Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Gentle Reminder
So, why did the convicts shoot up the van in the previous episode? Wasting bullets? Attracting zombies? Possibly; they do seem the reckless type. The actual reason was primarily for intimidation. They were showing everyone that, not only did they have the guns, but also the ammo and the wherewithal to use them. That, of course, had a couple added benefits, primarily making the vehicle unusable and making sure no one was hiding inside (although opening the door probably would have worked just as well).
This is just one of those things bad guys like to do. And it’s not just limited to bad guys in fiction. Real life monsters can use similar tactics. Take the 9/11 hijackers, for instance. To show the passengers how serious they were, they brutally executed someone. It was horrifying and shocking, and helped dissuade people from immediate action. Thankfully, the bad guys in zombie movies tend to be more dramatic, threatening to feed people to the zeds and whatnot.
About this Episode:
Okay, you guys wanted bullet holes, so I gave you bullet holes. With the way they were blasting into the van, I probably should have used a few more, but I didn’t want to get too excessive.
Besides, this van is going to be in the background for a couple more episodes; I don’t want to spend my every waking hour drawing bullet holes all over the thing in Photoshop.
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Discussion Question: Be the Bad Guy
For this scenario, you’re the villain. How do you take control of the situation and remind those wimpy good guys that you’re willing to do all sorts of nasty stuff to get your way? Assume you have the upper hand here.