Black Summer

Jaime King Explains Why Netflix’s ‘Black Summer’ Is NOT A ‘Z Nation’ Prequel

During a recent interview with Screen Rant, actress Jamie King sat down to discuss her new Netflix series Black Summer and why the show is more of a companion to Z Nation than a prequel.

“It’s really a refugee story. It’s a story of a country and a sickness, and the sickness really has all this symbolism in it. This sickness that people are getting is symbolic of the hatred and the division in our country. And nobody is immune, no matter how deeply you love, no matter who you are. No one is immune to what’s happening right now and being affected by it, you know? Even when you see someone get sick, they’re ordinary, they have no super powers. In a way, you feel sorry for them.

[It’s] a story about what happens in a country where the government falls apart and where the fabric of society is being torn apart, right? When people are not adept to having to survive on their own without one another. And again, what does that look like? …There’s something about the ordinariness of it that makes it so human.”

King went on to explain that both Black Summer and Z Nation, while similar, are much different series and should be viewed as such.

“It’s interesting because people started tying [Black Summer] to Z Nation and I’m like this has nothing to do with that. It’s not a link to Z Nation. I had never actually seen Z Nation or heard about Z Nation, but I have friends who absolutely love that show, and then people started putting it out there that it was like a prequel of Z-Nation, which it’s not. So there was a moment when it was kind of confusing because I was like, wait, how is this related? And really there is no relationship, but the relationship is it came from the people that were involved with Z Nation, but that’s where I think it all the sudden became, oh this must be a straight up zombie genre show, and it’s so much deeper than that. If you want to see the meaning and the drama and the truth, it’s there. And if you’re in and down and love something that is genre-bending and terrifying because it’s so honest, it’s also there. It’s got everything. And it was really exciting to blend all of these genres together. That tells a true great story.”

Black Summer was created by John Hymans and Karl Schaefer and stars Jamie King as Rose, Justin Chu Cary as Spears, Kelsey Flower as Lance, Gwynyth Walsh, Christine Lee, Mustafa Alabssi as Ryan, Erika Hau as Carmen, Sal Velez, Jr. as William Velez, Edsson Morales, Aidan Fink, and Kash Hill. The 8-episode series was officially released on Netflix on April 11, 2019.

What are your thoughts on King’s comments regarding the show? Are you a fan of Z Nation or Black Summer? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Screen Rant

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

Riley is the Managing Editor of Goliath. When he's not at the movie theatre or binging some new tv series, he likes to spend his time shooting hoops and play MTG. He doesn't like 'Breaking Bad,' loves 'The Simpsons,' hates mayonnaise, and has been repping the Toronto Raptors since '95. Follow him on IG and Twitter @moviemanjones.