Black Summer is a series by Netflix and a spin-off of Z Nation. It was created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams. It will have eight episodes in it's first season. Z-Nation and Black Summer creator Karl Schaefer clarified the connection between the two series as "Same apocalypse, different story. ...it is earlier in the same apocalypse. Things haven't got weird yet. "
As the series takes place one year before Z Nation none of it's original cast is involved. Netflix has however hinted that we might see some cameos in the show’s future.
A mother, torn from her daughter, embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
- Jaime King as Rose
- Justin Chu Cary as Spears/Julius James
- Christine Lee Yuk-gue as Ooh “Sun" KyungSun
- Sal Velez, Jr. as William Velez (Season 1)
- Gwynyth Walsh as Barbara Watson (Season 1)
- Kelsey Flower as Lance
- Mustafa Albassi as Ryan (Season 1)
- Nyren B. Evelyn as Earl
- Erika Hau as Carmen (Season 1)
- Edsson Morales as Manny (Season 1)
- Stafford Perry as Phil (Season 1)
- Zoe Marlett as Anna
- Bobby Naderi as Ray Nazeri
- Linda Kee as Sophie (Season 2)
- Daniel Diemer as Luke (Black Summer) (Season 2)
- G. Michael Gray as Freddie (Season 2)
- Elaine Yang as Natalie (Season 2)
- Chantelle Han as Jase (Season 2)
- Dakota Daulby as Sonny (Season 2)
- Travis Friesen as Mark (Season 2)
- Bechir Sylvain as Braithwaite (Season 2)
- Kumiko Konishi as Rhonda (Season 2)
- Jesse Lipscombe as Mance (Season 2)
- Brenda Robins as Unnamed Mom (Season 2)
- Manuel Rodriguez-Saenz as Boone (Season 2)
- Duff Zayonce as Sam (Season 2)
- James Yi as Unnamed Pilot (Season 2)
On November 20th, 2019, Netflix renewed Black Summer for a second season, consisting of eight episodes. Shooting was set to begin in early 2020, though it was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and rescheduled for 2021.