The genre-bending series Daybreak fought off countless ghoulies during its 10-episode first season, but it couldn’t avoid a cold death at the hands of its streamer. Netflix canceled the post-apocalyptic series, which was only released on October 24th.
Series co-creator and executive producer Aron Eli Coleite addressed the cancelation in a statement to fans, who he dubbed “daybreakers,” on Twitter: “No one is as heartbroken as we are that we can’t share more of this ride with you. But we are so grateful to have gotten to bring it so far.” You can read Coleite’s full statement here.
Based on a comic of the same name by Brian Ralph, Daybreak was set in a near-future in which teenagers are the last survivors of an atomic bomb, though some adults still roam the streets as “ghoulies,” the show’s version of zombies. As a metaphor for the high school experience, the show initially follows loner Josh (Colin Ford) but expands its story to include the various Mad Max-esque cliques amongst the former students of a Los Angeles-area high school. Mathew Broderick co-starred as Principal Burr, a polarizing character in season 1. In addition to Broderick, the series co-stars Krysta Rodriguez as Ms. Crumble, Sophie Simnett as Sam, Austin Crute as Wesley Fists, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Angelica, Cody Kearsley as Turbo, Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan and Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa.
Although the cast won’t be back in front of the cameras, Coleite did lay out what a potential Daybreak season 2 would look like in an exclusive interview with Den of Geek after the release of season 1.
“What we do in season one is we have a really great balance between all of our characters, and it is mostly Josh’s point of view,” Coliete said. “She takes the reins in season two. We do get to shift to [Sam’s] point of view, and she gets to take more power. It’s still Josh’s story. Josh is still a major character. We’re still balancing all of our characters in our ensemble fashion. But now she gets to tell the story herself.”
The cancellation comes after Netflix launched a Daybreak podcast on November 7th to flesh out the world of the show. Whether the storylines continue in podcast form remains to be seen. Unfortunately for fans, the live-action series ends after dropping a bombshell finale on us.