Zombie Cliche Lookout: Gun Safety, Or Lack Thereof
I grew up in a house with guns in it. My dad was an occasional hunter and shooter, and had a few guns safely stored around the house. As soon as I was old enough to show an interest in them, off we went to do some shooting, book-ended with lots and lots of gun safety. I was taught not to keep my finger on the trigger. To treat every gun like it was loaded and always point it in a safe direction. That I was personally responsible for every round that exited the barrel of the gun when I was using it, so I’d better make damn sure I knew where it was going and what might be behind my intended target. If I wasn’t 100% sure it was a safe shot then I didn’t take it.
Naturally, I assumed every kid had this sort of experience with their dads. Gun safety is pretty important, after all. That’s why I’m always so horrified to see the way characters treat firearms in TV shows and movies. They’re constantly running around with their fingers on the triggers, pointing them wherever. Characters are more concerned with striking cool poses than being responsible. And that’s why I always like it when a little bit of reality gets injected into the story, like the infamous scene in Pulp Fiction with Marvin.
About this Episode:
Poor Abe has had a hell of a time. First, he wasn’t able to convince Sam to see things his way. Then he gets into a fight. Then he’s shot and killed. And, now that he’s turned into a zombie, he’s lost all his facial hair and his eye patch. This is, of course, due to a lack of zombie heads with facial hair and eye patches, which I admit is a pretty niche need.
Discussion Question: Where’s the Bullet Going?
So I tried to be a bit tricky with this one and not show the immediate aftermath of Danny’s shot. He gets bitten and fires accidentally, but what or who does that bullet hit? Does it take out Clem? Emma? Does it hit the wall harmlessly, or perhaps ricochet off and take out Sam?