Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Real Dead
One of the more horrifying aspect of zombies as a monster is that they turn their victims into more zombies. That means your friends and loved ones can and will reanimate and try to murder you. Early on during the zombie outbreak, people are really going to struggle with this. They’ll get killed because they can’t bring themselves to attack a zombie that used to be their wife. Eventually, people will realize that there is nothing left of that person in the zombie, but the carnage will be pretty bad in the meantime.
Naturally, most people don’t like the idea of themselves coming back from the dead and attacking their own loved ones. Because of this, it’s a common trope for the other survivors to make sure they won’t reanimate.
About this Episode:
I wanted to do some bandages around Murphy’s leg to help sell the seriousness of his injury, but the few things I tried just looked dumb. So take my word for it, he’s really not feeling very well here.
Also, I know this is supposed to be a more serious sort of episode, but I just couldn’t resist using that face on Sam. Damn do I love that face.
Discussion Question: What About Your Body?
There’s an assumption in zombie fiction that nobody wants to come back (except for Ed from Shaun of the Dead, of course). But in reality, would that be true? Sure, you probably wouldn’t want to be responsible to getting other living humans killed while you’re a zed, but once the zombie apocalypse progresses far enough, that becomes sort of an academic concern, doesn’t it? So the question is, how important is it to you that your body doesn’t reanimate after you die? Is that something that the other survivors absolutely need to do, or is it something they should try for if they get a chance?