3) Hostiles will be underhanded, unscrupulous, and unyielding.
Something I loved from this week’s episode of The Walking Dead was that the first questions Father Gabriel asked Mary were, basically “Why are our friends in a cave?”, “Alpha just somehow managed to move the entire horde into the cave, right before our friends got there?, and, my personal favorite: “Why was the horde in a cave when you told us they’d be in a field?”. It was almost like Father Gabriel read my theory…
But, what’s great about that (At least, for our purposes today), is that Father Gabriel is thinking how you ought to think when dealing with hostiles in a zombie apocalypse.
Yeah, as I said earlier, hostiles have to be smart to exist as hostiles in the apocalypse, but, what does that entail? Well, frankly, it entails the sorts of things we’ve seen the Whisperers do thus far over the last season and a half of The Walking Dead: Using spies, sowing discord, using biological and psychological warfare, setting traps, and spreading disinformation.
If you’re not expecting hostiles to use these tactics…what’s wrong with you? You think they’re going to follow the Geneva Convention? No. They’re going to try to destroy you by any means necessary. Whatever you think is beyond the pale, are the sort of tactics you should realize are probably what your enemies will rely on.
The moment you think your enemies will just “play by the rules”, is the moment you start losing.