Stephen Beck – or “Doc” as everyone knows him – isn’t actually a doctor. He’s just self-educated “ER” fan with a really, really strong stomach. Doc’s an ex-addict, yet currently a drug dealer, who is rough (really rough) around the edges, but a stand up guy once you get to know him.
In episode Full Metal Zombie, Doc reveal that he has a son out there somewhere, and had him when he was 19.
Doc mentioned his past in the navy when asked about his vaccination history.
In episode Day One during a flash back it was shown he used to be a psychologist.
Doc is first seen trading wares with traders, Sketchy and Skeezy. He returns to the Upstate New York survivor group camp only to find it overrun. He regroups with Charles Garnett and the group goes to find the military convoy. The convoy is found destroyed, and Doc, Addy, and Mack look about the area. They find a cage surrounded by zombies. The zombies are cleared, and Mack approaches the person inside. The person, Cassandra, lunges at Mack but calms down after several seconds.
Doc is later grappled by a zombie and is saved by 10K. He is last seen offering 10K a place in the group.
Doc is allowed to see General McCandles and points out that his wound has gone gangrene. Unhappy with the prognosis, McCandles throws him down a ventilation shaft, where he is trapped alongside another person the General threw down the shaft, now a zombie.
10K is rather quiet and observant. His first-line weapon would be his sniper rifle, with a knife being his secondary (as well as melee) weapon. He enjoys mercy-ing zombies; his goal is to kill ten thousand of them (hence his self-given nickname), and he is already over one-thousand kills by his first appearance.
In 10K’s brief storyline, he lived alone with his father in a national park. He was taught how to fish, shoot and take care of himself. They didn’t have electricity or internet. When the zombie apocalypse came, 10K knew how to survive better than most at his age. He first revealed his nickname to Doc in “Fracking Zombies“, and that after ten thousand kills, that he would go by a self-given name, “Jeff.” His real name was revealed in the Season 1 finale Doctor of the Dead to be Thomas (Cassandra calls him Tommy twice during the episode, almost in rapid succession; Murphy calls him Thomas as well, in Season 3 Episode 10). 10K was on his way home from fishing when the apocalypse started. He was running for his life from a zombified park ranger and several attackers when he hit his head on a tree. His father found him unconscious and preceeded to kill zombies in order to save him. 10K got his rifle from the dead zombie his father killed to save him, and then the two ran. Later his father was injured and 10K was forced to give him mercy, making a promise to him that he would stay strong and fight.
10K debuts in this episode. The members of Operation Bite-mark eventually reach a high school during this episode. 10K, unbeknownst to them, is watching over them. In time, Doc is swarmed by a large group of zombies. 10K snipes them, saving Doc, but fleeing before Doc can observe him. Later, near the end of the episode, the group comes back to the high school to recruit the sniper.
10K helps the team retrieve gasoline from an overrun refinery. Upon doing so, Doc is swarmed by zombies again. 10K, being the sharpshooter he is, picks them off .Murphy drives off in the group’s suburban before Doc can get back in. Before they leave, 10K manages to score them a few gas cans full of fuel.
The Group finds a truck with the Liberty Bell attached to the back of it and when they open the door to steal it, a zombie pops out. After 10K quickly neutralizes the threat, the group appropriates the truck and drives off with the Liberty Bell, but are quickly diverted when the truck swerves to miss an oncoming zombie attack. Later, Doc, 10K, and Cassandra have a conversation about pornography while securing a satellite dish. 10K later helps save Cassandra from the Philly Cannibal Compound.
10K’s backstory is revealed in this episode. 10K tells the team that he had to kill his own father, whom he refers to as “it.” While Doc is, or perhaps isn’t, with the unstable general, 10K has a flashback. In the flashback, 10K agrees to give his father mercy when he dies. Back in the present, 10K kills another zombie. In a flashback to 10K’s childhood days, we see him finally kill his father, ending the episode.
