Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Same as Murder
In a zombie story, you’ve got a couple of choices when dealing with an enemy. You can kill them outfight, force them out, or forgive them. Let’s say you’re not up for killing or forgiveness, so that person is out. Now you have another decision to make: do they get to take anything with them? It’s not a terribly easy question to answer, especially when you consider all the factors that can influence your decision. How long have they been in the group? Did they bring supplies with them? How will others in the group react to them being forced out? How will they react to someone leaving and taking supplies? I could go on and on.
The trouble is that isn’t just a simple moral choice. Booting someone out on their own with no supplies might just be a death sentence, but giving them items your group might later need could doom you down the road. There’s not really an easy choice here, which is why it shows up so frequently in zombie stories.
About this Episode:
I tried to show Emma’s difficult decision with her facial expression. I would have liked to “soften” it a bit, and add another expression between angry and scared/concerned, but there are only so many female faces available, unfortunately.
I’m very happy to report that I’m finally getting out of my boot/soft cast this week. According to my doctor, I can slowly phase it out over the next few days. The first time I walked on it without the boot, it felt very, very strange. My leg feels very rubbery and weak. It’ll likely take some time before I’m back to normal.
Oh, and I almost forgot: I’ll be announcing the winner of the game giveaway in Mondays’ comic, so look out for that.
Discussion Question: Is it Murder?
Sticking with the theme of today’s episode, I wonder if you guys would agree that kicking a person out of group without supplies in the midst of the zombie apocalypse is tantamount to murder.
I go back and forth on this one, and would love to see some other insight.