Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Strength of Denial
No one likes dealing with uncomfortable truths, but one sign of maturity is that person will prefer the ugly truth to the comforting lie, or at least have the ability to cope with those truths. Of course, any crisis is a crucible to test our coping abilities. Many fail this test, and will simply refuse to admit the truth of the situation. They will continue moving along in whatever trajectory they were already on, even if that will lead to obvious disaster. This presents itself in a number of different ways in the zombie genre, but the most obvious example is where a person will hide a zombie bite despite knowing what the long term consequences of that bite are.
About this Episode:
I’m not sure how clearly this came out, but my idea with the first panel was that Vicky was jumping in front of her kids to prevent the zombie from getting to them. If you recall, Teddy was in between Vicky and the zed in the previous episode.
Also, if you look closely in the second panel, you can see that Vicky has lost her weapon after being tackled by the zombie; it’s in the lower left portion of the frame. Things aren’t looking good for her.
Discussion Question: Doomed to Fail
One of the staples of the zombie genre is that survivors typically stay alive due to some sort of positive characteristic about themselves. Sometimes it’s that they are virtuous and morally right. Other times it’s that they have an innate sense of mental toughness. Regardless, characters are firmly divided into two camps: those that can hack it, and those that cannot. For today’s discussion question, I want to talk about that latter group. What about a person would push them into the majority of the population that just isn’t destined to survive the zombie outbreak?