Zombie Cliche Lookout: Keeping the Door Unlocked
One of the driving needs in a zombie survival scenario is locating new sources of supplies. The important thing to keep in mind is that, unless you are extremely lucky, finding one cache of supplies is only going to help you for a short period of time. And that’s assuming those supplies cover all of your needs. It’s great to find a huge cache of medical supplies, but that won’t do you much good if you’re starving to death.
Because of this, there’s a constant cycle of putting yourself in danger to secure the things you need to survive. Obviously, writers love this, because that cycle makes for writing new conflicts pretty simple. Just substitute in new locations and some random obstacles and you’ve got another story arc. Just like that.
Of course, there are more dangers than just getting killed and zombified while you’re on a supply run. If you’re careful and lucky, you can get in and out without getting murdered. Score one for you. But what happens if, after taking that considerable risk, you return home to find your safe house has been taken over by still more zombies? Well, that’s no good, obviously. And that’s exactly why it’s usually a good idea to leave at least one person behind to ensure that your safe house stays just that: safe.
About this Episode:
Someone mentioned it in the comments last time around, but I think it bears being pointed out: Sam is still armed, but Tara has put down her weapon. But why did she do this? Is she just that confident? Has she not seen enough of the nastiness of the new world to understand the importance of always being armed?
Discussion Question: Shotguns?
Discussion of weapons come up an awful lot when it comes to zombie stories. Second only to perhaps the katana (that I hate) is the shotgun when it comes to effectiveness. Some people say they’re the perfect zombie defense weapon, while others say they’re ill suited. What do you guys think? Is the extra weight and bulky ammunition worthwhile?