“Puppies and Kittens“: He first appears near the destroyed military convoy. As the group approaches, Doc is attacked by a zombie and the group is unable to shoot it without risking injury to Doc. 10K shoots the zombie’s brain out of its skull, saving Doc. Doc notices him running away on the roof shortly afterward. After the group decides to take Murphy to California, Doc finds 10K and offers to take him along. 10K agrees with a shrug of his shoulders.
“All Good Things Must Come to An End” After 10K is shot he is taken to a submarine that is out in the sea. During the end of the episode, 10K wakes up in the sick bay. From the shore, Roberta and her fellow allies witness the submarine burning. The see murphy escape the submarine on a boat together with Dr. Merch and Captain Matheson, 10K is not viseable. The submarine explodes and it is unknown to the onlookers if 10K escaped the exploding submarine.
“Siege of Murphytown ” As 10K is attacked by zombies he is saved by red and 5K. He returns to the Museum of Progress and is asked who his followers are. 10K claims that they are not real, and just a hallucination. Red then kisses him to prove that she is real, and it helps 10K get a grip on reality. Despite the blend vaccine in him. He reveals the password to Murphys safe, and they leave.
10K dies in the season 3 finale, but is brought back.
“Fracking zombies.” – 10K upon seeing the Jersey Devil Refinery
“Excuse me, ma’am… You have a finger in your hair.” – 10K to Cassandra
“Never seen porn. Is it any good?” – 10K to Steven “Doc” Beck and Cassandra
“I’d like to see Rocky fight a Z. If he loses, he gets eaten.” – 10K to Steven “Doc” Beck
“When my pa was wounded, he told me to tie him up before he turned. Made me promise to show him mercy when he died. Kill the brain, you know. But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t hurt my pa, no matter what he’d become. Stared into his eyes for the longest time, just… looking for some sign he was still in there.” – 10K about his father
“I’m sorry, papa. Love you.” – 10K to his reanimated father before showing him mercy
“The blanket..I just——sorry!” – 10K to Cassandra
“I do hate him, and when the time comes… I will kill him, but for now, I can’t.” – 10K about Murphy
“Don’t try to make me feel better about it. I don’t wanna feel better about it. There’s nothing to feel better about. Nothing. That’s what I want to feel.” – 10K about killing Cassandra
“Help! Somone shot this ranger full of arrows!” – 10 about seeing his first zombie
10K seems to like Oreos, as he told Citizen Z that good news was “a pack of Oreos and a few gallons of milk”.
In episode 7, 10K competes in a contest and wins an “M82”. Shortly after winning, he gives the gun to Brittany, his rival of the competition. She later returns the favor with a kiss on the cheek.
10K uses small metal gears in his slingshot to kill Zombies.
10k refrains from cursing because his mother had a disdain for it. His father mentions this to him as he’s dying in the episode “Full Metal Zombie“. This is why 10k says “Fracking Zombies”.
In an interview with Nat Zang, 10k’s father is revealed to have been a survivalist out in the mountains. This gave both 10k and his father more edge for the Zombie Apocalypse because they were ready for it. This is also one of the reasons why 10k is so quiet; he has a lack of social skills since it was only him and his father for an extended amount of time. They also had no Internet, which is why he has never seen porn.
Before the apocalypse, 10K had never stayed in a hotel or swam in a pool.
Cassandra, Murphy, and 10K’s dad are the only characters who have ever referred to 10K as Tommy.
10K is the second person from the group to be bitten by Murphy. But now Murphy’s referring to him as “blended”.
In “RoZwell“, 10K admits that he believes in aliens and UFOs.
