Zombie Cliche Lookout: Cliffhanger!
Okay, so this trope is by no means limited to zombie fiction. Like, at all. It shows up everywhere, especially as serialized television shows have become increasingly popular in the last decade or so. I’m talking, of course, ending an episode/season/arc right in the middle of some huge piece of action that leaves one or more characters’ lives in the balance. The Walking Dead literally just pulled this one before going on its annoying mid-season break. We won’t know for a couple of months if that annoying kid Carol threatened gets eaten by zombies. But we can hope.
While this is often annoying, it is a pretty useful tool in the writer’s toolbox. Nothing gets fans engaged and talking about the piece of fiction like making them wait for some big payoff.
About this Episode:
I’m not sure if anyone will even notice, but the zombie that attacks Sam in the last frame is visible in the two frames before it. He was in the first frame too, but ended up getting cropped out for a tighter shot. I don’t mind things seemingly coming out of nowhere, but it’s also fun to subtly set things up.
As you have no doubt already figured out, this will be the last episode of Bricks of the Dead until 2016, because I’m going to be taking some time off to spend with my family during the holidays. But despair not, my friends! We have an awesome guest comic series from Pi3rk, which he tells me is the first episode of a work in progress. I haven’t figured out the schedule just yet, but be sure to check back Monday for the first episode and an outline of the schedule during BotD’s hiatus.
A huge thanks Pi3rk for providing the guest comics!