Zombie Cliche Lookout: Patience Tested
You can only push a person so far before their patience runs out. Some people, like myself, don’t have very far to go before that happens. Others seems to have an almost inexhaustible reserve, but don’t be fooled. Once you add stressors into a situation (lets say fear of zombies, lack of sleep and food, etc.) the amount of patience most of us can summon is pretty minimal.
This tends to come out in two ways in zombies stories. Characters will generally either have a complete breakdown, or they’ll start fighting with each other. Let’s look at Night of the Living Dead for a moment, shall we? Barbara is the first type of person here. She just completely loses it, and becomes catatonic for the majority of the film. Ben, on the other hand, takes out his frustration by constantly butting heads with Cooper. Neither approach works terribly well, but at least Ben’s is still productive.
About this Episode:
So Murphy isn’t dead from last episode’s gunshot, but he might just be badly injured.
Discussion Question: Dangerous Friends
We touched on this subject a bit last week, but I thought it would be interesting to flesh it out into a full discussion question. Ideally, we would be able to carefully choose the people around us in an emergency. For instance, folks like Bo have a well developed plan and tried and true people in his group. However, we won’t always be so lucky as to have things go to plan.
If there is an emergency when we’re outside our normal group, and end up falling in with a random assortment of strangers, how do you handle the people who could be dangerous to the safety of the group? And let’s not assume a leadership role here. People are all different, and many aren’t just going to blindly accept you as the leader, even if you have survival knowledge and experience.