Paranoia began her acting career in 2002 with a small speaking role on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. She then won the lead role for the Discovery Kids / NBC television series Scout's Safari, playing the character Jennifer Later.
On December 15, 2017, Safe renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on October 5, 2018. Nation begins three years into a zombie apocalypse caused by a virus that has already killed most humans.
In the days just before society fell apart, Murphy was one of three inmates at Portsmouth Naval Prison in Jittery, Maine, who were unwilling participants in a government-approved experiment. The series revolves around his travels with a small group of survivors being led through the apocalypse by Simon “Citizen Z Cruller, who watches the world from his multiple computers.
In Season 4, she wakes up in Zone after being treated from being hit with a ricocheting bullet that passed through Murphy. However, unlike any of the talkers, she does not crave brains, presumably due to Murphy's blood in her system.
DJ Quails as Citizen Z PFC Simon Cruller aka Citizen Z, a former hacker, was working at the NSA's Northern Light listening post in the Arctic Circle. After a doomed rescue mission flight out of Northern Light, he becomes the NSA's sole surviving employee and uses his high-tech equipment to assist the group in its journey to California.
He also runs a radio broadcast for other survivors, informing people to take cover when there is a threat of inescapable disaster-level weather or zombie hordes. He was slowly going insane from loneliness, until he rescued a sled dog named Pup which became his companion for the rest of the season.
In the Season 1 finale, Murphy triggered a security protocol which unleashed nuclear missiles targeted at every military base and laboratory in the country, including Camp Northern Light. At the end of season 2, Citizen Z decides to leave Northern Light when he realizes that the post's computer systems and equipment have sustained too much damage for him to repair alone.
He leaves on foot with Pup, pulling a dog sled, in subzero temperatures. Near death, he is rescued by Kaya, an Inuit girl, and her surviving family members.
They return to Camp Northern Light for the remaining resources, and repair the equipment making it operational again. He leaves in a plane and meets the survivor group in person to inform them that Lucy had been kidnapped by The Man, but later returns.
Keith Allan as Alvin Murphy Alvin Bernard Murphy is a resentful and frail former convict who becomes the only known survivor of zombie bites after being part of a scientific experiment. The Westward-bound survivor group is tasked with transporting him to a government laboratory in California, as his apparent immunity is believed to be the sole solution to the ZN1 virus.
He also develops a special gift: after biting a person or exposing them to his saliva or blood, he can direct them using telepathy. In Season 3, after finding out the survivors at Zone want to use him only for themselves, he escapes after biting Dr. Merch and several military personnel, as well as 10K and decides to make the human race into zombie-human hybrids (known as the “Blends”) which is under his control.
Prior to becoming a counselor, he served the United States Navy and was stationed in the U.S. With his limited knowledge, he is able to treat the injured members of the group and other survivors they meet along the way.
He is a former member of the Blue Sky camp in New York, along with Warren, Add, and Mack. In Season 3, Doc revealed that he has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and was able to help the surviving patients confined in a psychiatric hospital.
Nat Gang as Thomas “10K” 10K, often called “The Kid” by Doc, is the youngest member of the Westward-bound survivor group. He is highly proficient with a sniper rifle and other projectiles, and is “pretty good with a knife”.
His backstory reveals that 10K was forced to kill his father, making a promise to him that he would stay strong and fight. 10K harbors feelings of anger and hatred towards Murphy for turning Cassandra into a zombie-human hybrid, but does not act on those feelings, knowing that Murphy could be humanity's only chance to survive.
In the season 2 finale, he is injured and taken with Murphy to the CDC submarine to be given medical attention for his wound. He is told by Dr. Merch that he was bitten after she gave him his first dose of the original cure.
In season 4, he is out of Murphy's control, grows a beard and lives in a tent on the top of a big tree with Red. Anastasia Paranoia as Add Carver Addison Grace Add Carver is a former member of the Blue Sky camp in New York and is Mack's girlfriend prior to his death.
She is the survivor group's communication specialist and uses her talents with radio equipment to contact Citizen Z. At one point, she chooses to leave the group and join the Sisters of Mercy camp, but after the camp is destroyed, she reunites with Mack, who refused to leave her behind, and returns to the Westward-bound survivor group.
Her weapon of choice against zombies is a customized metal bat with spikes known as the Z -Whacker”; in season 3, her bat is upgraded by Sun Ma and her team to emit an electric charge similar to a taser. It was later revealed that she became a Blend when Lucy bit her in order to save her life after falling from a cliff in the Zone base, thus sharing a telepathic bond with Lucy.
