Swarm: episode guide, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the Beyoncé-inspired series

Dominique Fishback eating pie with blood on her face in Swarm
Dominique Fishback, Swarm (Image credit: Warrick Page/Prime Video)

Once Emmy-winner Donald Glover wrapped the hit comedy Atlanta, many wondered what would be next for the actor, writer, producer and musician. Yes, he’ll soon be seen back on screens in the upcoming Prime Video series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but it looks like he’s been busy doing some work behind the camera, co-creating Swarm

Glover and other Swarm co-creator Janine Nabers drew inspiration for the project by looking to living music legend Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Over the course of her career, the musician has sold millions of records, topped numerous charts and become one of the most celebrated artists in history. However, what’s even more impressive is she’s managed to collect a fiercely loyal fanbase that will go above and beyond to defend her. It’s from this group of supporters that Glover and Nabers got the idea to develop a show about the dark and unexpected side of fandom. 

So what can you expect from this new series? Here’s everything we know about Swarm.  

Swarm release date

The entire first season of the series debuted on Prime Video on Friday, March 17. 

Swarm trailer

Here's the official Swarm trailer. We have to say, things look like they will get dramatic and deadly rather quickly in this series. 

Swarm episode guide

Here is an episode guide for season 1. 

Episode 1: "Stung"
"Dre plans a birthday surprise for her sister."

Episode 2: "Honey"
"Dre starts a new job in Tennessee."

Episode 3: "Taste"
"Dre takes a road trip."

Episode 4: "Running Scared"
"Dre befriends some white girls." 

Episode 5: "Girl, Bye"
"Dre tries to get her phone fixed."

Episode 6: "Fallin’ Through the Cracks"
"This is a true crime story." 

Episode 7: "Only God Makes Happy Endings"
"Dre lays roots in Atlanta." 

Swarm plot

While much about the series, including the official synopsis, is being kept under wraps, we do know the general plot of the show. Swarm takes a look at the dark side of fandom through the eyes of Dre (Dominique Fishback). The young woman is obsessed with a pop star, and it’s this obsession that leads her to some dark and twisted spaces. 

As more details about the plot become available, we’ll be sure to share them. 

Swarm cast

Once again, playing the lead character Dre is Fishback. She was recently spotted as Robyn in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey and as Deborah in Judas and the Black Messiah

Joining Fishback in the series is Snowfall actor Damson Idris. The actor is wrapping up his sixth and final season playing drug kingpin Franklin Saint. He’s also been spotted as Harp in the Netflix film Outside the Wire

Rounding out the main cast is pop star Chloë Bailey. Not only has Bailey starred in the Freeform series Grown-ish, but in a bit of irony, she’s also signed to Beyoncé’s record label Parkwood.  

How to watch Swarm

Swarm is a Prime Video Original series. If you’re hoping to watch episodes then you need a subscription to Amazon Prime. With a subscription, you not only gain access to the Prime Video catalog, but also gain access to other perks such as faster shipping on products in the Amazon marketplace. 

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Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.