Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unsettling Silence
One of the more effective ways to show off a character’s mindset is through non-verbal means, and you can get much more non-verbal than just not talking at all. Generally speaking, when characters in stories don’t talk, it means only a handful of things. If silence is their normal modus operandus, it probably means that they are very insecure, and just don’t like talking. If they’re normally gregarious, silence means they’re sad. If they’re somewhere in the middle, like Sam here, odds are they are being very introspective, or they are really upset about something.
Oh, and sometimes it just means that the character is crazy and dangerous. They’re being quiet because they’re scheming, or they’re trying to hide the fact that they’re completely insane. Maybe a bit of both.
You want to watch out for the crazy ones and the normal ones who are suffering through something, although for obviously different reasons. Your crazies are straight up dangerous and are likely to try to pull something. If you can spot them early enough, you can probably spot them. The normal people are a bit trickier. It’s hard to say what they’re going to do with their feelings. They could channel them productively, or they might let them drag them down into suicidally stupid risks.
About this Episode:
I know this background is super basic and boring, but I really like the way the green and tan walls like and backdrops to the characters. I think they kind of look like pop art, which is sort of fun.
Discussion Question: What’s Worst Time for a Zombie Outbreak?
The zombies are coming. You know it. I know it. We can do our best to prepare, but they can still surprise us. That said, what would the worst time be for a zombie outbreak. I’d like to keep this one pretty open, so answers like “the middle of the night”, “on the hotest day of the year”, or “right after I give blood” are all acceptable, provided you tell us why.