Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unlikely Savior
You know what’s fun? When the monster can become the hero, even if – or maybe especially when – it isn’t even intentional. Say what you will about zombies as monsters, but one nice thing about them is that they don’t discriminate. You won’t find racist zombies that won’t eat minorities, or elitist zombies that only go after trust-fund babies. Zombies eat what’s available, and sometimes what’s available is a bad guy making things tough for our heroes.
About this Episode:
So we have a fairly important reveal here about the nature of the zombie infection in Bricks of the Dead (one that there’s been a fair amount of speculation on): if you die, you become a zombie. It doesn’t matter if you were bitten or not, the recently dead reanimate (unless they died due to massive brain trauma, of course).
Discussion Question: Does the Bad Guy Know He’s a Bad Guy
And here’s another discussion question pulled directly from the comments (you guys are great for this): does the villain know they’re the villain?
My gut reaction here is to say no. The villain has his/her own motivations and goals, and his/her own ethical guidelines. Based on that, they will likely recognize and adversarial relationship with the “hero”, but not necessarily believe they’re the bad guy. And furthermore, they may be right. We relate to the hero because they’re the center of our fictional world-view. Just because another character is in conflict with the hero doesn’t necessarily make one right and the other wrong.
On the other hand, I think people frequently do unethical things to further their own ends. They consciously make the decision to be “bad”, for lack of a better term. Do they think of themselves as villains or bad guys? Probably not, but they do know that what they’re doing is unethical.
So what do you guys think?