Zombie Cliche Lookout: Back on Your Own
We talk a lot about having a community of people in order to survive the zombie apocalypse, but survival is also a very personal thing. At the end of the day, no matter how many people you surround yourself with, everything comes down to you. I think that’s one of the reasons so many zombie stories like to break characters off from the group for a while. Not the biggest reason, of course. The biggest reason is that one person on their own is much more vulnerable, and horror thrives on vulnerability, but I digress.
Having a character separated from the group is a way of making them prove themselves. Or not. After all, not every character survives their solo trip. But let’s focus on those that do for the purpose of this write up. People have their strengths and weaknesses, and in most cases we’re able to get along just fine, despite these weaknesses. Once all of the safeguards of civilization are removed, and the new landmines of zombies and hostile survivors are introduced, our weaknesses can become quite deadly indeed. Survival, then, comes down to mitigating them, working with what we have, and a good deal of luck.
About this Episode:
While Tara twice talks to Sam, wishing him safety and luck, Sam is silent. I hope this doesn’t come across as him being rude, or trying to be the silent, tough guy hero. What I was going for here was him steeling himself for what he was about to do. Going back outside was extremely dangerous, and he’s doing it for people he barely knows. That’s a big undertaking.
Discussion Question: Deadly Weaknesses
Building on the zombie cliche lookout above, what weakness do you have that could turn into a giant liability in a zombie survival situation?