This morning Amazon Studios quietly dropped the pilot episode for “Sea Oak”, a genre-bending zombedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo).
Emmy-winner Glenn Close (The Girl With All the Gifts) stars as Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids) who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.
The pilot starts off slow but takes a dark turn when Aunt Bernie comes back from the dead. None of the images or clips below do the show any justice, hiding just how crazy and frightening Aunt Bernie gets. Unfortunately, the big reveal doesn’t come until the closing minutes, which means we’ll be waiting at least a year for the full series (if it were to get picked up). Check it out now on Amazon.
The show is directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner. Murai will also serve as an executive producer as well as Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie). Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane serve as co-executive producers.