Zombie Cliche Lookout: Concessions
Negotiating in the midst of a zombie apocalypse is going to look a lot like negotiating anywhere else. You want to come to the table with strength, and put the other side in a position where they have to compromise. This is the ideal, of course. In reality, you’ll rarely be in a position to negotiate on such terms. Rather, you’ll likely be coming to the table as equals, or even at a pronounced disadvantage. And in when you’re dealing with a zombie outbreak, the stakes tend to be pretty high, so suck it up and do the best you can.
Of course, the zombie issue can act as a bit of an equalizer too. Sure, one side of the negotiations might hold most of the cards, but at the end of the day you both have to deal with the undead. And, if they’re negotiating at all, that means they need something from you.
About this Episode:
So far, Henry has been a bit of an asshole. Well, maybe the “a bit” part isn’t true; he’s just been an asshole. He comes into the group and immediately sets to intimidate them all in a few different ways. So why the sudden reversal? Well, what better way to take people off guard to drop a huge surprise on them?
Discussion Question: Romance in the Zombie World
So today is Valentine’s Day, at least it is here in the US. I’m honestly not sure how much of the rest of the world celebrate this particular holiday. Regardless, we’re going to use that for the theme of our discussion question today. How do you think romantic relationships will work in a survival situation? Will people be less willing to form long-term bonds with the threat of constant death, or will that push people together all the quicker? How about pregnancy? Will people be trying to avoid getting pregnant, or focusing on re-population? How will the stress of daily survival affect people’s ability to both build relationships and have babies?