Dead of Summer 1x01
June 28, 2016
0.63 million
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0.63 million
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"Patience" is the 1st episode of Dead of Summer.


Camp Stillwater is about to reopen after being closed down for years. Deb, the new owner, has thrown her heart, soul and life savings into renovating the camp she loved as a child. She isn’t the only one excited to return as six former campers — Alex, Jessie, Cricket, Joel, Blair and Blotter — join her as counselors hoping to experience the freedom that camp brings now that they are older. Not part of the old crew, Amy is not just new to Camp Stillwater, but to camp in general. While Amy tries her best to fit in with the already tight group, Drew is content to be left alone. As everyone settles in and prepares for the campers' arrival, Amy is the first to get a feeling that something is not right with this idyllic summer camp.



Lake Stillwater, Wisconsin
1871 The tall man is playing a discordant note on his piano slightly turning his head as he presses the piano keys inside his candle lit cabin at night. Crickets chirp as seven bearded men with rifles and torches whisper as they run towards the cabin. Four of the men break into the cabin with one of them pointing his rifle at the tall man while he continues playing the piano. "That's him!", they shout to one another while walking towards the tall man. "Get his hands!" one of them says while trying to restrain the tall man while he struggles to continue playing the piano. Three men with rifles and torches stayed outside guarding the cabin. Inside the cabin the men scream, "What did you do to them? Where are they?" Bodies are seen floating face down in Lake Stillwater. The tall man strains his face as he continues struggling to play the piano as the men try to restrain him. More bodies float atop of the lake. The tall man continues playing his piano pressing hard on the keys as almost holding on as the men grab his hands. A man and a female float face down in the lake. The tall man continues playing the piano straining his face hard as he struggles with everyone. Even more bodies are floating on the lake. The tall man continues to struggle as he is looking up until he gives up, and is pulled away as his hands were pressing the piano. We see a panoramic view of all bodies in the lake, and bloody red water starts to gurgle to the top.


Act I

Summer, 1989
3 Days 'Til Camp Opens

The night turns to morning in Lake Stillwater. "Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson plays in the background of Camp Stillwater. Amy is walking towards the bus when Joel startles her. Alex, Jason, Blair and Cricket show up and introduce themselves to Amy.

Act II


Act IV

Act V


  • The title of this episode is derived from the song of the same name by Guns N' Roses.
  • "Lullaby" by The Cure can be heard in the background during the first Lake Stillwater scene.

Continuity Errors


  • The title of this episode was officially confirmed by Freeform on May 19, 2016.[1] The original title of this episode was "Like a Prayer", but it was renamed for unknown reasons.[2]
  • Shooting for this episode took place in various Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada locations between March 21, 2016 and April 8, 2016.[3] There was a two week hiatus between production for this episode and production for the second episode.[4]



This episode received mixed reviews and was watched by 0.63 million viewers, scoring a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic, ranking twenty-fifth in its time-slot.[5]


This episode received mixed reviews from television critics.

  • The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.6 out of 10, based on 12 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Dead of Summer sets a spooky stage for a silly period creepfest, but its lack of actual scares adds up to an altogether underwhelming experience."[6]
  • Molly Freeman of ScreenRant gave the series premiere a positive review stating, "While the premise of Dead of Summer sounds familiar to any horror movie fan, the show benefits from not being directly tied to an existing horror franchise since it won't suffer for being compared to movies beloved by generations."[7]
  • Sonia Saraiya of Variety wrote a mixed review: "Dead of Summer makes for a schlocky hour that never quite gets boring. At the very least, while escaping the dog days of summer inside with the air-conditioning, there's plenty of fun to be had in laughing at how bad it is."[8]
  • Alex McGown of The A.V. Club gave the first episode a C rating, stating "Its story is so clunky, and characters so wafer-thin, it all but evaporates into a haze of trite jump-scare beats and hoary teen tropes."[9]
  • Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter gave a more negative review: "Dead of Summer is just run-of-the-mill unintentionally bad -- a mishmash of genres and structures and stock characters that maybe aspires to something original and falls flat."[10]


Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the episode.


Gallery of videos used to promote the episode.

External Links


  1. An Unforgettable Summer Kicks Off in the Series Premiere of ‘Dead of Summer’ on June 28, by Freeform, May 19, 2016.
  2. Freeform 2016 Upfronts, by Freeform, April 7, 2016.
  3. NEW SERIES: Eddie Kitsis & Adam Horowitz’s DEAD OF SUMMER With Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Starts Filming by, March 21, 2016.
  4. YVRShoots Tweet
  5. SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.28.16
  6. Dead of Summer: Season 1 (2016),
  7. Dead of Summer Series Premiere Review: Entertaining Teen Horror TV by Molly Freeman, June 28, 2016,
  8. [ by Sonia Saraiya, June 28, 2016,
  9. Dead of Summer's cartoonish hackwork puts the "camp" in "summer-camp horror" by Alex McGown, June 28, 2016,
  10. 'Dead of Summer': TV Review by Dan Fienberg, June 28, 2016,
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