Episode 552: Voluntary Hostage

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Leave One Behind

When new people are introduced to a group, there’s always a period of mistrust. This is one of those essential parts of human nature that we see in day to day life, and one that we can expect to become much more prevalent in a zombie survival situation. I’m no expert, but I would imagine that this is deeply ingrained behavior, harkening back to the days of prehistory when people had to depend on the other people in their group for their day to day survival.

When someone or, even worse, a group of new people arrive, it’s hard to tell whether you can count on them. Your inner caveman/woman won’t want to. They’re not a part of the tribe, and counting on them to get you through dangerous situations is unthinkable. That can all come back out in a zombie survival situation, which makes things very difficult for small groups who might need help from larger groups. Often, they must prove themselves, and a popular choice for doing that – at least in fiction – is by leaving hostages.

About this Episode:

I had a pretty rough day today, I think you guys should expect a good deal of typos. I always try my best to make as few errors as possible (once an English major, always an English major).

Discussion Question: Zombies and Dogs?

How would dogs react to zombies? Would they sense them as a danger? Smell some sort of “otherness” about them and avoid them altogether? People say that dogs can sense a lot about a person, and that people who are liked by dogs tend to be good people. I don’t know how much I believe that, but I’m curious how it might apply to zombies.

This is also likely to change in a long-term zombie survival scenario, when the majority of surviving dogs will have long gone feral. As a pack, how would they deal with the zeds?



Typo alert, Zombie Cliche Lookout, first paragraph, last sentence: “group from their day” from–>for 😀

Same section, second paragraph, fifth sentence: “call all come back out call–>can 😉

About This Episode: “to day”–>today (remove space) 😀

Much fewer typos today, Dave’s getting better! 😀


Regarding today’s episode, I guess we’re going to find out just how much we can trust Michael. 😀 That is, of course, assuming there isn’t a horde of zombies between them and the truck! 😀 Hopefully Dave won’t let them interfere too much, but I wouldn’t believe it possible without them encountering at least one zombie! 😀


Michael and Joy are temporary characters, so they won’t be around too much longer. As for how much we can trust them, I guess that remains to be seen.


I would imagine a dog would treat the zombie as any other form of dead animal. Dogs are highly smell-orientated.


Or they’d drag a piece of it off to a hole they’d dug and bury it! 😉 I wish LEGO had cooler dog models that you could actually do more poses with, as it stands there is only one thing a dog could represent, but if they invaded Dave’s webcomic, they’d probably bury all of these zombies roaming around, and our heroes would be coming across strange moaning noises under the ground! 😀

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