Zombie Cliche Lookout: Setting the Stakes
The zombie apocalypse sets the stakes pretty high in general. All it takes is one mistake for a person to get bitten and eventually need to be killed, or turned into another zombie. With that in mind, another external (i.e. non-zombie) threat has to be pretty serious to register against the general levels of danger people who have survived this long have come to cope with. So what better way to establish a villain than to quickly roll out all the ways in which he is an immediate and major threat that needs to be addressed.
Also, the above is a bit of an overstatement. While the zombies are certainly a huge danger, any of the smaller problems survivors face could spell doom. Run out of potable water? You’re dead. Let an injury get infected? You’ve got major problems. Don’t keep necessary supplies safe and guarded? You’re taking huge risks, buddy.
About this Episode:
So I’m definitely trying to build up Gus as a physically intimidating person. In my mind he’s tall and broad. He might be a bit (or a lot) overweight, but there’s plenty of muscle there under the fat. But here’s the problem: LEGO figures come in basically two sizes. You have normal sized figures, and slightly smaller sized figures. Sure, there have been a handful here and there they skewed the proportions a bit (remember the Toy Story figures of Woody and Jess?), but that’s about it as far as variety goes. I suppose I could put some blocks under Gus’ feet to make him bigger, but that seems like a pretty inelegant solution compared to just embracing the sameness of the LEGO minifigure, and having characters comment to the contrary.
Discussion Question: How Bad Does Gus Sound
So you’ve heard from these characters what Gus has been up to. To be fair, more has been implied than stated outright, but roll with that please. With these facts outlined in front of you, just how bad of an hombre does Guy seem to you?