The finale, Episode 8, “The Stadium” provides a satisfying end to season 1 of Black Summer, to what is otherwise an average series so far.
This recap of Black Summer Episode 8, “The Stadium” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
The finale of Black Summer Season 1, “The Stadium”, deals with the ultimate objective, which is, well, reaching that elusive stadium. If you are a pro-gun fanatic and #TeamSecondAmendment, then Episode 8 will surely please you.
Why? Well, because most of “The Stadium” sees the group, amongst another population of people, charging through a city, using a variety of different weapons, shooting incoming zombies that are throwing themselves at the desperate humans at all angles. From a director perspective, Episode 8 was well shot, efficiently representing the best episode of Black Summer so far. It also provides the most stunning scene, with Rose (Jaime King) taking a split second to shoot William in the head; the pain he was experiencing in his leg was slowing them down as they reached the entrance of the stadium.
But again, the finale bodes the question of originality, and if you have read my recaps up to this point, you probably wish I’d shut the **** up about it, but I believe I make a good point. “The Stadium” was a zombie scenario until the final few seconds. Only Rose, James and Sun reach the stadium properly, and as they walk out on the pitch, they fear the worst – it’s empty. But as Season 1 closes the curtains, her daughter emerges from a ‘supporter’ entrance and runs towards Rose, who looks exhausted, emotionally and physically. As they are about to embrace, Episode 8 ends.
As I stated in my review, I wouldn’t write off Black Summer yet, as it has the base to become something better, but the writers will have to start thinking a little bigger.
You can read the full season 1 review of Black Summer by clicking these words.
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