Alvin Murphy– just Murphy – was doing time for postal fraud (“Full Metal Zombie“) when the zombie apocalypse broke out. The government, desperate for a cure for the zombie virus, started experimenting on prisoners. Murphy was the unwilling victim of medical experimentation for a vaccine, watching two other prisoners die horrifically before his eyes before it was his turn. Directly after being injected with the experimental vaccine, the medical room was overrun by zombies and he was abandoned, conscious, while strapped to the gurney. That’s when Murphy was bitten eight times; however, he survived. That meant Murphy is the key to a cure, and restoring the world to a semblance of what it used to be. In the episode Welcome to the Fu-Bar, he bit a man in the shoulder. Later, Murphy discovered that the man he bit was killed, but did not turn. This could, perhaps, suggest that he can ‘share’ his antibodies through a bite, the same way a Zombie’s bite can turn another creature. Although neither stated nor alluded to, it may be possible that by passing on his antibodies to other people, those he bites may be able to cure others via the same means. This, however, is just speculation. He can also control people by biting them. When exposed to his saliva or blood, he can use telepathy to have them act out his will. He can also have zombies do his work for him, such as locating things and fight for him.
He made it to the season finale but he left the rest of the group behind (Warren, Doc, Cassandra, Addy, and 10k).
Murphy is basically a quintessential jerk who is also afflicted with severe PTSD as a result of being partially eaten alive. As a result of being forced to undergo this trauma “for humanity,” he doesn’t really give too much of a shit about it after he gets out. Trying to move past it, now that there is no one left to contradict him, his survival account paints himself as a hero who volunteered to be injected as something you need to do “for the kids”, rather than a crying, begging, pleading inmate who had no choice . One of his first acts as a member of the Westward-bound survivor group – a group press-ganged into to safely delivering him to California – was to abandon Doc and 10K in a panicked, flash-back ridden haze even as they were trying to save him from a number of zombies. He will often abandon hope and run for it, regardless of how poorly thought out that is. Such an episode led to the failure of a monumental and much-needed fuel acquisition at the Jersey Devil Refinery, which he refuses to take responsibility or apologize for, unwilling to face his actions. He is shown to be extremely intelligent and cunning, though he is not credited as such. Murphy was capable of deducing the fact that the Zombies wouldn’t attack him, using this as a way to save his Allies from Priest Jacob, though this ultimately led to the death of Charles Garnett.
Whether or not the vaccine has contributed to this is unclear, but Murphy has become increasingly apathetic. One example is in “Zunami” when he intentionally lets a zombie father into most likely attack or bite the family. When he brings the group supplies he merely states “got them from a dead family”. He may have done this because the family, being unable to stop him from just coming in and taking their stuff, was as good as dead. As the series progresses, Murphy becomes more and more misanthropic, although he shows greater sympathy towards the zombies. Unable to kill them or watch them suffer, Murphy seems to connect more with the undead than the humans around him.
Though Cassandra and the other zombies have acted no more than mindless puppets, showing no signs of humanity; he tends to treat them more favorably. But he still treats them as no more than play-things, and Cassandra’s no exception. He shows no remorse for nearly getting his old friends or others killed and shows more disdain for humanity.
Whether due to the strain of being lied/manipulated his PTSD, it’s shown in “A New Mission “, he’s become more disdainful, showing no more faith humankind. While he was willing to have 10K give mercy to the “starving” zombies. He had 10K shoot a warning shot in order to distance himself from the group. If they don’t want to join him, he is willing leaving them to fend for themselves. His only view now is making the world his way, blended. And completely gives up on humanity and saving any remaining humans that don’t want to join his new world.
In “Little Red and the WolvZ“, Murphy shows further commitment to shaping the world to his way and has embraced a zombie diet, as he was shown feasting on brains.
He is first seen in 2AZ, being prepared for an injection. When the room is overrun by zombies, Hammond abandons him and he is bitten 8 times. When Hammond returns, he finds him alive and decides to bring him to California to extract the cure.
In 03AZ, he is seen with Hammond in a boat. After Hammond dies, Murphy considers leaving the group. However, Simon stresses the importance of bringing Murphy to California, causing him to go with the group.
