Zombie Cliche Lookout: Deathbed Interviews
It is said that no one is more honest than a person on their death bed. Even the US justice system takes this into account, with special cases to admit hearsay as evidence when it comes to a person’s “dying declaration”. The assumption being that there is nothing holding that person back from being honest; after all, they’re mere moments away from dying. That said, I don’t really buy it. Just because you’re dying doesn’t mean you don’t have motivation to lie anymore. You could very well lie to protect loved ones you’re leaving behind, or perhaps allow them to profit from your misdeeds. Or maybe you just want to build a legacy for yourself, telling tall tales on your death bed for the benefit of future biographers.
When it comes to zombie fiction, there are now two different kinds of death beds. There’s the traditional one, where someone who is sick or injured waits for the inevitable. But then there’s also the victim of a zombie bite, who must wait for the zombie infection to take them, and trust that their friends are good enough to ensure that they don’t come back.
About this Episode:
We’ve been making a lot of assumptions about Brent and how he might be reacting to his zombie bite death sentence. I figured it was time to simply come out and ask him. I guess now I’d better get building that cabin bedroom.
Discussion Question: Joy and Michael
BrickVoid suggested making this a discussion question, and I think that’s an excellent idea. I’m curious what everyone here thinks should happen with our guest characters, Joy and Michael. Should they disappear, never to be seen again? Leave with the possibility of coming back at some point? Get eaten by zombies? Betray the group and try to steal all their supplies? Let me know!