Zombie Cliche Lookout: Standing On Your Own
When it comes to zombie stories, they tend to come in two flavors: those that find strength in numbers, and those that focus on a sole survivor. From a survival perspective, surviving all on your own seems like a long-term dead end. You’ll have to take more risks, have no one to watch your back, and be all the more careful about things like sleep or using the bathroom.
From a storytelling perspective, however, solo zombie survival stories can work quite well. It’s a lot easier for a person to put themselves into the story when there’s only one character, and that’s a big part of the draw of zombie survival stories. We like to imagine ourselves in these awful situations and how we would do better (or maybe worse) than the actual protagonists.
About this Episode:
When we last saw Sam, he was making an impassioned plea to Emma to come with him. I thought it looked like he was doing a pretty good job of it too. Unfortunately, it looks like he wasn’t able to convince her, so he’s on his own for the time being.
Discussion Question: Zombie Evolution
Today’s Discussion Question comes courtesy of BrickVoid: “If zombies could evolve or mutate, what would they become? Something even more terrifying than the living beings they originally came forth from? Or would they evolve into another species, like the homo-sapiens and other related species did?”
“One of the most challenging tasks of any good writer is to take something fictional and apply known theories to it regarding a certain subject. Zombies being what they are, can’t mate, but does that necessarily mean they can’t mutate their body cells into a new form of zombie? I think not! Think outside the box, not inside of it!”
Once again, this isn’t my question, so I’ll do my best to answer it.
I think this depends a lot on how accurate you’re trying to be. Zombies can’t really evolve in the traditional sense, since they don’t use sexual reproduction to pass their genes – including any possible mutations – along. That said, BV implored us to think outside the box, so I’ll give that a shot. Let’s say that the zombie outbreak is caused by some hitherto unknown contagion. That contagion could certainly mutate, and pass these mutations along to the newly infected.