Netflix has spent the last several years building up a lineup of original content and TV partnerships that bring subscribers some of the most interesting content on television, all primed and ready for binge-watching. One of those partnerships involves certain Syfy content heading to Netflix, and now it looks as if that deal will bear fruit, as we recently learned Netflix is putting out a prequel to Z Nation called Black Summer. As expected, any time there is a spinoff to a series in the works, there are a lot of details to be worked out, and thankfully during Comic-Con 2018 the cast and crew of Z Nation were on hand to tell us a little more about what to expect from the upcoming series. When a show lasts for five seasons on cable, it's always cool to hear there will be more to come, and now we've learned the first big details about the upcoming show.
What Is The Black Summer?
Fans of Z Nation have already heard about Black Summer, as it's a familiar concept in the mythology of the Syfy original series. Showrunner Karl Schaefer talked a little bit about the backstory of the new series, noting that the Black Summer occurs just a few months into the original zombie apocalypse that later becomes full-blown in Z Nation.
Why A Z Nation Prequel?
Z Nation has an avid fanbase, and seeing the panel at Comic-Con, people were really engaged in stories about the cast and crew. However, showrunner Karl Schaefer also addressed the elephant in the room, noting that The Walking Dead really put zombies on-trend on TV again, paving the way for shows like Z Nation and iZombie to make their marks, as well. Everyone involved with the new Netflix series really wants to give fans something new to look forward to, however.
What Can We Expect?
The new series is going to be eight hours. Netflix is notorious for not putting out release dates until fairly close to the premiere; regardless, at least we already know episode count. And Black Summer is going to embrace the binge-watching model. On Syfy, Z Nation needs to fit into a specific broadcasting time. On Netflix, there is no need for such restraint. According to Karl Schaefer:
Do Any Characters Cross Over?
Here's the thing. Z Nation is about to premiere its fifth season, which means the characters that have survived from the beginning of the series have changed and grown as time has gone on. As Syfy series actor DJ Qualls revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, it's been quite a long time since the titular Black Summer, and he at least feels as if the cast is "too old" these days for them to really cross over. Still, it's hard for me to believe that Syfy and Netflix would totally skip out on an opportunity to connect the two universes, and since nothing is set in stone yet, I still have hope that it could all work down the line.
We'll keep you posted on all of the Black Summer details coming down the pipeline. In the meantime you can take a look at what else Netflix has coming up with our full premiere schedule.