Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Gesture of Trust
Now that the initial tensions have died down a little bit (okay, a very, very little bit, but bear with me here), it’s time for one party of zombie survivors to make a gesture of trust toward the others. Now, if either party wound up with the upper hand in the initial meeting, it should be them that makes the gesture. After all, they’re in a position of power, so they have less to lose. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way, and the overpowered party might have to take a bit of a gamble with these new people.
Either way, the gesture itself is what’s important. It’s the first step in forming a bond between two groups of people. Both parties have the same macro-level goal of surviving the zombie apocalypse, but to do so they need to be comfortable that the other group won’t endanger them with some of their other goals. Once one side makes a gesture, and shows that they’re willing to trust the other, things can start to progress forward toward an actual relationship. Of course, a lot can derail that process, but we’re making progress anyway.
About this Episode:
I don’t know why, but I’m having a hell of a time keeping Michael on his feet when shooting these episodes. It seems like any tiny wobble on the table sends him toppling over. Other than the pistol in his hand, he’s weighted just like Stewart, with the same backpack and a baseball hat. It’s bizarre.
Discussion Question: Making a Trusting Gesture?
If you just meet another group of survivors, and need to make some sort of gesture of trust to try to win them over, what would it be? How would you balance showing your trust with not putting yourself at too much risk? Or would you not be that willing, and dig in your heels to force the other side to take that first step?