Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Escape
There’s no more classic zombie survival scenario than being stuck inside with a ravenous horde of zombies outside. There’s no way to run, so the only thing left to do is button up and hope you can keep the zombies from getting inside. Easier said than done, of course. Granted, even if you’re able to prevent the zombies from breaking through your barricades, that’s not the end of your troubles. There’s always the issue of supplies, or lack thereof. Without a way to come and go, getting more food, water, and other necessities is impossible.
By way of example, I’d offer two, slightly different takes on this same trope. The first is the classic Night of the Living Dead, where the survivors barricade a small farmhouse, but are unable to get along inside, ensuring that no matter how strong their barricades, they were doomed to fail. My second example is I Am Legend, and I’m speaking of the book, not the Will Smith film from a few years back. In it, a single survivor must barricade himself inside by night, when the vampires try to devour him, but is free to move about by day. It’s quite different from Night of the Living Dead, but, interestingly enough, was the inspiration for the George A Romero film that started zombie subgenre we all know and love.
About this Episode:
I’ve been wanting to do a “siege” storyline since I started the comic, but didn’t want to use the main characters for it so that I could keep them available for more dynamic stories. This B-Team, however, is perfect for attempting to survive a siege.
Discussion Question: Attempting to Escape?
Let’s say you find yourself trapped inside a house, with a huge mass of zombies outside. You’re relatively safe for now, but your supplies won’t last forever. What’s your plan? Do you stay put and hope for rescue, or mount a dangerous escape mission to ensure you don’t starve to death?