He is the target of several groups. When he is about to escape, he is detained and beaten by Addison Carver (affected by the death of his friend and her boyfriend Mack). He is captured by those who were his allies.
The new member of the Murphy family is born, in a stable under a star. Unfortunately, several zombies come to witness the birth. And Serena sacrifices herself in order to save her child. The next morning Murphy is sitting by the side of the road with his newborn daughter in his arms. He decides to name his child Lucy, after his own mother, Lucinda.
Murphy was given a dose of an experimental vaccine, which allowed him to survive being bitten by 8 zombies, all at once. This, however, also transformed him into a Mutant-Type Half Zombie.
In the episode Murphy’s Law, he is shown to be able to control the movements of others as long as he can get his DNA inside of somebody’s body. He first shows the ability after spitting in Janice’s water bottle. As he lifts his hand, as if he were holding a gun, she does the exact same action. Murphy also manages to control Henry and Zimmerman. Making the former offer him a bottle of water, while forcing the latter to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Avoid Aggression By Zombies
As a result of the vaccine, zombies do not attack Murphy, though they might interact with him in a non-hostile manner.
Murphy has shown a very little necessity for nutrition or hydration.
Murphy has shown the power to transform other people into a Human/Zombie Hybrid; first shown when he somehow managed to turn Cassandra into a Human/Zombie Hybrid. The bite mark on her right cheek suggests he bit her as she was dying (from her infected wound).
Once average in raw power, Murphy has been shown to be far stronger than he lets on. He may possibly have the single most enhanced strength of any entity in the series.
Endurance and Stamina
He can travel farther away surpassing the average human. He was able to walk for ten miles but he did show to be exhausted but still able to travel. He was very eager to travel farther by walking and taking hits from mutants zombies in the last episode of season 1.
As he has been changing, his skin was shown to shed and enhance his average human abilities as he had full control as a mutant.
Addison “Addy” Grace Carver is a redheaded girl who seemingly defied the odds by surviving the zombie apocalypse. Before the world went to hell, people would describe her as sensitive, “with the soul of an artist.” When push came to shove, she had the guts of a killer.
Her Facebook page, as revealed in the episode Full Metal Zombie, indicates that she “studied at ACC” and lived in Albany, NY prior to the zombie apocalypse. In a flashback, she is seen wearing a red and gray/silver letterman jacket with the letter “W.”
This backstory is contradicted in Day One, which shows Addy at a WHL game between the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans (both teams based in Washington state) when the zombie outbreak began. This is also when she met Mack, who was a player for the Americans.
In Die Zombie Die…Again, it is revealed that she had put down her undead mother on the first night of the breakout, being the repressed memory that torments her through the first season. Because of this memory and her short time with the cannibals, Addy possibly suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), which put a strain on her and Mack’s relationship and could be the main reason she decided to leave the group and join the all female community of abuse survivors.
Addy uses a mace (made from an aluminum baseball bat) as her signature weapon.
She is first seen getting her Z-Whacker from a trader named Sketchy. A small wave of zombies appear and she helps the traders fend them off. She is with Doc when they find the Upstate New York survivor group camp overrun. She joins Garnett in the search for the destroyed military convoy. She helps Doc and Mack clear the area around a cage nearby, finding and recruiting Cassandra. She is later seen leaving with the group to California.
Although Mack is bitten and infected, she tries to rescue him, but too late. When Mack is transformed, she gives him mercy. Soon after, she captures and hits Murphy. She confesses to her friends the fate of Mack and they leave with Murphy (and Cassandra) captured.
Roberta Warren is an ex-National Guard Lieutenant – activated out of Missouri (“Puppies and Kittens“) – a survivor and de-facto leader of the Westward-bound survivor group. Like many other survivors of the zombie apocalypse, Warren lost nearly everything and everyone that mattered to her.
