Zombie Cliche Lookout: Justified Killing?
We’re going to continue along the justice train in this episode, where we ask that perennial zombie survival question: is killing ever justified? Let’s tackle the obvious first and assume that, in cases of true self-defense, then the action is justified. But what about when your life isn’t on the line? How about situations where a wrong needs to be righted, but there is no longer any law enforcement to do the job? Or how about when someone is a potential danger, and you worry that letting them lose will just give them an opportunity to attack you down the road? Where do you draw the line?
In most zombie stories, this comes down to what kind of person the main character is. If it’s a traditional hero, they’re not going to kill unless they have to. Gritty dramas might make the killing something that needs to be done, but that the hero doesn’t relish. And then there are the anti-heroes, who just kill and don’t worry so much about justification.
About this Episode:
It’s been bothering me for a bit know that Clem’s name hasn’t yet been mentioned in the comic, so I was pretty happy to find an excuse to use it.
Also, I’m playing around with my lighting setup a bit, so you may notice some differences here. I’m not sold on the new setup just yet, but one thing that I really like is that the shadow cast by Clem’s hat is more pronounced,which makes him look more threatening.
Discussion Question: So, Is There Justifiable Killing?
I’m sure you all saw this one coming: taking a queue from the zombie cliche lookout, do you believe that there is just thing as a justifiable killing? Again, let’s completely ignore self-defense, since that’s sort of a special circumstance.