Black Summer (TV series)

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Black Summer
Black Summer (TV series) Title Card.jpg
Created by
Based on
Z Nation
  • Karl Schaefer
  • Craig Engler
ComposerAlec Puro
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Karl Schaefer
  • John Hyams
  • Craig Engler
  • David Rimawi
  • David Michael Latt
  • Paul Bales
  • Abram Cox
  • Jodi Binstock
  • Steve Graham
  • Jason Wan Lim
  • Linda Rogers-Ambury
  • Jaime King
  • Yaron Levy
  • Spiro Grant
  • Andrew Drazek
  • Chris Bragg
Running time21–58 minutes
Production companies
  • The Asylum
  • Go2 Digital Media (season 1)
  • Unreality Incorporated (season 1)
  • One Dog Day Productions (season 2)
DistributorThe Asylum Distribution
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11) –
June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)

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.

In November 2019, Netflix renewed the series for an eight-episode second season, which was released on June 17, 2021.[1][2]


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 characters[edit]


  • 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


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
28June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal
release date [3]
11"Human Flow"John HyamsKarl Schaefer
& John Hyams
April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
22"Drive"John HyamsJohn HyamsApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
33"Summer School"Abram CoxAbram CoxApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
44"Alone"Abram CoxAbram CoxApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
55"Diner"John HyamsJohn HyamsApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
66"Heist"Abram CoxAbram CoxApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
77"The Tunnel"John HyamsDaniel SchaeferApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
88"The Stadium"John HyamsJohn HyamsApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
91"The Cold"John HyamsJohn HyamsJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
102"Prelude"Abram CoxKarl Schaefer
& Daniel Schaefer
June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
113"Card Game"John HyamsSarah SellmanJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
124"Cold War"Abram CoxAbram CoxJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
135"White Horse"John HyamsHenry G.M. JonesJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
146"Currency"Abram CoxJen Derwingson-PeacockJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
157"The Lodge"John HyamsAbram CoxJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
168"The Plane"Abram CoxKarl SchaeferJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)

Connection to Z Nation[edit]

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.[3] 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.[5] The series do share "most to all of [their] writing, directing, and producing staff" as well as a production company, The Asylum.[6][3] The show's starring actress, Jaime King, has said that the two series have "nothing to do with" each other.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Credited only in the episodes they appeared in.


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2019). "'Black Summer' Starring Jaime King Renewed for Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Cordero, Rosy (May 19, 2021). "Here's What's Coming to Netflix in June: Lupin, Elite, The Big Lebowski, and More". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Moore, Kasey (January 27, 2019). "Black Summer Season 1 : Everything to know about the Netflix Z Nation Prequel". What’s On Netflix. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Cordero, Rosy (May 19, 2021). "Here's what's coming to Netflix in June: Lupin, Elite, The Big Lebowski, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  5. ^ Rawden, Jessica (July 21, 2018). "What We Know So Far About Z Nation's Netflix Prequel". CinemaBlend. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2018). "'Z Nation' Spinoff Starring Jaime King a Go at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "No, Black Summer is Not a Prequel to Z Nation". Screen Rant. April 11, 2019.

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