Zombie Cliche Lookout: Preamble
In most genres where there are action sequences, and this can often include horror, someone has to make a big damn speech to rally the troops for the challenges they are about to face. Or sometimes the speech has a different purpose. For instance, it might be a call for cooperation, a demand for justice, or even a heartfelt plea for trust and understanding. We’re seeing the latter in this case. Henry is here to plead his case to the group because they need help. He realizes that he’s negotiating from a point of weakness, which is why he’s overcompensated so much with his passive-aggressive intimidation tactics. He wants to be perceived as strong so he isn’t dismissed out of hand. That said, he can’t simply go in and make demands with this group. He has to actually sell them on the compromise he’s looking for.
About this Episode:
So let’s talk about Russell really quickly, shall we? I noted in a previous episode that this was a character that I had envisioned as bitter and a little angry, but a commenter pointed out that he didn’t see this at all. In fact, he saw Russell as pretty laid back. I’m pretty curious about this disconnect, and I’ve given it some though. Russell was a bit of a hard ass earlier on, but now that he knows the group better he’s been pretty easy going. He helped Cheryl go get the medication for Murphy, and was fairly tender with Stewart when he was digging the grave. But with outsiders like Henry? All bets are off.
Discussion Question: Negotiating Tactics
Henry is clearly looking for help. And not just with something simple like helping him move; he’s going to be asking people who don’t know him to risk their safety for him. That’s a hell of a big ask. Obviously, we know how he approached this, but how would you do it? Your group needs help, and the BotD characters are the only ones nearby that are capable of lending a hand. Convince them.