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Could Netflix's Black Summer be the next Walking Dead?

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17.04.2019

Does the world really need another television show featuring flesh-hungry zombies?

The answer is yes, according to Netflix. Last week the streaming giant unveiled Black Summer, a tightly written rival to AMC's The Walking Dead. It's a clever move: season nine of TWD recently recorded its lowest-ever season finale ratings.

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So does Black Summer stack-up? The short answer is yes but not for the same reasons that TWD became, at its peak, one of the most-watched TV dramas this decade.

While TWD kicked-off well into the apocalypse – and has become more about humans than zombies in recent seasons – Netflix's show throws viewers into the early days of the zombie outbreak. Refreshingly, the protagonist is a woman.

Black Summer also feels grittier and more urgent than its predecessor.........

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