After being renewed for an exciting (and perhaps unexpected) fifth season and inspiring the Jaime King-starring Netflix spin-off Black Summer, the zombie road trip comedy and utterly weird politcal satire Z Nation is bringing out the big guns for its San Diego Comic-Con victory lap. Or maybe a roundtable discussion, considering how many oddball questions that Season 4 finale left us with.
Those questions weren't the focus of the SYFY show's panel, however, as it was more than happy to just show us new footage from the upcoming season, where Mario Van Peebles and Kellita Smith hotwire a tractor while under attack by a horde of zombies. That leads to some very satisfying farming as the undead get blended Fargo-style.
This was followed up by a discussion that touched on some of the strings the finale left dangling. The panel featured cast members D.J. Qualls, Lydia Hearst, Kellita Smith, Keith Allan, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, along with showrunner Karl Schaefer and executive producer David Michael Latt as they dropped some juicy details on what’s to come for SYFY’s evolutionary zombie show. Qualls is returning to the group from the North Pole, while a new breed of zombies -- Talkers, zombies that can think and plan with a level of heretofore-unseen consciousness -- threatens the heroes.
Baranova explained that her character has a real soft spot for the Talkers, making her new mission to help them. We saw the nice, bloody, ridiculous trailer that made the season look incredible, and heard that the Talkers' citizenship was being debated during the fifth season.
Then... since the two share producers, the panel showed shark-slicing, medieval, revolutionary era footage from The Last Sharknado: It's About Time, which debuts Aug. 19 on SYFY. Dinosaurs were there. Dinosaurs! Sharks died from meteors, musket shots, and broadsword strokes. None seemed to be zombies.
Z Nation returns later this year, sans sharks, but full of Talkers.
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