The Walking Dead survival rule of the week: Appearances are deceiving

Lauren Ridloff as Connie - The Walking Dead Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC
Lauren Ridloff as Connie - The Walking Dead Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /
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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Alex Meraz as Carver – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /

The Walking Dead, not everyone is your friend

One of the more fun aspects of this week’s episode was watching Daryl navigate the tricky world of being a double-agent amongst the Reapers. We’ve seen it a couple of times with hostiles across the Walking Dead universe, but this is the first time we’ve seen one of our heroes doing it, and the fear of Daryl getting caught makes it exciting.

That said, it wouldn’t be so much fun if you found yourself on Pope’s side of things, would it? But therein lies the problem: It’s tough to know when you can trust people in a zombie apocalypse.

I’ve said it a hundred times before, and I’ll repeat it: The zombie apocalypse brings out the worst of us, and more importantly, the worst in us. When faced with a constant life-or-death struggle and a world where laws no longer have meaning, you’ll discover that otherwise “good” people aren’t that good.

This could range anywhere from simply stealing supplies from you, all the way up to luring you into a trap to die, and every awful thing you could imagine in between. The thing is, any person you meet once the outbreak begins could have ulterior motives, and you need to make sure that anyone you take in doesn’t have such designs.

How can you tell, though? That’s tough because, as the apocalypse wears on, people will probably get better and better at lying, considering the fact, if they are sketchy, their lives will depend on them being good at it. While some people have tells…not everyone does, and you really need to learn how to be able to judge another person’s character, either through talking to them, or more likely, through observing them, watching to see how they act when they think no one’s looking.

Difficult though this will be, you need to learn how to do it, because, if you don’t, you may discover that your new friend has just put a knife in your back.