The Walking Dead Survival Rule Of The Week: The Friends Who Aren’t

Josh Hamilton as Lance Hornsby - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC
Josh Hamilton as Lance Hornsby - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /
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Juan Javier Cardenas as Dante – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

The Monster That Hides Among Us

Now, the kind of betrayals I just discussed, while bad, are ones built on something that we can understand, even if we don’t agree with them. It’s natural that a person would be envious of the respect someone else has among their group, or of the relationships they may have: It’s something that’s been happening since time immemorial.

However, there are some people who will betray others not for a logical (If still morally bad) reason, but rather, because they are quite simply evil. These are not mustache-twirling villains, but rather, heartless sociopaths, people utterly incapable of giving a damn in the slightest way about the people around them, no matter what that person’s relationship is to them. They have also been around for a very long time, and will continue to be around once the walking dead rule the Earth.

Why will they do it? Easy: Because the relationships they have with people don’t mean anything to them, and are simply maintained because they have some use, and, should that use ever end, can be dropped or cut off without a second thought.

Naturally, because such people realize that if they were obvious about what they were in the apocalypse, they would get killed faster than a zombie would, they’re not going to be honest about it, and will hide it behind a carefully crafted facade. This begs the question: How do you weed them out before they commit some kind of evil?

Well, from what I can tell, one thing that sociopaths seem to have in common is narcissism. I’m not talking about being an egomaniac who thinks they’re the greatest thing on God’s green Earth, but a person so in love with themselves that even the most minute of slights, is seen as a grievous insult, and will often react as such. If you meet someone who behaves this way, that’s probably the best (and maybe only) hint you’ll get of this person’s true nature, and as a good of a “Stay Away” sign as you’re ever going to get.