Zombie Cliche Lookout: Separate Ways
I frequently talk about the importance of community and cooperation when it comes to surviving the zombie apocalypse. I know it’s fun to imagine oneself becoming completely independent, but it’s simply not realistic. Humans are social animals that depend upon one another for a variety of reasons. Obviously, there are the practical concerns. You can get work done more efficiently with multiple people sharing the load, especially where there is any need for specialization in tasks. Security, too, is a major concern. You’ll be much better able to defend yourself in a small group than on your own.
Of course, as with any story, there is more than one side. Sure, you’re typically better off with multiple people than solo, but that isn’t always true. What if, for instance, you were with someone who was really clumsy and loud? They would pose significant danger to you simply by attracting in zombies. Or what if you simply can’t trust your companion(s)? Whatever benefit you draw from being in a group is quickly cancelled out by the constant fear of being betrayed.
About this Episode:
Color balance is off a bit in that last panel. I didn’t notice it when I put the episode together a couple of weeks back. Now it’s kind of driving me nuts. I tried to fix it in Photoshop, but I just keep making it worse.
Discussion Question: Trusting Clark
This time around, you get to be Barb. You don’t know what he did with Vicky and the kids, but you doubt his actual story. Bearing that in mind, what would your actual concerns be about staying with him? What would the risk actually be? And, if you can’t really articulate a risk, would you still feel better being “safe than sorry”?