Zombie Cliche Lookout: Tear Down, Build Up
Forging a hero is tricky work. They need to be strong, capable, intelligent, and lucky. But if they’re all that right out of the gate, well, it gets a little boring. We have to see them struggle, a lot at first. We have to see mistakes, because mistakes lead to learning, which makes for a much more credible character. Long story short, we’ve got to tear them down before we can build them back up again. And even after they’re built up, we still have to keep chiseling away at them, because being a hero is tough, and not everyone is cut out for it.
About this Episode:
So at this point it should be fairly obvious what’s going on with Sam and his lovely wife. I’ve had this plot point in my back pocket for a long, long time now. My ultimate goal was to make Sam a cowardly, almost unlikable (but not completely, let’s not forget his little sacrifice with the boombox) character, and then see if I could redeem him, or at least make him more interesting.
So what we see here is Sam at the top. He’s in his element, and life is good. Things are going to start changing in a hurry though.
On a side note, this exchange is very personal to me, because it’s very very close to how I learned I was going to be a father for the first time a few years ago. I’m really hoping that helps ground things a bit.
Discussion Question: Biggest Fear
Other than getting eaten by zombies, what’s your biggest fear when it comes to a zombie apocalypse? Losing loved ones? Getting trapped somewhere to slowly starve? Missing the season finale of The Walking Dead? What haunts you about the zombie apocalypse?