Zombie Cliche Lookout: Nothing is Safe
If there’s one truism about zombie fiction, it’s that nothing is ever truly safe. Indeed, the illusion of safety is one of the most dangerous things survivors have to face (along with the zombies, hostile living humans, lack of clean food and water, poor medical care… I could go on and on). The point is, complacency kills. Survivors who fundamentally understand that there is no place that’s completely safe have a much better chance of living through the stories than those who don’t.
Playing this out logically means that people need to accept the fact that, no matter what their efforts to harden an area, it will never be completely immune to danger. This can play out in a number of ways, from characters obsessing over every detail of something, to people becoming despondent and giving up again what they see as an ultimately futile endeavor. Those of us who enjoy the psychological aspects of zombie fiction find these sort of characters differences fascinating. In a lot of ways, it’s humanity in a microcosm. With zombies.
About this Episode:
This episode is a bit of a transitional one; we’re beginning to move away from the pharmacy and figuring out what Sam is going to do going forward. All they need to do is get everything on his list, and then it’ll be time to make a decision. Of course, that does leave a little time to hash things out between him and Cheryl.
Discussion Question: Sam’s Next Steps
Sam’s had some hard times since he was separated from the group, but he’s also done a lot of growing. He’s started to come to terms with his wife’s death, and that has helped him become much more capable at dealing with the challenges of the zombie apocalypse. Now it seems he’ll have an opportunity to rejoin his old friends, but should he do it? Or should he strike out on his own?