Michael Welch as Mack Thompson (seasons 1–2) A former hockey player for the Tri-City Americans, Mack Thompson is a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, and Addy's boyfriend. A good shot, Mack protects Add and stays behind when she chose to join the Sisters of Mercy camp, and watches over her from afar.
She is a former member of the Philadelphia cannibal survivor group, where she served as a “lure” to attract male survivors with the promise of sexual trade, in order for the group to trap and consume them. Cassandra joins the Westward-bound survivor group after being found in a locked cage at a rendezvous station near Philadelphia.
She eventually attacks the group after Murphy orders her to prevent anyone from leaving the campsite and following him which caused 10k to mercy her. Tom Everett Scott as Charles Garrett (season 1) Sgt.
Garrett was with the National Guard, based out of Georgia, prior to the ZN1 outbreak. He is a former member of the Blue Sky camp in New York before taking on the task of transporting Murphy.
His wife and daughter turned into zombies during their funeral, and Vasquez seeks revenge on Scorpion. At the conclusion of season 2, he apparently leaves the main survivor group.
In the season 3 episode “Heart of Darkness”, Vasquez reappears, having assumed the mantle of “Scorpion” after suffering a mental breakdown, and is later mercies by Warren. Emilio Rivera as Scorpion (seasons 2–3) Hector Alvarez aka Scorpion is the main antagonist of season 2, first encountered in the second episode, “White Light”.
He served as the right-hand of La Ran, the head of a Mexican drug cartel known as the Zeros. Pre-apocalypse, he was a soldier in the same drug cartel and was the one who tortured Vasquez and killed his wife and daughter.
At the end of season 2, he has reformed, aiding the group from La Ran and his men's attack. He then asked forgiveness from Basques and allows him to take his life to avenge his family, but Vasquez spares his life, and later joins the main survivor group.
He was injected with an experimental vaccine made by Sun Ma which at first had no effect. He is known to have completely decimated at least two survivor communities to obtain the people on his list.
As of the second episode of season 3, “A New Mission”, The Man's current list contains only one name : “Alvin Bernard Murphy”. She is a Laotian virologist from Beijing, China, where 200,000 survived the zombie apocalypse by sealing themselves behind the walls of the Forbidden City.
She is sent with a team and equipment from China to collect DNA samples from the American survivor group and Murphy in the hope of synthesizing a cure. She eventually discovers the cure to the ZN1 virus which would revert the talkers, as well as the newly-turned zombies.
Kaya is an Inuit girl living with her Uncle Korea and her Nana; they are the sole survivors of their village. She finds Citizen Z and Pup out in a blizzard, rescues them, and takes them to her home.
She reveals to Citizen Z that she is a huge fan of his, telling him he needs to get healthy and start broadcasting again. They eventually form a relationship after they return to Camp Northern Light, and she becomes pregnant with their son, JR.
Holden Goethe as “Nature Boy” / 5K (season 3, guest season 4) A survivor from the Mercy Labs Survivor camp, and Red's adoptive brother. He falls off a cliff when he pursues Add, Lucy and The Man in the season 3 finale.
In season 2, she is a baby, but ages rapidly when she gets excited due to the virus she acquired from her father. In season 3, she ages from someone who looks 5 years old, to a preteen, to a teenager (and is thus portrayed by multiple actresses).
She sacrifices her life to save her father from succumbing to the virus after being bitten. In Season 5, 10K meets up with Red again, and when both of them and Sarge are cornered by zombies, Sarge sacrifices herself to save 10K and Red, allowing herself to be bitten before setting off a grenade that blows her and the zombies up.
Lilly's father, who runs a refugee camp trying to get survivors to America. Katy O'Brian as Georgia “George” St. Clair (season 5) A survivor-turned-political-leader of America and an old friend of Warren.
Mario Van Pebbles as Martin Cooper (season 5) A farmer who was trained as a medic pre-apocalypse. Lydia Hearst as Pandora (season 5) A zombie “talker” who is a resident of America, who may be plotting a coup against George.
On June 29, 2014, it was announced that the filming of 13 episodes for the first season of the series was underway. Schaefer and Angler have described Nation as an attempt to “put the fun back into zombies”, criticizing shows like The Walking Dead for being too serious.
The series premiered on Safe in Australia on April 1, 2015, and was watched by 26,000 viewers. The United Kingdom premiere aired on Free view channel Pick on July 21, 2015.
Merrill Barr of Forbes magazine said the show had a high entertainment value. In its first season, Nation averaged 1.42 million viewers per episode, including a .48 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
, released in July 2015, featured a cameo appearance by Smith as Sgt. On July 19, 2018, it was reported that Netflix had given an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for Black Summer, a prequel series set within the Nation universe.
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