On June 4, the first season of the highly anticipated fantasy drama television series Sweet Tooth premiered on the Netflix streaming service. Sweet Tooth was created by Jim Mickle and is based on the Vertigo comic book series of the same name by Jeff Lemire. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey serve as executive producers for the show while James Brolin serves as the narrator throughout the series.

The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which disease caused a majority of humanity to be wiped out while hybrids of both humans and animals are born. The show centers on a deer-hybrid boy named Gus (Christian Convery), who goes on a quest across the United States to find a woman named Birdie (Amy Seimetz), whom Gus believes to be the long-lost mother following the tragic death of his father (Will Forte). At the beginning of his journey, Gus meets and befriends a jaded wandering loner named Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), who is searching for answers on how the apocalypse, known as “The Great Crumble,” started. However, Gus is also hunted by a ruthless group of human beings led by the tyrannical warlord General Abbot (Neil Sandilands), who has a burning hatred for hybrids and wishes to see them all destroyed. Deciding that he will be safer with a protector, Gus teams up with Jepperd (or the “Big Man” as Gus refers to him), who reluctantly accompanies him on his journey to find his mother.

The final episode ends on a rather large cliffhanger as Gus is captured by the humans and locked up in a cage within a lab. His life becomes even more in danger when General Abbot orders the scientists to experiment on the captured hybrids to find a cure for the disease. In addition to that, he becomes devastated to discover that the man who raised him was not actually his father, and he was created as an experiment by Birdie as a way to find a cure. Jepperd is separated from Gus, but vows to save him from Abbot and the sadistic humans who mean to harm him.

Despite the rather melancholic ending, a small glimmer of hope is seen when Gus meets the other hybrids. Many fans were surprised at the ending of Sweet Tooth’s first season, especially the plot twist, as hybrids were originally a breed of mythological gods in the comic while they are the result of scientific experiments in the series.

While the second season of Sweet Tooth has not been renewed yet, fans are nonetheless excited to see where Gus’ story goes from here.

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