As a sergeant she was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Air Force Base, under General Gotleib. She on guard duty at the gate when Fin, Nova, and Lucas arrive at the base to borrow a plane. She doesn’t believe he is Fin at first. It took a call to General Gotleib before she would allow him in. She was still there when a Sharknado hit. It is unknown if this is canon, however.
She is first seen giving Sophia Grizwald mercy. She is later with Garnett when dealing with the arrival of Murphy and Hammond in a boat. She and Garnett initially agree to help Mark and Murphy reach the military convoy. Finding the convoy destroyed, she finds a baby. She notes that she does not understand how to hold a baby properly. She is last seen leaving with the group for California.
Z Nation is an American horror-comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television series that airs on Syfy, created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler, and produced by The Asylum. The first season of 13 episodes premiered on September 12, 2014.Z Nation is filmed in the Spokane, Washington, area and was renewed for a second season of 15 episodes, which premiered on September 11, 2015.
Z Nation begins three years into a virus-caused zombie apocalypse, which has already killed most humans. A group must transport Murphy, the only known survivor of a zombie bite who did not himself turn into a zombie, from New York to the world’s last known functioning research lab in California. Murphy had been the unwilling subject of a government test vaccine in the days just before society fell apart, and his blood contains antibodies that are mankind’s last and best hope for a vaccine. However, Murphy harbors a dark secret that threatens them all.
PFC Simon Cruller aka “Citizen Z” is working at the Arctic’s Northern Lights NSA listening post. He is its sole surviving employee and uses his high-tech equipment to assist the group in its journey to California.
Alvin Bernard Murphy is a resentful and frail former convict who became the only known survivor of zombie bites after being part of a scientific experiment. The group is tasked with transporting him to a government laboratory in California, as his apparent immunity might be the sole solution to the ZN1 virus.
Z Nation is produced by The Asylum. On June 29, 2014, it was announced that the filming of 13 episodes for the first season of the series was underway. On October 12, 2014, Syfy announced that it had ordered a second season of Z Nation. Schaefer and Engler have described Z Nation as an attempt to “put the fun back into zombies”, criticizing shows like The Walking Dead for being too serious.Z Nation ’s first season had a budget of less than $700,000 per episode.
Originally created as satire, the grip crew on Z Nation created their “alter egos”, GripZ. The name was inspired by a reference to the character Citizen Z and photographs taken during filming of Citizen Z scenes for Season 1. The creators (Dan Misner, Mary Russell, Mark Bueing and Bryan “Goose” Gosline) furthered their image throughout the first season on social media and through GripZ-themed T-shirts worn on set. Their campaign included slogans such as, “If you won’t make us rockstars, we’ll do it ourselves” and “GripZ: Nothing Less, Always More.”
Due to a mostly positive response by other crew members and management, and with the addition of a new member, Eddie Lugaspi, GripZ continues to thrive in Season 2 and continues a social media presence for fans of GripZ and Z Nation. Season 2 media created by GripZ includes unauthorized behind-the-scenes Z Nation videos, live tweeting during episodes, grip-centered movie set memes and a “GripZ Army” campaign inspired by the rock band Kiss.
The first season of Z Nation received mixed reviews from professional television critics. Its aggregate score on Metacritic is 48 on scale of 0 to 100. The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus gave the show a rating of 53%, admitting that “although it’s hampered by an overcrowded narrative, Z Nation manages to muster up some fun scares without taking itself too seriously.” Chris Carabott of IGN noted that the show “continues to set itself apart in campy and inventive ways.” In January 2015, Graeme Virtue of The Guardian called Z Nation a “brazen Walking Dead rip-off” and included it on a list of five great US TV shows unavailable in Britain.Forbes magazine found the show had a high entertainment value.
In its first season, Z Nation averaged 1.42 million viewers per episode, including a .48 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
Z Nation is distributed internationally by Dynamic Television. The series premiered on Syfy in Australia on April 1, 2015. and was watched by 26,000 viewers. The United Kingdom premiere aired on Freeview channel Pick on July 21, 2015.