Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dwindling Threat
At the beginning of a zombie breakout, every single zombie is a huge threat to a person’s survival. But it doesn’t last very long. Soon, survivors become capable of handling themselves against single zombies, and even small groups. It’s probably not worth taking the risks to face off against them when they’re generally so easy to avoid, but it’s nice to know it’s possible should the need arise.
The thing I find really interesting about this trope is the fact that there are two very good reasons for it. First, survivors are simply getting better about surviving. They’re adapting to the challenges of this new world. The second reason is more compelling: fewer people are being killed, because those who were either incapable of rapidly adapting, or simply unlucky, have largely already been killed off at this point.
About this Episode:
I spent a good bit of time tweaking Clark’s dialog in this episode, and I’m especially happy with the third panel, in which he states “There wasn’t anything to be done.” I used the passive voice here to try to make him sound more weaselly and less willing to take any personal responsibility for the situation. It wasn’t that he couldn’t do anything, but rather that there was simply nothing that could be done in the situation. He’s divorcing himself from any of the blame for whatever happened to Vicky and the kids. This is, in my mind, one of his more well developed survival skills.
Discussion Question: Games
Clark, as several of you have observed, should be more than capable of dealing with a single zed. He didn’t. Instead, he left a mother and two young children in peril. The question is why? Has he legitimately lost his nerve, or is he working at something more complicated than that?