Zombie Cliche Lookout: Deadly Bite
In zombie stories, getting bitten by a zombie is generally a sure sign of bad news. In many stories, the zombie “disease” – for lack of a better term – is spread by bites. In other stories, the bite is simply extremely deadly, and anyone that dies reanimates. Either way, you really want to avoid getting bitten if you don’t want to turn into a zombie. And honestly, who wants to turn into a zombie?
In the early days of the zombie apocalypse, people usually aren’t too hip to this. The audience, however, tends to know the score. This is usually milked for some cheap and easy tension as the audience waits to see what happens with the bitten character, possibly even taking bets on when they’ll reanimate and screw things up for everyone else.
About this Episode:
After spending quite a bit of time with Murphy and Inez, I figured it was time to check in with Sam and his group of rescuers and/or kidnappers. I’ve been wanting to finish up Sam’s flashback for a while now anyway. Back story is fun.
The Historical Zombie Challenge is now over. Lookout for the winner announcement by the end of the week. There were some really awesome entries, so it’s going to be tough to pick, but that’s just the burden I have to live with.
Discussion Question: What Does the Bite Do?
As mentioned above, in some stories zombie bites spread the outbreak, while in others everyone who dies reanimates. Which approach do you like, and why? Or do you like something completely different? If you go with Option C, don’t be shy with the details.
Personally, I like both approaches. While I obviously went for the “everyone reanimates” route in Bricks of the Dead, I don’t have anything against the other approach.