soldier
- Bobby Naderi as Ray Nazeri (season 2), a former police officer leading his own group
- Manuel Rodriguez-Saenz as Boone (season 2), a talkative man who knows the mountain area
- G. Michael Gray as Freddy (season 2), a man whose family encounters Rose and Anna
- Dakota Daulby as Sonny (season 2), Freddy's aggressive younger brother
- Brenda Robins as Freddy and Sonny's mother (season 2)
- Travis Friesen as Mark (season 2), a man in contact with a plane which drops supplies
- Kumiko Konishi as Rhonda (season 2), Mark’s wife
- Linda Kee as Sophie (season 2), a member of a group in conflict with Nazeri's group who later joins Nazeri
- Jesse Lipscombe as Mance (season 2), a member of Sophie's group
- Chantelle Han as Jase (season 2), a member of Sophie's group
- Elaine Yang as Natalie (season 2) a member of Sophie's group
- Duff Zayonce as Sam (season 2), a member of Nazeri's group who encounters Sophie's group
- Joe Perry as a member of Nazeri's group (season 2)
- Owen Crow Shoe as a member of Sophie's group (season 2)
- Andrew Misle, Cliff Liknes and John Dylan Louie (season 2) as members of another group which comes into conflict with Nazeri
- Ty Olsson as Patrick ("Human Flow" season 1), Rose's husband and Anna's father
- Lonni Olson as Ben ("Human Flow" season 1), a man who meets Barbara on the road
- David Haysom as Spears ("Human Flow" season 1), a soldier
- Bechir Sylvain as Braithwaite ("White Horse" season 2), a man who knew Spears before the apocalypse
- Daniel Diemer as Luke ("Cold War" season 2), an acquaintance of Sophie who encounters Lance
- James Yi as The Pilot ("The Plane" season 2), the pilot of the plane which drops supplies
|1||8||April 11, 2019|
|2||8||June 17, 2021|
Season 1 (2019)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original|
release date 
|1||1||"Human Flow"||John Hyams||Karl Schaefer |
& John Hyams
|April 11, 2019|
|2||2||"Drive"||John Hyams||John Hyams||April 11, 2019|
|3||3||"Summer School"||Abram Cox||Abram Cox||April 11, 2019|
|4||4||"Alone"||Abram Cox||Abram Cox||April 11, 2019|
|5||5||"Diner"||John Hyams||John Hyams||April 11, 2019|
|6||6||"Heist"||Abram Cox||Abram Cox||April 11, 2019|
|7||7||"The Tunnel"||John Hyams||Daniel Schaefer||April 11, 2019|
|8||8||"The Stadium"||John Hyams||John Hyams||April 11, 2019|
Season 2 (2021)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|9||1||"The Cold"||John Hyams||John Hyams||June 17, 2021|
|10||2||"Prelude"||Abram Cox||Karl Schaefer |
& Daniel Schaefer
|June 17, 2021|
|11||3||"Card Game"||John Hyams||Sarah Sellman||June 17, 2021|
|12||4||"Cold War"||Abram Cox||Abram Cox||June 17, 2021|
|13||5||"White Horse"||John Hyams||Henry G.M. Jones||June 17, 2021|
|14||6||"Currency"||Abram Cox||Jen Derwingson-Peacock||June 17, 2021|
|15||7||"The Lodge"||John Hyams||Abram Cox||June 17, 2021|
|16||8||"The Plane"||Abram Cox||Karl Schaefer||June 17, 2021|
Connection to Z NationEdit
The connection between Black Summer and its parent series takes a similar approach as the original relationship between Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead, as there are no plans for any of the characters from Z Nation to appear in the companion prequel series. Z Nation actor DJ Qualls revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that the Syfy series takes place "quite a long time" after the events of Black Summer, making him feel that the cast is "too old" for a crossover to work. The series do share "most to all of [their] writing, directing, and producing staff" as well as a production company, The Asylum. The show's starring actress, Jaime King, has said that the two series have "nothing to do with" each other.
- Credited only in the episodes they appeared in.
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