The Walking Dead, Survival Rule Of The Week: Surprises suck

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Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

6) SURPRISE! …The bites turn people.

Okay, if you’re reading this, YOU know that a zombie bite is almost guaranteed to turn you into a zombie eventually, however, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that there will be faaaaaar too many people who, because they don’t believe what they’re dealing with are zombies, will not see the affects of a zombie bite coming, and, that means, they’re going to put you, potentially, in serious danger.

Think back to that scenario I described to you a minute ago, did I call the ones who got onto the plane, train, boat, etc. “the lucky ones”? I did?

Yeah, well, thinking about it, that’s not really true…is it?

You see, yes, whatever vehicle they hypothetically got onto might get them to safety, but, what if some of the people who pushed through the pack, and forced their way onto the vehicle, had gotten bitten before making it there? I mean, if I was one of the people at the back, and saw the zombies coming, or had already felt their bite, I’d damn sure push through a crowd of people to not have them do that to the rest of me, wouldn’t you?

Of course, while this might be a nice respite for all of the people who made it onto the vehicle, it may only be a brief one, because, sooner or later, that person who got bitten will turn, and now, all the other escapees will be trapped in a cramped, sealed vehicle, moving at who knows what speed, with a zombie in their midst that they almost certainly won’t be expecting! Of the three vehicles I’ve mentioned, the boat might be the best option, if you can swim, because at least you could get off of it, worst comes to worst, without becoming scrambled on the ground!

Even if you are aware of what a zombie’s bite can do, not everyone will be, and may assume that, because they weren’t killed by the zombie, that the worst is behind them, or, even if they do know, they may be afraid of telling anyone else around them, meaning that, when you least expect it, you’ll be under attack by another zombie!

The only thing you can do about this problem is, if you’ve had a run-in with zombies, meet someone else who has, or meet a stranger, make sure there’s no bites, and let anyone who thinks the bites aren’t that bad know just how bad they really are. In the worst surprise party ever, finding out you’re keeping company with an additional “guest of honor” is the worst surprise you can get.