Jadis and the Scavengers are the perfect examples of adapting to the landscape. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of living in a junkyard.
The view from Up Up Up said it all: The Scavengers have a vast kingdom all to themselves. It may look like a bunch of trash, but as the old expression goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
We’ve talked about places you’d want to be during an apocalypse, and we’ve also talked about places that would make terrible shelters. The sweet spot seems to be places that are far enough away from the beaten path so as to not draw lots of people, places that can be defended, and places that can be useful. The Scavengers chose (or were forced to choose) the junkyard as their shelter. You can imagine that the junkyard wasn’t the first place on their list of places to go, but it seems to be working for them.
I wouldn’t imagine that many people would flock to the junkyard, so this makes it a potentially ideal place to build a community. Junkyards have lots of “stuff” that could be used to build walls and barriers. Junkyards have every kind of metal you can imagine. Making weapons would be a lot easier with metal than wood, so that’s one big benefit. Building strong structures with sheets of metal could also be another benefit.
However, a junkyard will be sorely lacking in creature comforts, as evidenced by the Scavengers’ surly expressions. Negan was living pretty large at the Sanctuary, but even he was thrilled at wall to wall carpet and running water in Alexandria. The Scavengers are surrounded by metals and trash. It’s little wonder that they take other people’s’ stuff away from them. They need newer stuff.
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On the one hand, living in a junkyard might ensure that people won’t come bothering you too often, but on the other hand it won’t be the most comfortable lifestyle. However, it seems like these days in the world of The Walking Dead, it’s hard to have it both ways.