Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombie Disposal
I don’t care how bad a survival situation you find yourself in, nobody wants to be surrounded by a bunch of butchered zombie corpses. Not only is it super gross and smelly, but it can also have a number of real consequences, especially when it comes to negatively impacting morale, and the potential as a disease vector. Long story short, you should avoid just leaving piles of bodies lying around, at least not where you eat and sleep.
This naturally begs the question: just what are you supposed to do with the bodies? I mean, if you’re a zombie survival badass, the bodies are probably stacking up like cordwood. You’ve got a couple obvious approaches: bury them, pile them somewhere remote, or burn them. In the vast, vast majority of zombie fiction I’ve seen, burning them seems to be the default choice. I assume that is for two reasons: first, it’s the easier of the three; and second, it just looks cool.
About this Episode:
I’m wrapping up this little story arc pretty quick; this episode is here to show that our survivors are going to be burning the zombies. That way, when we check back with them later on, we shouldn’t expect to see a pile of bodies anymore. I’m doing this primarily because I’ll likely forget otherwise. I’m probably not going to show the bonfire though. We all know where this is going.
Discussion Question: Multicultural Zombie Response
This time, we get another question from BrickVoid, the commenter who catches most of my various typos. Here it goes: We mostly tend to forget that other cultures and societies are out there, cultures or societies that would react differently to attacks on people within their culture or society. So, here’s the question: How do you expect zombie attacks would be handled by different cultures or societies?