After five seasons of zombie slaying carnage, SyFy has axed Z-Nation just a few days before the final episode of the fifth season which will now be the series finale. Producer David Michael Latt announced the news in a video he posted on Twitter.
“We wanted to tell you face to face… that we were not renewed for Season 6. We’re stopping at Season 5. We’re very sad, but we’re also really grateful with the opportunities that we had on the show."
At the time of writing, no specific reason has been cited for the cancellation from SyFy. However, it's no secret that the ratings have been average at best for the last two seasons. I unfairly dismissed Z-Nation when it first aired, at the time, The Walking Dead was still unmissable TV, and there was only room for one zombie-themed in my life. However, as TWD continued down a path that was less than must see, I gave Z-Nation another go, and I'm glad I did. At no time does the series take itself that seriously, not to the levels of The Asylum's (Sharknado) silliness, but Z-Nation's cheap thrills and game sense of humor had me whizzing through the seasons.
Fear The Walking Dead might have taken the place of its parent series on my must-see list, yet Z-Nation offered a cheeky hit of gory entertainment. By all accounts, TWD is a better-made show (it does have a drastically higher budget), but AMC's biggest earner forgot that it was a series about zombies quite some time ago. It is a massive shame that the forthcoming season five finale on December 28th will now serve as the series finale. As it was never approached as the end, we are sure to have a bunch of unresolved plot threads still hanging by the time the credits roll on the aptly titled "The End of Everything". On the more positive side, producer David Michael Latt added;
“This is not the end of anything, this is just the beginning of a lot of things.”
That might sound vague, but he is, of course, referring to the Netflix prequel series Black Summer that arrives early in the New Year. Created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams, the eight-episode mini-series stars Jamie King as a mother embarking on a dangerous journey to find her missing daughter during the early days of the zombie apocalypse.