Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unexpected Returns
When someone leaves the group in the midst of a zombie outbreak, the odds of them coming back are pretty slim. Let’s not waste too much time discussing the obvious (there are zombies out there, and they are really, really dangerous), and just focus on a couple of other potential issues with someone coming back.
First of all, we need to look at why they’re leaving in the first place. In most stories, this is because the group needs something, and it’s important enough for someone to risk their lives to try to get. Other times, the person leaving has some personal bugaboo to deal with. In still others, they leave the group, voluntarily or otherwise, to redeem themselves from past indiscretions. In all of these cases, the person who leaves is going to have to take more chances than a cautious person would in order to fulfill their reason for departing in the first place.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the remaining survivors are likely going to be barricaded in somewhere, making coming and going a difficult process. If they happen to have zombies surrounding their hideout at the time, getting the person back inside safely is going to be really tough.
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Tara is making some assumptions here. After all, it could be a zombie or a hostile survivor knocking at the door.
Discussion Question: Reclaiming Lost Knowledge
BrickVoid suggested today’s discussion question in the previous comic, and I thought it was a really interesting one. It doesn’t really relate to today’s episode, but that’s okay. I’d be worried that I’d lose track of it if I kept it too long. Here’s what he asked:
“I have a Discussion Question of sorts, and it’s a fairly good one: Let’s say your community of people in a zombie apocalypse has evolved to the point where you’re after specialized jobs for particular purposes. Your initial band of survivors that founded this community was good, but lacks in key elements needed to progress to more specialized industry that you’ll need for surviving the zombie apocalypse. You also need a way to relearn lost skills and knowledge. How would you go about planning acquisitions for what you lack?”