Zombie Cliche Lookout: Extrajudicial Execution
In the zombie apocalypse, the criminal justice system is represented by two equally important concepts: the investigation of the crime, and the punishment of the offender. Often, the two sides are represented by the same person. In a healthy society, this would be considered vigilante justice, and represent a major threat to the rule of law. In the zombie apocalypse, well, you’ve got to take what you can get.
Also, yes, this is my half-assed attempt to satirize the opening of Law and Order in a post-apocalyptic setting. Also, yes, I would totally watch Law and Order: Wasteland.
About this Episode:
A few weeks ago, when I set aside a couple of hours to film all the remaining episodes of Bricks of the Dead, my wife stopped by and noticed the carnage of my photography area. “Hey”, she said, “isn’t this guy in the red hat one of your main characters?” Sure is. “So you killed him?” Yep. “Isn’t that a little cliche? I mean, you seriously killed a main character at the end of a zombie story?”
See? It’s not just you guys who are critical of my writing.
I posted a new blog called “Bricks of the Dead AMA“. I wanted to do a Reddit-style Ask Me Anything about the comic as it’s drawing to an end. Ask your questions in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Discussion Question: How Does this Change Cheryl?
With her actions in today’s comic, Cheryl has gone through a major change. In the past, she’s generally been the pragmatic one, calling for cooperation. Now, she’s ignoring other members of her group, and acting both unilaterally and violently. What does this represent about her character as a whole? And does that change seem fitting given the plot of Bricks of the Dead to date? Finally, could the zombie apocalypse do this to anyone, or are certain people immune from the de-civilizing pressures living in this world would bring?