Zombie Cliche Lookout: Doing the Difficult Things
There are a lot of formative moments in people’s lives. These are the times where you don’t want to do something, but you know that it’s the right thing to do. Times where you do that difficult thing and become a fuller, more mature person as a result. I’m going to get a little personal with this one; I hope you guys don’t mind.
My moment like this happened when I was thirteen years old. My cousin, who was only a couple of months older than me, died in a snowmobile accident, and I was having a hell of a time with it. When it came time for the wake and the funeral, there was one thing that I was dreading more than anything else: the open casket. My other cousins, and friends of mine from school had talked about this a bit before hand, and the consensus was that it would be horrifying, and that none of us were going to “go look at him”. But as the funeral got closer, I had a nagging thought in my head that told me I would deeply regret it if I didn’t. The day came, and I forced myself to get up and walk up there; to say goodbye to him face to face. It was hard. Terribly hard, but I have always been glad I did it.
About this Episode:
We don’t see Stewart without his hat on very often. I see him as the type of character who uses the hat as a sort of personality shorthand; it’s part of how he sees himself. So coming in to see Brent without it is sort of an act of contrition writ small.
Discussion Question: Should Stewart Feel Guilty?
Stewart is obviously struggling a bit here with the role he played in Brent getting bitten by a zombie. Perhaps he feels a real responsibility, and perhaps this is simply survivor’s guilt. Regardless, it’s a real thing. Now, from your perspective, is this reasonable? Should he feel guilty?