Zombie Cliche Lookout: Parental Rule
While the zombie apocalypse is definitely going to make a lot of changes to the way that society is structured and radically upset traditional power dynamics, some things never change. Certain people tend to just have authority baked right into their personalities. This is why police officers and soldiers often end up in leadership positions in zombie stories, They’re used to structure and direction, and people naturally seek that out in times of crisis. In these stories the police officers and soldiers are usually pretty competent and even handed, but that’s not always the case.
Parents will likely have a similar cachet, at least in terms of the immediate or even extended family. This is especially true where the parent and child have a close relationship, or if there is any sense of dependence between the two adults. That dependence can go either way too. Even if the parent is the one who needs the adult child to care for them, they’ll likely still exert a great deal of control over their child.
About this Episode
I know it doesn’t really come across in print, but I really wanted Tara’s single line in this episode to come across as super whiny and undignified. It’s not that I don’t like the character – quite the opposite in point of fact – it’s just that I find the notion of an adult whining like a child, especially in time of crisis, absolutely hilarious. Just a little peek into my psyche for those playing along at home.
Discussion Question: Power Dynamics and Zombies
Building on the cliche lookout above, what other sort of interesting power dynamics do you see coming out of a zombie survival situation? I think this could also build on a previous episode in which we discussed the nature of sexual power imbalance and how that can change outside of our modern, relatively secure civilization.