Zombie Cliche Lookout: Negotiation from a Point of Weakness
In recent years I have starved to embrace something that I’ve long avoided: negotiation. I don’t know why, but it was something I was always pretty uncomfortable with, but I somehow overcame that and try to negotiate everything I can these days, from my rent payment to my salary. One thing that I’ve learned along that way is that, if you’re going to negotiate, you need to have something for leverage. With the new house I moved to, I was able to leverage my willingness to sign a two year contract to get the landlord to shave a couple hundred bucks off the rent. Sometimes you have to get a little creative, but you can generally find something to use.
And then there are those times when you can’t. You’re not willing to give up your side, but you also know you have nothing to really offer the argument. What’s left to do but negotiate anyway, out of spite if nothing else.
About this Episode:
I returned Sam to his previous, more serious expression in the first two panels. The idea here was to convey he had developed a bit of confidence thanks to grabbing Abe’s rifle. Then, when Abe rebukes him, he’s right back into his enraged state.
A quick health update: I got all my sutures out yesterday morning, and my x-rays are looking good. If all goes to plan, I’ll be able to put weight on the broken leg in two weeks. Fingers crossed.
Discussion Question: Will Sam Shoot?
You all had to see this coming, especially after the non-official discussion question in the last episode. So what do you think, regardless of whether the gun is loaded, unloaded, jammed, clear, etc., will Sam actually pull the trigger if Abe won’t back down? And, if he does, how does that change the way you view Sam?