Zombie Cliche Lookout: Building Trust
We’ve been talking a lot lately about meeting other survivors in the zombie apocalypse, and how it’s both terrifying and potentially life saving. The best way to transition away from terrifying and into partnership is by building trust, which is no easy task. Like all big projects (eating an elephant, as the cliche goes), you have to take things one step at a time. No rational person is going to develop deep, abiding trust in a stranger in a few minutes. That only happens with time and effort.
Of course, this is often not a regularly paced, linear journey. It can easily be derailed. If, for instance, you were to betray someone’s trust and they found out about it, you’d be worse off than when you started. Not only will you have to re-earn that trust, but you’ll now be working against your own dishonest history. In the zombie apocalypse, there might not be time for all that.
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Stewart’s peevish expression is really coming in handy for these interactions. He looks annoyed, which I think really sells the fact that he doesn’t trust these people quite yet. It’s not when a character’s face contributes to the mood. Often, and especially with Stewart, this isn’t the case. Since I can’t substitute other faces on account of his sunglasses, Stewart always looks irritated, which doesn’t always match the mood of the story.
Discussion Question: Baby Steps Toward Trust
Let’s say you’re in a situation not dissimilar to Stewart’s. How could you work with other survivors to build trust, especially if they’ve disarmed you, and also outnumber you? Now, what if the shoe is on the other foot? Let’s say your zombie survivor group has disarmed someone for your own safety, what can you do to convince them that you’re friendly?