Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Z Nation for Season 6?
The news that SyFy canceled Z Nation didn’t go down well if the internet is to be believed. The zombie drama series ended at the end of 2018 and at the time of writing, there is no plan to raise this show from the dead. But will Netflix save Z Nation? Will anyone?
I’m not sure Netflix will pick up Z Nation to be honest. I think the five seasons are likely all we will get.
Z Nation was many things to many people. Part drama, part dark comedy, part post-apocalyptic TV show. It premiered back in 2014 and ran for five seasons and 70 episodes overall. It didn’t have a bad run considering but I think it likely that this is it for the show.
Z Nation TV show
The premise of Z Nation was simple. It has been three years since the zombie outbreak and most of humanity is dead or undead. A prisoner, Murphy, was experimented on and given an experimental vaccine that made him immune to zombie bites. Instead, it is slowly turning him into something else completely. His blood is a hot commodity and he, and his band of followers make their way through the world assisted by Citizen Z in the hope that his blood can help mankind.
The series follows the hero’s journey from New York to the Center for Disease Control in California. This journey stretches for the earlier of the 70 episodes.
Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau as Hammond, Tom Everett Scott as Garnett, DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Kellita Smith as Warren, Michael Welch as Mack and Keith Allan as Alvin Murphy. It’s a solid cast that has been well chosen and work well together.
Z Nation season 1
Season 1 is 13 episodes long and is the scene setter. We get to meet the main early characters, get to see the world and understand what’s going on. The team get together and begin to work their way from New Jersey across to Colorado dealing with zombies, villains, raiders and survivors along the way. All overseen by Citizen Z on his computers.
It’s a solid start to the series and is credible in its delivery of a zombie apocalypse. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t scared to poke fun at itself which is a good thing.
Z Nation season 2
After surviving the end of season 1, the gang try to find Murphy. Citizen Z puts a price on his head to help the cause but Murphy is too busy trying to have fun rather than save mankind. We get 15 episodes this time round and the follow the gang through to an impressive looking post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
Z Nation season 3
Z Nation season 3 is 16 episodes long and sees the gang up against an entirely new breed of zombie. Murphy starts a cult and then settles his own town in Murphytown. The rest of the gang do their own thing and variously support Murphy and not before all reuniting for the final couple of episodes.
Z Nation season 4
Z Nation season 4 goes in a different direction in its 13 episodes with a bit of time travel and Murphy and Warren ending up in a place called Zona. The rest of the gang continue their fight against the zombies while our two heroes have to contend with an even more serious variant of the zombie virus.
Z Nation season 5
Z Nation season 5 also has 13 episodes and is a more general humans vs zombies tale with the group fighting various zombie and outlaw gangs along with militia and the Talkers. It’s a mixed tale that retains the same quality and humor but with no obvious overarching storyline. That’s no bad thing though as you’ll find out.
Will Netflix take on Z Nation?
I’m not sure Netflix will continue Z Nation. Despite the active fanbase and various petitions and social media campaigns, I think the subject has been done to death. Literally. Zombies were great fun for a while and saw us through some tough times in real life. The zombie action we saw was a result of what was going on in the real world and I think we have moved past that into something else.
There is a lot of zombie content out there and while good, Z Nation didn’t offer anything unique or interesting enough that couldn’t be encapsulated in 70 episodes. While cheap to make, I don’t think there will be a season 6 of Z Nation.
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