The Walking Dead, Survival Rule Of The Week: Surviving The City

The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: AMC
The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: AMC /
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– The Walking Dead _ Season 11 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /

Think of places most people will go to escape zombies and AVOID them.

Imagine all the places in your city that people might go to escape zombies. Where are they? Ferries? Train terminals? Bridges? Airports? Yeah, none of those will be viable in the apocalypse.

Why? The simple answer is numbers. If everyone or even ten thousand people go to any one of those places, they will be swamped to capacity, assuming they can even get on any trains, ferries, or planes in the first place. Even if they can, that will just make things worse, as the possibility of escape will turn the crowd into a rioting mob, with people desperately trying to get themselves and whomever they might be with to what they think is safety. When faced with a grisly death, you may see an even scarier thing: The depths desperate people will go.

We’re not even getting into what might happen if someone in the crowd turns. That would be truly horrific.

With bridges and ferries, your biggest threat is the very reason why you’d use such things: Water. If either the bridge or ferry has zombies on it, you may be forced to choose between the water and the dead. In either case, it’s not exactly a great choice — If you’re on a ferry, the distance from there to land may be a long, cold swim that you might not be able to make, and if you’re on a bridge, the water may be hundreds of feet below, a drop that may be just as lethal as a zombie bite.

The worst, though, might be airports.

Suppose the outbreak happens everywhere, like in The Walking Dead. In that case, that means there’s a good chance that at least one person on at least one plane has turned, making things quite hairy inside that plane and making landing almost as dangerous as staying in the air, assuming there would even be clearance to land, as the airport itself might become overrun. Air Traffic Control might try to divert them to another airport in hopes it’s more stable there.

Having friends who are pilots, I asked them once what the chances were of survival in such a situation, to which they simply laughed; the idea was so ridiculous to them.

Your best bet is to avoid such obvious means of escape in the apocalypse and try to find your own way out because, while you may run into zombies in a different part of the city, your chances of survival are far higher than they would be at any train station, ferry terminal, bridge, or airport.