Zombie Cliche Lookout: Scenes of Slaughter

This one is pretty popular in zombie stories: our heroes arrive somewhere, hoping to see living people, only to find nothing but corpses scattered hither and yon with all manner of gore as set dressing. This can be used hand-in-hand with the trope that the government is completely incompetent, or at least unequipped to deal with this type of emergency.

This often comes as a response to a specific type of hope. In some cases it’s the hope that they’re heading into a safe zone. Perhaps something that was setup by the military or some other survivors group. When they arrive it has, of course, been violently overrun. The other type of hope is for specific survivors to be there. A character might hope to see his girlfriend or mom, and then be horrified by the scene of violence and everything it implies about the fate of their loved ones.

About this Episode:

The end is in sight on these flashbacks. I really hope everyone has enjoyed this bit of backstory. Sam has always been my favorite character, so I’ve been itching to dive into what makes him tick for the longest time now. It feels good to get it all out there. I know it was fairly predictable, given the nature of the character and that it was a flashback, but I think it’s important to ground some of Sam’s actions in a bit of history.

Discussion Question: Back Stories

Now that we’re wrapping up Sam’s past, I’m curious about two things. First, how did this series of flashbacks work for you? Did everything make sense in terms of your understanding of the character? Second, who would you like to see next for background fodder? I have my choice, simply because that’s the character I’ve fleshed out most in my mind, but I’m curious what the rest of you think.