Zombie Cliche Lookout: Him or Us
One thing that zombie stories love to do is to push characters to see just how far they would go in order to survive. What’s interesting is that, depending on the story, sometimes characters who are willing to go to all lengths are the heroes, and sometimes they’re the villains.
There is generally a tipping point somewhere in the process. A good person will look after their family and friends, even if that means taking things that don’t belong to them, or not taking unnecessary risks for the sake of strangers. And when that’s not enough, they have a choice to make. Do they continue on an unethical path for the sake of the group, or do they make a stand and try to get by without harming others outright? If that means sacrificing your own group, is that really the moral choice?
About this Episode:
I’m digging this little arc with Inez. I’m trying to make her seem very untrustworthy, but at the same time leaving some doubt in the mind that she might really be telling the truth. Did she honestly try to save Lou, or did she just leave him to seize on the opportunity fate afforded her?
Discussion Question: An Impossible Question?
One thing I hear often from fans of zombies is plans of how they’ll survive and thrive in the zombie apocalypse. Now, these are usually just fun, silly thought exercises, but sometimes people are dead serious about this. I don’t have any problem with planning for emergencies, but it seems like some of these people are really into the idea of thriving in the post-apocalyptic world, and doing so by being as immoral as necessary.
My question is, if someone plans to be morally flexible to get by, does this reflect somehow on their character? Are they being realistic about how they’ll need to be, or are they using this as an excuse to embrace their inner bastard?