Zombie Cliche Lookout: An Alternative Theory
People in our normal, “polite” society often have drastically different views on the same event, imagine just how much worse this will get in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. On top of the horror of trying to not get eaten by the walking dead, people are also going to have to deal with lack of sleep, uncertainty about the people around you, interruptions in the supply of food and water… I could go on and on. Needless to say people’s rationality is going to be one of the first casualties of the zombie uprising.
Based on the above, simple misunderstandings and minor personality conflicts can quickly explode into major problems.
About this Episode:
I hope I’m not boring everyone with this story arc, but I’m enjoying the back and forth with Barb and Clark. They work together quite well when they need to, but ultimately have different goals. With Clark being more of a sole survivor and Barb being group orientated, each character’s general approach to the zombie outbreak is fundamentally different. Those underlying difference would have come to the surface sooner or later, but Vicky and her kids’ disappearing just puts a finer point on things.
On a totally separate note, on my re-read of this write-up, I corrected a bunch of typos. I must have been really tired when I wrote it. Hopefully I caught them all, but I have faith that you guys will let me know if i didn’t.
Discussion Question: Denials
Once again, you’re going to step into Clark’s shoes, but with one major caveat: I’m not going to tell you his actual motivation for leaving Vicky and the kids. With that in mind, how would you craft a denial to Barb’s accusations? Would you change this depending on whether you were actually guilty of abandoning them on purpose? Do you focus on the denial, or the impropriety of being accused in the first place?