Season 1
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Number of episodes 12
Run April 15 - July 8, 2013
Premiere Pilot
Finale Everything Is Broken
Slogan New Earth. New rules.
Home video release
DVD release
Region 2 July 15, 2013
Blu-ray release
Season chronology
Next Season 2
"New Earth. New rules."
―Season 1 slogan[src]
Season 1 premiered on April 15, 2013. Defiance is an American science fiction television series distributed by the American cable television channel Syfy. The series was developed for television by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor. The first season was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Production for the pilot began in April 2012,[2] and on May 10, 2013, Syfy renewed Defiance for a second season.[3] The first season will be released on region 2 DVD and region free Blu-ray on July 15, 2013.[4][5]



See also: List of appearances

Main castEdit

Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan (11 episodes)
Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater (11 episodes)
Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa (11 episodes)
Tony Curran as Datak Tarr (9 episodes)
Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr (9 episodes)
Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley (10 episodes)
Mia Kirshner as Kenya Rosewater (8 episodes)

Recurring castEdit

Dewshane Williams as Tommy LaSalle (10 episodes)
Jessica Nichols as Jered / Bertie / Ugarti (10 episodes)
Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll (9 episodes)
Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr (9 episodes)
Nicole Muñoz as Christie McCawley (8 episodes)
Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley (7 episodes)
Kevin Shand as Raiga / Dog Walker / Nak / Sensoth Mother / Sensoth Smugler (7 episodes)
Fionnula Flanagan as Nicolette Riordan (6 episodes)
Brittany Allen as Tirra (5 episodes)
Gilles Savard as Lambert (5 episodes)



Michael Taylor (3 episodes)
Kevin Murphy (2 episodes)
Anupam Nigam (2 episodes)
Todd Slavkin (2 episodes)
Darren Swimmer (2 episodes)


Michael Nankin (2 episodes)
Allan Kroeker (2 episodes)
Omar Madha (2 episodes)
Andy Wolk (2 episodes)


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 Pilot Scott Stewart Rockne S. O'Bannon (Part 1), Kevin Murphy and Michael Taylor (Part 2) April 15, 2013
Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.[6]
2 Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go Michael Nankin Kevin Murphy and Anupam Nigam April 22, 2013
Rafe & Nolan explore underground St. Louis while hunting for an escaped convict. Meanwhile, Irisa & Amanda clash over a violent Castithan tradition.[7]
3 The Devil in the Dark Omar Madha Michael Taylor April 29, 2013
While investigating two vicious Hellbug attacks, Nolan & Irisa realize that the attacks are tied to the gang of Irathient Spirit Riders who have recently been welcomed into town. Meanwhile, Irisa starts experiencing strange visions.[8]
4 A Well Respected Man Michael Nankin Craig Gore and Tim Walsh May 6, 2013
Kenya is abducted in the alien badlands when she sets out to amend the corrupt affairs of Tirra, a troubled NeedWant employee.[9]
5 The Serpent's Egg Omar Madha David Weddle and Bradley Thompson May 13, 2013
Nolan and Amanda are hijacked as they escort Rynn to a prison in Las Vegas; meanwhile, Irisa holds captive the man she is convinced tortured her as a young girl.[10]
6 Brothers in Arms Andy Wolk Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer May 20, 2013
Nolan gets a blast from the past while a Castithan fugitive wreaks havoc in Defiance.[11]
7 Goodbye Blue Sky Andy Wolk Anupam Nigam and Amanda Alpert Muscat June 3, 2013
When the area is hit by a deadly Razor Rain storm, the people of Defiance must run for cover and stay indoors, where they discover truths about themselves and their neighbors. Irisa's visions lead her to Sukar and the Spirit Riders. But when she arrives at their camp, she discovers that he is under the influence of strange and mysterious forces.[12]
8 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times Allan Kroeker Clark Perry June 10, 2013
In the aftermath of razor rain and the subsequent arkfall, Nolan and Tommy discover an American astronaut who has been in hypersleep for the past several decades. As they unravel the mystery of his past, Nolan, Yewll and Rafe uncover a history of bizarre biological experiments during the war. Meanwhile, Amanda gets an offer to come work for the E-Rep, and a chance to rekindle a relationship with an old flame.[13]
9 If I Ever Leave This World Alive Allan Kroeker Bryan Gracia June 17, 2013
A mysterious plague strikes Defiance, carried by Irathients, but affecting only humans. Fear and paranoia cause the Irathients to be sent into quarantine in the mines. Meanwhile, Amanda reconnects with an old flame from the Earth Republic, Datak uses the plague as an opportunity to seize legitimate power in town, and Quentin questions Nicky about what really happened to his mother.[14]
10 The Bride Wore Black Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer June 24, 2013
The town of Defiance is shocked when the body of Hunter Bell, a prominent businessman who disappeared almost six years ago, is discovered hidden at the NeedWant. Nolan and Tommy spearhead an investigation that unearths the secrets of many citizens of Defiance, causing unrest on the eve of Alak and Christie’s wedding.[15]
11 Past Is Prologue July 1, 2013
On the eve of the election, Nolan is involved in an accident that makes the town question Amanda's decision to appoint Nolan as lawkeeper, and threatens Amanda's own mayoral campaign.[16]
12 Everything Is Broken July 8, 2013[17]
As citizens of Defiance cast their votes for Mayor, Amanda and Datak find themselves locked in a bitter struggle. Nolan is violently confronted with his past. And Irisa must decide whether or not to embrace her destiny.[18]


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  2. The Deadline Team (April 24, 2012). "Syfy Thinks Big With Largest-Ever Development Slate: Upfronts". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. Nellie Andreeva (May 10, 2013). "Syfy’s ‘Defiance’ Renewed For Season 2". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  4. "Defiance - Season 1 (DVD + UV Copy) (2013)". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. "Defiance - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy) (2013) (Region Free)". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  6. Episode 1: "Pilot" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  7. Episode 2: "Down In the Ground Where the Dead Men Go" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  8. Episode 3: "The Devil In the Dark" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  9. Episode 4: "A Well Respected Man" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  10. Episode 5: "The Serpent's Egg" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  11. Episode 6: "Brothers in Arms" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  12. Episode 7: "Goodbye Blue Sky" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  13. Episode 8: "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  14. Episode 9: "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  15. Episode 10: "The Bride Wore Black" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  16. Episode 11: "Past is Prologue" | Defiance on Showcase. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  17. "Shows a-Z - defiance on syfy |". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  18. Showcase Network (Showcasedotca). "Defiance Season Finale - Mon at 10" July 4, 2013.