Zombie Cliche Lookout: While You Were Out
One thing that I like about zombie fiction is the way that it amplifies the stresses and strangeness of everyday life. It’s always weird coming back to the office after a week off and getting up to speed on all the things you’ve missed. Imagine if someone was fired while you were gone? It really messes with your comfort level for a little while, making it so that you have to re-acclimate.
Well, the zombie apocalypse is the same way, only bigger and badder. Instead of you being on a family vacation to Branson Missouri or Dollywood (I’m not judging here, you be you), you were out risking your ass to get critical supplies for the rest of the group. And instead of Teddy from customer support getting fired for being late for the twentieth time, Judy was torn to shreds by a pack of zombies. Oh, and the rest of the group only managed to escape because the zeds were fighting over Judy’s corpse.
About this Episode:
A huge thank you to everyone who pointed out that Sam didn’t know about Shannon being killed. For some reason I had it in my notes that Cheryl already told him. Your comments caused me to look back in the archives and realize just how wrong I was. It would have been pretty damn weird for them to just completely ignore the death of a quarter of the initial group of characters. Sure, I could have passed it off like Cheryl and Sam discussed it in the car, but that would have been lame.
Discussion Question: Big Changes
What’s your favorite nasty surprise that a character returns to in a zombie story? After all, characters getting separated from the group is a pretty standard trope within the genre, so their inevitable reunion is sure to introduce some interesting changes.