Zombie Cliche Lookout: Over-Penetration
When it comes to dispatching zombies, guns can be incredibly effective. Provided you’re able to hit the brain and the calibre and load are sufficient, a gun can take out a zombie with only a couple of pounds of pressure. Of course, there are an awful lot of drawbacks. Perhaps the most important is that marksmanship is a skill that many people simply don’t possess, rendering the firearm significantly less effective, and greatly reducing the advantage of range. Furthermore, they require ammo and need to be maintained. A broken or empty gun is of very little use against the zombies. They’re also very loud. This can cause a number of issues, first, the noise can draw in more of the undead. Second, it might deafen the user temporarily, causing them to potentially miss auditory clues of nearby zombies and putting them at further risk.
Finally, and clearly most relevant to this episode, a bullet does not simply stop when it hits its target. Depending on a variety of factors (velocity, density of the target material, etc.), the round can pass right through and hit whatever happens to be behind it.
About this Episode:
Poor Ted is having a hell of a time here. Not only did he get a mouthful of zombie gore a couple of episodes ago, now he’s been shot by Clark. Not intentionally, of course, but that doesn’t really make him any less shot.
Discussion Question: Infection Vectors
So Ted is trouble from two different angles right now. We know that bites and scratches from zombies cause an infection that kills, and from that perhaps we can assume this is linked to some sort of fluid transfer. With that in mind, do you think ingesting zombie fluids, as Ted did, would be sufficient to infect him? What about being struck with a bullet that has just passed through a zombie?