Zombie Cliche Lookout: Mutual Distrust
The thing about meeting strangers in the zombie apocalypse is that, if they’re smart, they’re going to be just as afraid of you as you are of them. Just as you can assume all sorts of horrible things about them, they can assume the exact same thing about you. They don’t know if you’re armed, if you’re infected, or if you’re hostile. That means you have to prove yourselves to them just as much as they’re trying to do with you.
Oh, and if you happen to be disarmed and at their mercy, getting them to prove their lack of hostility is going to be a challenge. I don’t get who you are; if someone holds you against your will, you’re going to think poorly of them. It doesn’t matter how logically you usually look at situations, you’ll be out of sorts and ascribing any number of hostile machinations to them, at least until they demonstrate that they’re not outwardly hostile.
About this Episode:
I want to leave a bit of ambiguity to these characters. They might just be fellow survivors trying to get by, or they might be hostiles looking for for their next victims.
Monday is the Memorial Day holiday here in the US, so there will be no comic. We’ll start back up with reviews on Tuesday and a new episode on Wednesday. As always, thanks for your understanding.
Discussion Question: Trust Games
Continuing the theme of meeting strangers, how would you both prove your own trustworthiness, and figure out whether you could trust a stranger in the zombie apocalypse? How would this be complicated by one side surprising the other, or disarming them? Could you come to trust someone who took away your means to defend yourself? Could you expect someone else to do the same?