Zombie Cliche Lookout: Go Home
When the zombies show up, it will be time to seriously re-examine your priorities. Before the zombies, having a good career was something that many of us put a lot of stock in. After the zombies show up, going to work is a good way to get your face eaten by a horde of the walking dead. It’s a paradigm shift, and you’d better shift fast, or you’ll end up as Grade A Zombie Chow.
If nothing else, zombies will simplify life. Priorities will be pretty basic: safety from zombies, potable water, food, keeping your group together, etc. No more worrying about college credits, qualifying for a mortgage, or getting your kids into a good school district.
About this Episode:
Judging by the comments, the boss character (who is known as “Old Man” in my scripts), isn’t super sympathetic. I’m not sure if this episode will change things or not, but for me it makes him at least conscious of the harm he’s potentially done.
Discussion Question: Zombie Children
When AMC’s The Walking Dead premiered, it got a lot of attention for Rick shooting a zombie child in the show’s opening. Say what you will about the show, but it set a certain tone by including children, where other zombie stories are careful to avoid this. There are probably a lot of reasons to avoid it, but I’m guessing that it changes the tone away from “survival porn” when you start seeing a bunch of reanimated kids.
The question is, does it bother you when zombie children are included, or excluded from a given story?
I’ll weigh in on this one. I don’t mind it when people skip the zombie kids. When done well, it can definitely add to the horror, but usually they’re only included for shock value. Is avoiding kid zombies realistic? No, but I’m okay with that.