Zombie Cliche Lookout: Actions & Consequences
I’m going to get a little personal in this discussion of zombie cliches, and it’s going to veer a ways away from horror movies for a bit, but I’ll get back to it; just bear with me. I have two young children, and my wife and I work very hard to raise them well. Obviously, we take care of the essentials first: all their needs are met. Beyond that, though, we want to prepare them to be successful in a world where that’s not always easy. One big thing that we try to deal with is getting them to link their actions with the consequences that come from them. This is fairly doable when it comes to immediate and short term consequences, but the long term is something we’ll be continuing to work on for a while.
This isn’t unique to our kids, or even kids in general. I know plenty of adults who have trouble tracking the results of their actions over any extended time frame. I’m guilty of it myself at times.
So what does this have to do with zombies? I would say that it’s an extremely valuable, and often under-recognized survival tool. We all understand the immediate consequences of, say, missing a zombie’s head with your last round. But what about the long term effects of something like trampling your garden in a rush to take out a zombie that managed to wander onto your property? Survival is a tricky thing, and one small misstep could doom you weeks of months down the road. The worst part is, you won’t even realize it until you’re too late.
About this Episode:
I know the color is off on the third panel; I did the same thing with this one as the last one. I’ve got it in my backlog to fix it, along with last Wednesday’s comic. I was just sick this weekend so I didn’t get around to it.
Discussion Question: We’re Screwed, Eventually
Sticking with the cliche lookout above, what is your favorite time something like that happened in a zombie story? What little thing did a character do or not do that put them in harm’s way later in the story?