Zombie Cliche Lookout: First Impressions
In the normal, non-zombie apocalyptic world, first impressions with people are a pretty big deal. After all, we tend to, consciously or otherwise, form a lot of deep seated conclusions about a person within the first minute or two of meeting them. And if those initial impressions are negative, it tends to take a lot to change your mental image about someone. That’s often not fair, but that’s just how humans are wired.
Now take this and apply it to a situation in which people are in both considerable danger and are under substantial daily stress. You know, something like a large scale zombie outbreak (a crazy example, I know, but stick with me here). How will that affect people’s first impressions of others? Well, I’m guessing people are going to be a hell of a lot more choosy about who they’re going to trust.
About this Episode:
I went back and forth quite a bit on the setup of this episode. I realize that it’s kind of weird for everyone to allow Henry to be between them and their home. It’s probably not something people living on the edge of survival would do, right? That being said, I’m making this compromise for storytelling reasons. I really wanted to have Henry addressing the crowd in the style of a politician. Sure, the crowd is not as big as one in a political rally, but this guy is clearly someone who sees himself as very smooth and charming. Halfway between a salesman and an incumbent mayor.
Discussion Question: Instant Trust
You are on your own in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, and have been for some time. It’s been rough going. Suddenly, you come across a small group of survivors who appear to have been together for quite some time and have built up a good group dynamic. You need to introduce yourself to them in such a way that they’ll give you a real chance of getting to know them. How do you do that?