Zombie Cliche Lookout: Off Screen Death
There are a lot of reasons a story might choose to kill a character of screen. For movies and TV, budget might have something to do with that. Discounting practical issues, this is usually done to keep the audience in the dark about exactly what happened. Did that character really die? Was it an accident? Were they murdered? Were they eaten by zombies? Sometimes there’s one witness, who also turns into the primary suspect when people think murder is a possibility.
This is often used to cause unease in a group. People get paranoid, and lose trust and respect for others. Left unchecked, a schism can form that can destroy the group, or at least cause it to split apart.
About this Episode:
To reposition Murphy’s arms in each shot, I had to pick up the wheelbarrow and put it back down. I really tried to keep the placement the same, but my guess is that there is quite a bit of minor movement frame to frame. This sort of thing can introduce jarring continuity issues, which will bug readers. To mitigate this, I only used one shot that shows the actual position of the wheelbarrow on the ground, with the rest being close-ups to give me more latitude.
As you may know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US. That means two things for you guys. First, I’m not adding any content this Thursday or Friday. We’ll be back to normal on Monday. Second, that’s the cutoff date for the Historical Zombie Challenge. If you’re interested in entering, then you’d better get cracking.
Discussion Question: Off Screen Antics
In a lot of shows, films, and books, if you don’t actually see a character die, then the odds are they’re not really dead. George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones on HBO) is a pretty good example of this. MINOR SPOILERS Every time a character is said to have died, that character is usually just fine. The same thing is true for when characters fade to black. You think they’re dead, but more often than not, they’re still alive a few chapters – or books – later. END SPOILERS
I think this has a way of conditioning people to mistrust off screen action in a story. If I get faked out enough time by this, I’m not going to believe a character is really dead anymore, at least until I see the body, and maybe not even then.
With that in mind, do you guys think Lou is really dead? Simply abandoned? Perhaps hidden away somewhere that he might be able to survive, but won’t be a burden on the group? Why might Inez do something like that?